How is Nick Marchiselli ’16 approaching his job search for life after graduation? “I’m reaching out to my network. Those internships come with contacts and experiences that can get you places,” remarks the McCormack Sport Management major.
Without question, Marchiselli has a wealth of experiential learning and connections under his belt. Last summer he multitasked internships with two very different employers. For the first, a Stamford, Connecticut outdoor fitness startup which has developed technology-driven resistance equipment, he researched the health and wellness industry’s competitive market space and best practices. Based in part on Nick’s research, the company’s owner will target his products to a broad spectrum of that marketplace. During the internship, the Isenberg senior caught the entrepreneurial bug. “It was really exciting to be on the ground floor of a business,” he recalls.
Last summer, Nick was also a communications and public relations intern with New York City FC, a Major League Soccer team. In that role, for subsequent press releases, he gathered and transcribed press conference quotes by players, coaches, and the media. And he coordinated game-time filming and photography rights with broadcasters.
In previous internships, Nick managed Metropolitan PGA junior golf tournaments across his native Long Island and worked on operations and media relations with the New York Lizards, a professional lacrosse team. “I especially enjoyed the Lizards internship, because I got to wear different hats, I got to do different things,” he remarks. “Apart from the lacrosse itself, the game-days had high entertainment value and strong community relations.”
Back at McCormack, Nick balances his strong academic performance with his role as president of his department’s student-run McCormack Leaders Club. With 60 to 70 core members and a nine-person executive board, the club organizes annual basketball, golf, and hockey tournaments. It also recruits industry speakers to campus, including a “young guns” panel at its annual case competition gathering, the Future Industry Leaders Conference.
“As the group’s president, I’ve improved my time management and communication skills,” Nick says. He’s also learned how to move back and forth from big-picture issues to the specifics of events, which are managed by subgroups. “For each event, you need to keep channels of communication and resources open, but without getting in the way,” he emphasizes.