I’m a big fan of this #myinternhustle feature for a few reasons. 1) I love the NBA. 2) While the Chicago Bulls are still #1 in my heart, the Golden State Warriors are a close 2nd after living in the Bay Area for the past ten years. And 3) Fisayo’s intern hustle journey reminds me so much of my own, and I love how he goes after what he wants. — He is a student at Stanford University, a member of the Track & Field team and he is passionate about sports. Ready to learn what Fisayo is up to? Read on for more about his internship experience in the sports industry.
Name: Fisayo Omilana
Education: Stanford University, Major: Symbolic Systems
Did you have a dream job or specific career path in mind when you started college? If yes, what was it?
As an incoming freshman, I intended on majoring in Aerospace Engineering to become an astronaut. As you can see, I soon learned that wasn’t for me.
What internship(s) were a part of your Intern Hustle?
June 2018 – August 2018: Basketball Operations Intern with the Golden State Warriors
How did you get your internship(s)?
The Warriors have an application on their website and I just shot my shot.
Name the top three highlights from your Intern Hustle.
- The best part of my internship experience by far was the people in the Warriors’ organization. Particularly, I formed many friendships and personal connections with my fellow summer interns and my boss. Coming into work everyday surrounded by such genuine, intelligent, and good-humored people was the thing that made it the most fun for me!
- Sports are truly my passion. So with most of my responsibilities, being directly involved with the team, it was really easy for me to be excited about my work. I’d consistently wake up motivated to bring my best effort and energy to the office.
- This is more of a goofy highlight, but the food in Oakland is unreal. With so many diverse eating options, I simply can’t hide the fact that I looked forward to lunch on the daily.
What is one of the biggest challenges you faced during an internship and what did you learn from it?
My biggest challenge was working through major roadblocks on my projects. There would be times when I was lost for direction, but by asking for feedback from my mentors and incorporating suggestions from my peers, I was able to work past it. Moral of the story is that seeking out help is not a weakness. In fact, it only improves your final product (whatever that may be).
What is the most unexpected skill you gained from an internship?
To take smart risks is something I’m especially grateful to have learned sooner rather than later. Because opportunities don’t sit around forever waiting to be taken, but they can’t be taken rashly either. Worst comes to worst, you learn from it.
What internship advice do you have for college students?
Not to be discouraged from rejections. It took a lot of tries for me to get my first opportunity and finally receiving an offer was well worth the wait!
Did your desired career path shift at all based on your internship experience(s)? If yes, in what way?
To a degree… I definitely now know that I want to work in sports, so I’m hoping to explore different aspects of the business that is sports, particularly on the player/team side.
Were you offered a job as a result of your Intern Hustle? Tell us about it!
Yes, I was blessed to be offered a job to continue working remotely during the regular season for the Warriors!
And for the final question…What’s your party trick?
I recently got into photography if that counts… My skills are still a work in progress but I’d say I take pretty decent pictures.
(Noted. Maybe we can set something up for The Intern Hustle’s next brand shoot!)
If you’re interested in learning more about internship opportunities with the Golden State Warriors, you can check out their careers page here.
Do you have a #myinternhustle story to share? Or do you know someone else who does? Email me and I’ll send you the details on how you can apply to be featured.