Throughout his four years at Huntington University, Keirsh Cochran took advantage of multiple internship opportunities to further his love of sports, marketing and broadcasting.
A senior, Cochran shares a love for broadcasting (also his major) and sports, specifically baseball. Through multiple internships with baseball franchises and a local TV news station, he was able to hone in on a future career path.
In various internships, Cochran worked with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a Midwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres; Indiana's NewsCenter as a reporting intern; and the Indianapolis Indians, the International League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In each of his different internships he had different responsibilities and tasks in which he was involved.
For the TinCaps, Cochran worked as part of the video production crew; while with the Indianapolis Indians, he worked in the video production and marketing and promotions departments.
Cochran enjoyed all of his internships, but especially the two involving the baseball teams. He learned different aspects of how the teams work and the details that make all the games possible.
"I learned how a minor baseball organization functions and all the work that goes into each game," he said. "I learned that over a 10-game home stand in 90 degree weather I won't always be happy to be at work but at the end of the day my job is still a lot cooler than most."
Cochran shares that he has always had a love for baseball, but that love can be tested when working more than 100 games in one summer. He came away with that same love for baseball and a clearer sense of what he wanted to do after graduation.
"I first thought I wanted to go into video production, but then when I got into the marketing and promotions aspect I fell in love with it," he said. "Getting paid to throw T-shirts and walk around with a mascot has to be the coolest job ever."
As a January graduate, Cochran is under the wire as he tries to find a job. His internships proved to be more beneficial than he may have thought: They helped him to find a more desirable career path. He recently applied for a marketing and promotions job and accepted a full-time position with the TinCaps as the assistant director of marketing and promotions.
Cochran has come a long way since his freshman year. He has learned many different lessons that have helped him in his internships and will, in turn, help him in his future jobs. With the help of the Enterprise Resource Center he was able to have these opportunities. He encourages others to take advantage and seek out such opportunities.
"Not only did it give me the skills, experience and resume builders I needed, it also gave me the connections and contacts that got me my first job."
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