As part of our ongoing conversation with exciting employers who are seeking interns and new hires, we talked to Todd Krulewich — an ’05 University of Texas grad and current group sales representative for the Minnesota Twins — about what Major League Baseball teams are looking for in future corporate talent.
1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?
Well, I haven’t been in a position yet at this stage of my career to hire anyone. But if I were to be hiring an intern, they would have to be very hungry and eager to learn the ins and outs of the company, ready to put in long hours in order to get the job done, and always willing to lend a helping hand on any project required. When you are trying to make a name for yourself, those are the ways to do it — along with being a tremendous team player and fun to be around.
2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started?
After I graduated from the University of Texas, I immediately started working for the Texas Rangers. My best friend’s sister actually got me an in, and I never looked back. If it wasn’t for her helping me out, I don’t know where I would be. After two years working for the Rangers, I packed up and moved to Minneapolis to work for the Twins and it’s been great. In my opinion though, the best way to get started would be to network your tail off and try to make as many connections as possible before you get into the business. It’s not about what you know, it’s who you know. Once you get your start, then you can show off what you know.
3. What does the future of the industry look like?
I think the future of the industry is as bright as ever. You take a look at the NBA and NFL, and they both are experiencing extremely uncertain futures, but baseball remains as healthy as ever despite a few outstanding issues that are being addressed. I think that is a testament to the people running the MLB, and they deserve a ton more gratitude than they are getting. Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and [the ballpark is] everyone’s favorite summer getaway spot.
“Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and [the ballpark is] everyone’s favorite summer getaway spot.”
I know for the Twins, attendance is at an all-time high, season ticket and group numbers continue to go up year after year, and we have a beautiful new ballpark that was just named the No. 1 sports experience by ESPN. With so many different elements that play into running a baseball team, there are more opportunities than ever to get a start in baseball.
4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?
Always be ready to help when needed and always stay later than necessary. Don’t ever be afraid to take on too much, it’s always better to take projects on than to shy away from them and risk screwing up. If you want to make a negative impression, come in with a hotshot attitude, never volunteer for things, don’t talk to your co-workers and show up on time and leave on time. That’s just to name a few, though.
5. Can you give us a positive intern story?
The most recent positive intern story I can think of is about a co-worker of mine who was an intern for us in 2007. He started out as the ticket sales intern, left after the season, came back as a coordinator and then finally got hired on full time in 2010. It’s his positive attitude and persistence that got him the job. He’s turned out to be a very vital part of this organization and we are lucky to have him.