"You have to be willing to work hard and gain experience."
You might say that SNHU’s sport management program paved the road to the Magic Kingdom for Abbi Newton ’08 and ‘11, who earned her bachelor’s in sport management and her Global MBA at SNHU.
It was her internship that ultimately landed her a job at the Disney-owned ESPN Wide World of Sports, where she works as a competition coordinator, assisting clients and event managers.
Finding the right program and getting hands-on experience was a key to her success. Abbi, a Vermont native, says classes such as Sport Marketing and Sport Finance gave her the right mixture of business and sports management knowledge she needed to pursue her dream career.
“I never knew that I could go to school and study to work in sports,” Abbi says.
Abbi took full advantage of the opportunities available to her at SNHU – she played soccer for the Penmen and worked at the Manchester Monarchs merchandise shop. She also participated in a special program in Beijing, where she and 10 other students shadowed event volunteers at the 2008 Olympic Games. In the summer of 2009, Abbi traveled Down Under to study Australian sport before she went on to earn her Global MBA.
It was Abbi’s experience as an event management intern at ESPN that put her in a position to score her current job. One of 30 graduate interns chosen out of a group of 300 applicants, she helped plan and execute special events such as the Special Olympic Florida State Games and the AAU Basketball championships.
“The best advice I could give a prospective student is that you have to be willing to work hard and gain experience in order to reach your dream job,” she says. “Networking and experience are the keys to being successful, especially while you are in school.”