Santander Consumer USA “Create Your Career” interns filled two suites overlooking the third-base line at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where they watched the Texas Rangers – and pitcher Yu Darvish – defeat the New York Yankees on Monday, July 28.
About 30 interns attended the game, which also featured the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, making his last visit to Texas before retiring at the end of the 2014 season.
“For many of the interns, it was their first time to attend a professional baseball game, so there was much excitement and awe to go around,” said Philip Witcher, SCUSA manager of university relations. “The night couldn’t have ended any better for the Rangers or the interns. They got a chance to witness history as lights flashed all over the stadium during Jeter’s last at bat.”
“It was exciting to spend time with the interns outside of work,” said Andrew Mahr, SCUSA university relations recruiter, who was an intern last summer. “It is awesome to be part of an organization with the resources to pull off an event of this sort just for its interns.”
The interns are nearing the end of their summer program, which is managed by Witcher and Mahr. This year’s internship program started in May and wraps up in early August.
A total of 42 students representing 11 schools, including SMU, UT Dallas, University of North Texas and University of Dallas, are participating in the program. The students have been working in more than a dozen SCUSA departments from marketing to decision science, corporate engagement and information technology.
“Seeing the 2014 interns gathered into the suites, knowing they are right where I was last year was very gratifying,” said Mahr. “My hope for all of them is that they continue to grow and watch their lives transform as they make the transition from students to full time employees.”
“They have certainly come a long way in 11 weeks!”