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Day 23: A Brand New MISSION

Sofia Bonilla 2017, Blog

This blog will help me tell you about my summer here in New York City. Last year, I decided to apply to one of the most prestigious programs in the sports industry; with more than 2000 applicants, I was one of 25 people chosen to experience the industry on a whole different level.

You may be wondering, what am I doing in a sports program while studying industrial engineering? In terms of my career, all I know is that I enjoy math and that I’m pretty good at it. Nevertheless, ever since I gave up my gymnastics career I felt the need to return to the sports world. Gladly, MSBA opened the doors for me to pursue this dream and find my right path within the industry.

MSBA consists of an Internship Placement with a sports related company, a Speaker Series with prominent sports executives, and the chance to meet a group of intelligent and driven MSBA colleagues. A regular day for an MSBA member starts with their internship from 9am to 6pm and ends with a programming event from 7pm to 9pm. Pretty exhausting? YES! However, it shows the dedication and passion we each possess to venture outside of our comfort zones – especially in an urban jungle like NYC.

Today is a very casual day, as it falls on a long weekend the day before the Fourth of July. I will probably enjoy the break by hanging out with my MSBA fam, but for this blog’s purpose I won’t describe my July 3rd since it will be pretty uneventful compared to other days. In fact, I’ll give you a bit more insight of my job at Mission Athletecare (MISSION).

“Even though I am just an intern, I am constantly creating quality work that will be useful for both executives and investors. Honestly, at MISSION I feel a strong sense of belonging that motivates me to keep learning and working hard.”

MISSION is a company that sells sportswear products that enhance performance and speed up recovery through temperature regulation (without being biased, their gear is really cool gear – you should check it out @MissionAthlete). As their Financial Analyst Intern, I have learned how to design reports and indicate different trends in the market to facilitate executive decision-making. Regardless of my day-to-day assignments, my favorite part about MISSION is their working culture. Even though I am just an intern, I am constantly creating quality work that will be useful for both executives and investors. Honestly, at MISSION I feel a strong sense of belonging that motivates me to keep learning and working hard.

My MSBA experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with both professionals in the sport’s industry and with my MSBA peers. Before starting MSBA, I was unsure if the program would be a good fit for me because of my cultural and intellectual background. Now only four weeks into the program, all that doubt is gone; I can assure you that I have never been exposed to such a unique group of individuals who will help me become the professional I aspire to be.