Student of the Week: Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson – a University of Nevada alum – receives the student of the week honor for the second time this year. Zach has been an outstanding student leader this year in the SMBA 2015 cohort. Recently, he started an internship with the Tiger Woods Foundation in Irvine, CA.


Zach Johnson (right) was awarded Student of the Week Honors for the second time this year.

This program has done a great job presenting the class with different avenues and options to pursue. A lot of those experiences come through internships, working on the days when we don’t have class. Throughout the year, there have been plenty of chances to find an internship and I really think I found the one that is the best fit for me. 

Towards the end of the summer, I started an internship with the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF). I am excited about it because not only am I working with a great organization, but I will also have the opportunity to use some of the skills I have acquired through my time in the Sports MBA program at San Diego State. I am interning in the Corporate Partnerships department, out of the Irvine office, learning about the field I want to start a career in following the program. So far the experiences have been excellent.

It’s a exciting and busy time at TWF because we are preparing for the Hero World Challenge, a PGA sanctioned tournament including the top 18 pros in the world, set to be played in Orlando during the first week of December. As an intern, some of my duties include prospecting clients, calling on new clients, preparing proposals, asset fulfillment, assisting the sales staff, and group ticketing. All of this and more has allowed me to get a lot of first-hand experience. It has been a great opportunity to be able to learn in all of these areas in a short amount of time. I definitely think my time at TWF will better prepare me for a career in the sports industry and I am looking forward to what the future months will bring.

It’s crazy to sit back and think that the classroom portion of the program is just a couple months from completion. It’s as if time since January has moved at warp speed and I know that I have learned a lot in the previous nine months. My internship has given me an opportunity  to add some work experience to the classroom knowledge and start to see all the hard work start to take shape. I am grateful that I have been able to do the things I have so far through the SMBA program and I am looking forward to a strong finish.