Dylan Mah ’14 has been working this past spring as an intern with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the principle organizing body for women’s worldwide professional tennis. Mah’s internship is located in Singapore at the headquarters of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region of the organization.
Mah is a senior at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where he is enrolled in the Sport Science and Management program and is also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship. He plans to graduate this fall. As part of his educational experience, Mah studied abroad at Rice in the spring of 2013 with the Department of Sport Management.
“My experience at Rice has been very meaningful even beyond my stay,” Mah said. “Our institutions are very different in terms of culture. Hence, I would say it’s been really enriching, not just academically, but I also had several opportunities to dabble in the large sport industry there while being immersed in a really different culture.”
Some of the opportunities of which Mah took advantage in Houston included working with IMG and the Houston Dynamo. He worked with Rice Athletics IMG to activate sponsorships, and he managed the SoccerFest and post-game radio show for the Houston Dynamo.
“Dylan worked very hard during his semester at Rice and was able to get some excellent experience while here,” said Dr. Clark Haptonstall, chair of Rice’s Department of Sport Management.
Before his experiences in the sport industry in Houston, Mah interned with a small sport development company in Singapore, called the Michezo Group. After returning to Singapore last summer, Mah worked for Sport Singapore, formerly known as Singapore Sports Council, from July to December of 2013.
These experiences helped Mah land his internship with the WTA, which he began in March and will complete at the end of May. As a Marketing Assistant, he helps deliver various marketing strategies using public relations, digital media, sponsorship, and communications.
Mah plans to continue working for the WTA APAC after the completion of his internship and eventually wants to earn a J.D. in the United States. Long-term, he hopes to teach and groom the next generation of sport professionals.
Molly Mohr, a junior at Rice University, is double majoring in Sport Management and English and minoring in Business.