Alarcón goes from Baruch to Boston
Former MLB intern's perseverance has paid off
Maritza Alarcón knows how to take full advantage of every opportunity that is given to her.
Alarcón recognized at a young age that she wanted to marry a professional career with her passions. While attending Baruch College at the City University of New York, she realized that her love for sports could be a portal to a career possibility.
"I met with someone who pursued a career in professional sports with the NFL," Alarcón said. "She was a Baruch alum, and we had similar backgrounds. I knew if she could do it, I could do it. She soon became my mentor; I looked at her as a role model and took similar steps in order to pursue my own career."
Alarcón has always been an avid baseball fan, so when she landed a dream internship with Major League Baseball within the Diverse Business Partners program, she found a way to make the most out of her opportunity. She quickly sought mentors within the Office of the Commissioner and was able to extend her 10-week internship through her senior year at Baruch College.
Alarcón stresses the importance of being self motivated during her tenure at MLB.
"You have to pursue your own job leads, networks, and career initiatives -- You could be an amazing intern, but people are not going to help you unless you ask them for help," she said decisively.
When Alarcón learned about the Red Sox Fellowship Program through a college peer, she sought the guidance of mentors she made at MLB.
"I cannot put a value on the mentoring I received in the past year," she said. "I had very few professional sports contacts when I began interning at MLB. However, because of the many people I encountered, I was able to feel comfortable during my job search. I felt like there were people backing me up on what I wanted to do."
The Red Sox Fellowship Program, which is in its second year, prides itself in bringing diverse college graduates into the industry of professional sports. With her DBP experience and strong dedication to diversity, Alarcón and the Red Sox Fellowship became a match.
Alarcón also notes that her experience with DBP allowed her to create a strong connection between the Office of the Commissioner and the Red Sox front office.
"The fact that I was a Diverse Business Partner intern was beneficial," she said. "The Red Sox are looking to expand their DBP program, and I will be assisting them with that."
Alarcón is most looking forward to her six-month working project: Fenway Turns 100 Years Old. She will be conducting comprehensive research on events that took place in 1912, working on product development, and finding ways to ensure that Sox fans are involved in the season-round celebration. She conveys that she is up to the challenging task, and adds that she will put what she learned at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business into practice.
She said proudly, "It will give me the opportunity to leverage the business skills that I learned at Baruch with baseball."
Alarcón explains that Fenway Park will be the first Major League ballpark to commemorate its 100th year anniversary, citing that Wrigley Field may be the second stadium to celebrate its 100th year in 2014. Alarcón is reverent about the historical aspect of the project, "I will leave my mark on it through this fellowship," she said. "I am looking forward to becoming a part of history, even if it is in a small way."
Distinctive of Alarcón's character, she explains that she intends to make the most of the fellowship.
"I want to take full advantage of this professional opportunity, cultivate my leadership and team skills, and most of all, enjoy my time while I am there," she said.
Similar to other organizations that she has encountered, the Red Sox will come to recognize this entrepreneurial spirit as just Maritza being Maritza.
Josephine Martínez is a student at Le Moyne College and a MLB Diverse Business Partners intern. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.