Guest Blog: Sports Management

I spent my spring semester interning at Mylan World TeamTennis and I couldn’t have found a better match. This was an internship where I could actually work for an organization that shares my passion in tennis. And as the icing on top of a cake, I got to work with one of the 100 most influential and important American icons of the past century, Billie Jean King.

Getting to know about this internship was a breeze thanks to the Tisch Center Career Fair that was held at the Wasserman Center. However, securing the internship took a fair bit of effort. Writing the cover letter and polishing the resume are some of the key steps towards securing the internship and that had to be done by a certain date. And with my schedule as it is with varsity tennis and 17 credits this semester, that was a challenge. However, I feel that sometimes having a little pressure helps me to focus better on the things that are actually important and I got called up for an interview and was finally accepted as an intern for the spring of 2013.

What I felt benefited me the most was learning how a professional tennis league was organized and run. From player contracts to sorting out player rankings and their bios, even updating the seemingly endless Operations Manual was rather intimidating at first. However, I realized that if I want to start something on my own in the tennis industry, this is what needs to be done. It is all down to hard work and making sure that every detail, every possible scenario is looked into and planned for to ensure that the matches and events proceed smoothly. It was an eye-opener into the real world of how tennis events should be managed.

 

It isn’t all work and no play either. My supervisor was kind enough to get me a ticket to watch Tennis Night in America at Madison Square Garden, which featured the likes of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams playing exhibition matches. It was a great experience watching the pros up close and a real treat since I’ve never seen either Nadal or Serena live before, and not to mention the seats that we got were amazing. I was literally almost courtside. As an added bonus, Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, showed up right in front of me and I was probably too star-struck to do anything. It was an amazing night overall and I was glad to be part of it.

    

Finally, I’d just like to say that working at Mylan World TeamTennis has been a wonderful experience and it is also my first internship in New York City. It is hard work managing tennis, academics and an internship all in one semester but I feel like at the end of it, there is a sense of achievement and that feeling is irreplaceable.

Now hiring Interns for Summer 2013!

Film/Video Editor

Marketing and Communications

For more Team Summer Positions visit: http://www.WTT.com/Internships

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