Although his time at New Paltz was brief, Matt Hilton says its impact will stay with him on a professional and personal level for the rest of his life.
As one of 10 students in the college’s Institute for International Business program this past spring, Matt, who is a sports management major at his home school of Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, spent two months on campus taking four courses before venturing to New York City to complete a two-month internship with the United States Tennis Association’s National Tennis Center, which hosts the annual U.S. Open.
The program provided Matt with the opportunity to achieve his goals of studying in the United States and gaining as much work experience as possible. The program is a four-month, study abroad and internship program where students spend half of their time taking undergraduate- and graduate-level business courses before heading to New York City for an internship in areas such as marketing, public relations, sports and event management.
Matt said at the U.S. Open he worked in areas such as ticketing, administration and construction and grounds for the 22,000-seat arena in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
Matt says made the most of his time at New Paltz and forged friendships he hopes will last a lifetime. While working in New York City, Matt returned to New Paltz a number of times to visit with the eight students he lived with on campus. They spent weekends picnicking and hiking at Minnewaska State Park, where he says he could relax before returning to his hectic schedule.
In mid-May, on his last day with the IIB program, Matt returned to New Paltz for one more visit before heading out on a two-week trip to visit cities in Texas, Nevada and California with a fellow IIB student. Looking around the campus, he said he couldn’t believe the program was over and soon he would be heading back home.
“The whole experience gave me a head start and propelled me forward,” he said.