Students go hog-wild for IronPig internships

By Arielle Friscia
August 27, 2009

Shannon Keough

This summer Cabrini College students from the communication department were given the opportunity to broaden their communication skills through internships with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The internship started last year through 89.1 WYBF-FM “The Burn”.

The IronPigs are the AAA team of the Phillies.

IronPigs came together to start an internship where students were able to receive the skills that they would need for the future.

The students were able to go up to the stadium and perform different multimedia tasks and watch the game.

Other times they would come to Cabrini and broadcast the games from the WYBF studio.

Danielle Alio, sophomore, communication major, has been interning since the end of May.

She has not only broadcasted games at WYBF, but has also gone up to the stadium plenty of times.

“I got to talk to the broadcasters, meet and interview some players and enjoy the atmosphere of the game first-hand,” Alio said.

“The internship did open doors career wise. I was able to sample what it is like to work in sports. It definitely made me start to consider sports broadcasting as an option as well as news.”

This summer the students interning for the IronPigs had to make a final project where they the choice to write an article, make a video or do an audio piece.

Alio, who is making a video piece, plans on giving the IronPigs her own video.

For another sophomore communication major, Nick Guldin, this summer internship has opened up a lot of doors for his potential future career.

“I got to sit in with the radio broadcasters who do the play- by-play for the games, which was a lot of fun,” Guldin said.

“I was allowed to produce my own post game show with my fellow intern as well as do major league updates during the game.”

Noelle Westfall, senior communication major, started the IronPigs internship in May as well.

She felt that she has expanded her knowledge on using the Dalet system that is used at WYBF’s station.

Westfall, who enjoys watching baseball but is not much of a sports enthusiast, enjoyed being part of the program this summer.

She was even more excited about being part of the IronPigs internship because she did not have this full opportunity at her previous school.

Westfall has realized that her top career pick would be radio.

“I’ve really enjoyed it a lot. Working at WYBF is fantastic,” Westfall said.

“I really liked learning more about the radio equipment. I also had a great time watching the games at the stadium. Everyone was still very friendly.”

Both Alio and Guldin interviewed players such as John Mayberry Jr., Andy Tracy and J.J Furmaniak, who are some of the players for the IronPigs.

Both Alio and Guldin agreed they would do this internship again because of the great experience they had.

The IronPigs internship started in April and will end Labor Day weekend.

The Pigs, who are currently in fourth place, have a roster of 26 players.

“Students need this type of experience,” Alio said. “One can not choose a career without experiencing it first.”

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