Fans come from across the U.S. to experience baseball’s spring training in Florida every March. But few had the vantage point of Palm Beach Atlantic University senior communications major Emma Bottenfield.
Her internship site was Roger Dean Stadium, which houses spring training for the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. She worked with group sales and promotions for the stadium where the High-A affiliates of each team, the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals, play in the Florida State League.
“It was a phenomenal experience,” Bottenfield, from Jupiter, Florida, says. “I love the world of sports.”
Communications major Emma Bottenfield, right, worked on promotions during spring training games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
But like any good internship, it pushed her outside her comfort zone. Announcing between inning promotions in front of 7,000 people pushed her to her limits, but she now has “no fear” of public speaking.
While working on a minor in education, Bottenfield volunteered at Bright Futures Academy, a charter school in Palm Beach Gardens. Reading to the students and helping them prepare for the upcoming school year grew on Bottenfield. She ended up spending a lot of her summers there doing what needed to be done, from moving classrooms to cleaning up school supplies.
On campus, she found time to serve as a Presidential Ambassador for two years and Student Government for one year. But sports were always on her mind. She worked with the volleyball team and intramurals, as well as in the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation.
Looking to the future, Bottenfield, daughter of PBA’s baseball coach and former Major League pitcher Kent Bottenfield, talks again about sports. A self-proclaimed huge fan of the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Cardinals, she says that her dream job would be working in either city for one of those teams.