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Manhattan Sports Business Academy is a summer immersion program designed for college students seeking career acceleration in the sports industry. Following a competitive selection process, MSBA delivers a comprehensive learning experience to an intimate group through internship placement, mentorship pairing, a speaker series, office field trips and other professional development curriculum. Based in New York City, we ensure members understand the real landscape of our diverse business through invaluable access and exposure while joining a leading community of established executives and like-minded peers from around the world.

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MSBA gives you an opportunity to develop the genuine relationships necessary to excel in this business. I can honestly say I would not still be in the sports industry if it wasn’t for the connections I made during my summer in New York. Combining that with the personal interest this program has in your success, you cannot go wrong.
Alex Combs
Tournament Services, THE PLAYERS Championship / PGA TOUR (MSBA Class of 2016)
Landing my former position with Major League Baseball would not have been possible without the experiences and resources I acquired through my summer with MSBA.
Kahlil Keys
Manager, Global Partnerships / Legends (MSBA Class of 2014)
MSBA displays and produces excellence; from the website you're on right now, to the fine-tuned eight week itinerary, no detail is overlooked. Each participant is given a customized experience designed to strengthen his or her skills. I am forever indebted to this organization for kick-starting my career, and I feel beyond fortunate knowing I always have this community to lean on.
Natalie Pfeifer
Travel Director / Maritz Travel (MSBA Class of 2017)
In a matter of just eight weeks with MSBA, we received invaluable advice from countless industry professionals, experienced everything New York City has to offer, and most importantly made 24 new friends with similar aspirations. MSBA continues to cultivate a community of brilliant young professionals year in and year out, and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without everyone involved.
Sumner Franklin
Associate Manager, Golf / Wasserman (MSBA Class of 2017)
MSBA not only offers you direct access to professionals from all aspects of the sports industry, but also connects you with a group of like-minded peers who are just as hungry to begin their careers as you are. Being able to use this network as the foundation for my career in sports has been invaluable, and I know it will only continue to benefit me in the future.
Courtney Chase
M.S., Sport Management Candidate / University of Massachusetts Amherst (MSBA Class of 2016)
No doubt MSBA was a catalyst for my professional development. Not only did MSBA allow me to uncover new skill sets and push me professionally, it paved the road that landed me in my current job. Aside from playing a key role in my summer experience, MSBA's network is full of professionals willing to put in the time to help you jumpstart your career even after the program is over. As the quality of the program continues to flourish, and as we all grow collectively in the business together, I'm proud to call myself an MSBA alum.
Ethan Shibutani
Specialist, Acquisition Marketing / DraftKings (MSBA Class of 2013)
MSBA provided an experience both invaluable and game-changing. In just eight weeks, the close relationships I made - and continue to maintain to this day - with my classmates are unique and unparalleled, and it's extremely rewarding to see most of us getting our sports careers underway. No doubt we have the MSBA program, its staff, and our mentors to thank for giving us exposure to one another and to some of the industry's best. I can confidently say that MSBA is one of the smartest professional decisions I've ever made.
Chris Stathos
Partnership Activation Coordinator / Kansas City Chiefs (MSBA Class of 2013)

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The comprehensive program that MSBA has put together strongly complements our Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program, which focuses on professional development and leadership opportunities. This is our second year working with MSBA and the partnership has already yielded a full-time hire at the USTA. I am looking forward to growing our partnership with MSBA in the future!
Stefanie Iennaco
Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion / United States Tennis Association
MSBA's ability to find hungry and impressive students is second to none. Their interns are always extremely ambitious, well-coached and a pleasure to be around. Having been involved with the program since its inception in 2012, I can confidently say that MSBA produces some of the most well-respected young professionals in our industry.
Jared Schoenfeld
Vice President, Brand Partnerships / The Player's Tribune
Joining MSBA as a Mentor has been one of the greatest experiences in my career as the rewards are two-fold. As part of a Mentorship Collective, you work closely with your student to help them navigate this fast-paced and demanding industry where relationships last long after summer ends. At the same time, you have the opportunity to lean on your collective team for guidance and support. I wish this program had existed when I was graduating college, as it’s an amazing network of professionals that quickly become family. I look forward to continuing to grow with MSBA.
Amanda Flynn
Manager, Operations / Major League Soccer
We trust MSBA's thorough selection process to deliver strong candidates and have experienced the value that comes from introducing their students into our internship program. MSBA students elevate the program's success with their passion and are always among the most engaged and highest-potential within the group. Most importantly, we've had success converting MSBA interns into full time associates upon graduation, where they continue to add value to the Foot Locker team.
Suzanne Edelberg
Human Resources Manager / Foot Locker, Inc.
I love the value and programming that MSBA continues to offer its participants and there is no greater feeling than giving back to the future of sports business leaders. MSBA allows me to provide young students with industry insights and experiences that I didn't have the opportunity to leverage in the beginning of my career. MSBA continues to improve its content and structure every year; the future is extremely bright for this organization.
Brad Aikins
Client Partner / Twitter
MSBA is a game-changing opportunity for serious young professionals seeking a competitive advantage in our demanding and evolving industry. I wish this type of program existed when I was looking for a way to break in.
Darren Rovell
Sports Business Analyst / ESPN

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