Brad Ciolek: Internship Report

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I was lucky enough to interview Brad Ciolek the scouting administrator for the Baltimore Orioles. Brad and I had our discussion on the phone over fall break, which lasted about 30-40 minutes. Mr.Ciolek told me that after playing high school baseball, he decided that he enjoyed baseball so much that he wanted to attempt to make a career out of it. While discussing his professional life with me, I found out that Brad attained this position through interning with the Orioles in 2011; briefly leaving the organization and returning in 2013 when a job opening presented itself. Mr. Ciolek is very important to the Orioles organization due to the fact that he is in charge of roughly 700 players scouting reports each year. From the time that I was …show more content…
In doing so, I would also be putting in the realistic time that a scout in the industry puts in which would help me to adapt to the hours that a scout may work from time to time. Next, I plan on reaching out to Brad with a few of my scouting reports so that he could critique my reports and help me to become even better at completing these scouting reports. After a while, I am hoping that if he sees the quality of work that he likes potentially trying to bring me on for an internship in the summer. By doing this I would gain experience with a major league team and as long as I do a professional job through the connections that I could potentially make with the Orioles, be invited back to intern again or even hired a job post college. The second piece of advice that struck me was doing anything I could to get my foot in the door within the organization. So, I went out on LinkedIn and used some staff directories to find professionals within the fields that I am interested in. Some of these professionals accepted my invitation and I have found myself in contact with Jesse Stender, who is the Coordinator of Minor League Operations for the Colorado Rockies. While he does not line up exactly with scouting I am in the process of setting up a phone call with him because this is a way that I can get my foot in the door and having the opportunity to talk to a professional in the industry is something that I do not want to pass up on. With this call coming within the next week or two I am hoping to understand another avenue of the baseball industry not only to find out more about what it takes but also to attempt to narrow down the positions that I am interested in within the

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