By Amelia Vogler, ‘11

Cameron Brown, a 2010 graduate and former Spider baseball third baseman, is used to fast pitches.

But now instead of hitting the field, Brown is putting his baseball experience to work as an intern with Major League Baseball’s public relations department in New York City.

“I like to think that I get to work on my hobby, which is being a huge baseball fan,” said Brown, who majored in political science and minored in rhetoric and communication studies. “The non-baseball side of PR is extremely exciting because we’re dealing with on-the-field issues and interacting with the media and fans.”

Before graduation, Brown knew he wanted to pursue a career related to sports. During his senior year, he interned with the Richmond office of Octagon, a sports marketing firm.

Brown worked on various sports and event marketing projects for fellow baseball alumnus Giff Breed, R’81, managing director of golf and outdoors at Octagon in Richmond.

“It was a really great experience because I got my first exposure to marketing and communications, and I was given a lot of responsibility, which allowed me to really take a stake in the projects that were assigned to me,” Brown said.

While at Richmond, Brown also took advantage of the Career Development Center’s Spiders in Media and Communications road trip to New York, where he was able to visit advertising, public relations and marketing companies and meet with alumni and other professionals working in the communications field.

“During the trip, a presentation by Dan Mannix, [R’89, founder, president and CEO at LeadDog Marketing,] about following your passion and applying yourself really stuck with me,” Brown said. “From there, it took persistence and patience, but I was able to use my experiences to move forward in the field of sports marketing.”

Brown sees himself continuing to work in sports, but for now he’s focusing on learning as much as he can and putting the skills he’s acquired to use.

“It’s rewarding to see that the work that you do, even as an intern, is vital to the daily function of the office,” Brown said. “I’d love to keep working in baseball because it’s really great to be able to enjoy what you do each day.”