"I've really gotten to use the skills I have learned in my quantitative classes while working in the sports and entertainment business that I've learned about through my arts and entertainment classes."
– Iliana Valor, Class of 2017

Iliana Valor from San Antonio, Texas is an arts and entertainment management and quantitative business analysis major on our New York City campus. Iliana is the student coordinator for the Arts and Entertainment Management Program and an undergraduate mentor for student support services. Iliana is currently an intern at Madison Square Garden! 
 
Where are you currently interning? 
I'm currently interning at Madison Square Garden with Revenue Planning and Operations. I've previously interned for Culture Project, a human rights theater on Bleecker Street, and Flying Television, a celebrity booking and public relations firm. 
 
What have you been working on at your internship? Has it sparked an interest in a career/area of study you hadn't already thought about? Or has it confirmed that you are on the right path?
Since the NBA and NHL seasons have started, I have been busy doing a lot of ticketing prep work for the upcoming games, like organizing comp tickets, sending daily ticket reports, and helping out the sales representatives with anything necessary. I've also been helping to create analytical models about ticket pricing and suites reporting. I've really gotten to use the skills I have learned in my quantitative classes while working in the sports and entertainment business that I've learned about through my arts and entertainment classes. Working at Madison Square Garden has really sparked my interest in working in the sports industry; the thrill of game days and the environment is so much fun. I definitely see myself working in sports in the future. 
 
Do you believe your internship experience has helped to prepare you for your future? 
Interning for different types of companies has really taught me what I like and don't like. It's similar to going through a trial run of so many different career paths and you can figure out what you like to do before you get into the real world. I would have never even thought about working in sports or analytics if it wasn't for my past internships.  
 
Any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships? 
My advice is to take advantage of everything that Pace has to offer, from resume writing to Handshake to getting involved on campus. I mean, Pace has so many resources to help students. Also, getting involved with Lubin student organizations like the Industry Network really helped me learn how to network and act like a professional when I first got to Pace. By talking to faculty and upperclassmen, I got a lot less nervous about interviewing and networking.  
 
In a few sentences, describe the best thing about your internship: 
The best part is definitely getting to work at the Garden and getting to go to games! Knicks and Rangers fans are so passionate about their teams, seeing the energy of everyone is so amazing!

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