Maritza Alarcon (’08) is a big baseball fan, as well as a young woman who knows how to make the most of her Baruch education. So it was a match made in heaven last summer when she got a highly coveted internship with Major League Baseball, working in the offices of Commissioner Bud Selig on a program designed to encourage minority business owners to pursue contracts with MLB. The perks included excursions to Yankee and Mets games, as well as meeting with New York Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya.
Maritza must have impressed someone in MLB because her summer internship has been extended into the fall of 2007. Remarkably, this is the fifth paid internship Maritza has held since high school. Only 20 years old and a full-time student, Maritza has also interned for NASCAR, for the Brooklyn Cyclones, and last summer, in a departure from her love affair with sports, for the New York Times. “I’ve interned every semester around 20 hours a week and full-time every summer,” she says matter-of-factly.
A management major at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, Maritza would dearly love to work is a professional sports organization upon graduation. But whatever she does, she knows she’ll probably need an MBA degree to land a management position; characteristically, she’s getting a leg up on that too. Last June, she was one of 80 students from across the country (three from Baruch) to take part in the Harvard Business School’s week-long “sample” MBA program, a program created to bring greater diversity to the managerial and executive strata of American business. Fluent in Spanish and English, Maritza also visited and took classes in Argentina over the 2007 Winter intercession.
A resident of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and a graduate of Edward R. Murrow High School, Maritza says her internship with Major League Baseball is the most rewarding she’s ever had. “It could lead to a fulltime job offer,” she adds cautiously. With her track record and networking skills, we’re counting on her to hit the ball out of the park.