Internship: Summer Associate of Strategy and Development for the Chicago Cubs
Responsibilities: I worked on several cross-functional projects related to the business operations of the team, particularly as the club restores Wrigley Field over the next several years. The projects touched on operational issues, fan-facing initiatives and the evolution of the sports industry.
How I benefited from this experience: I am remarkably passionate about the sports management industry. There are few entities that have the same capacity to unite people as professional teams. To be at the center of that – particularly as the Cubs face a series unique business and political challenges – was an incredibly special experience.
Something I’ve learned at Kellogg that was applicable to this role: Always search for disconfirming evidence. Many of the practices in the sports industry happen a certain way because of momentum (i.e. the way things have always been done). By challenging myself and others to push our thinking beyond the intuitive and by never being satisfied with my first answer, I was able to see real change at the organization in a short period of time.