Day 26

Day 26: Finding My Way

Aly Gill 2015, Blog

Since I began my internship at Roc Nation, I have been researching potential future markets for NBA draft picks Justise Winslow and Willie Caulie-Stein. I examined prospective sponsors and partners, compiled contacts into excel sheets, and proceeded to reach out to various corporate executives. Furthermore, I was fortunate enough to be responsible for welcoming these potential partners to Roc Nation’s 2015 NBA Draft Party at JAY Z’s 40/40 Club. As if being in New York for the 2015 NBA Draft and working the Draft Party weren’t exhilarating enough, Justise and Willie both went top 10.

“I wanted to be the ultimate sponge that came in and soaked up any and every bit of information thrown my way.”

My internship has provided me with a wide range of invaluable experiences revolving around the world of sports business, and the NBA Draft party was just one of the diverse projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on this summer. When I applied to MSBA, it was very evident to Lorne and the rest of the leadership team that I was as lost in my career path as I was my first day in New York City. I told them I wanted to be a part of this program to gain exposure to various aspects of the sports business world – aspects that I may have never considered or may have even previously been blind to. I wanted to be the ultimate sponge that came in and soaked up any and every bit of information thrown my way. I was assured that the curriculum of MSBA would help me do just that.

The network, speaker series, mentorship, internship placement and general guidance I have been provided with have given me such confidence and peace of mind. Although I can’t say I have found my exact niche in the world of sports business just yet, I can confidently say that I have a much better idea of the general direction I’m headed and the type of professional I want to be. I can also confidently say that I have MSBA to thank for that.