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Caldwell University Prepared Sport Management Grad for M.B.A. and Internship in Spain

As Juan Sabastian Armas ’23 studies for his M.B.A. in Sport Management at Escuela Universitaria Real Madrid Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain, and interns with an international soccer club, he reflects on the mentorship he received at Caldwell University as an undergraduate. “I’m constantly reminded of the invaluable guidance I received from my professors at Caldwell and my advisor, Professor [Neil] Malvone,” said Armas, who earned a B.S. in Sport Management from Caldwell.

Armas is currently taking courses in general management, data entry, and facility management, with a primary focus on soccer. He has been happy to have the chance to attend Real Madrid games in Spain. “This journey is life-changing, and I often find myself reflecting on everything Caldwell has done for me.”

He is grateful for the experiential learning opportunities he enjoyed through internships at Caldwell and his work-study position in the School of Education.

“These experiences have allowed me to build a strong network and connections in the sports and professional industry. Without these experiences and the sports internships, I don’t think I would be where I am today, and for that, I am truly thankful,” said Armas, who was inducted into the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Honor Society, at Caldwell’s Honors Convocation last spring. He graduated magna cum laude and earned the highest GPA in his graduating class in the sports management academic program. Debbie Giordano, staff member in the School of Education, said the employees in the School of Education appreciated Armas’ hard work and reliance.

“Whenever anything was needed, he was there. He became a very important and special part of our team.”

Virginia Rich, the associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, appreciates the opportunity and support the School of Education provided to Juan during his studies at Caldwell. “I’m proud that his education and experiential learning allowed him to move forward to graduate studies in Spain. His positive experiences at our University are what we try to provide for all our students, every day.”

Malvone is very pleased that Armas is in an M.B.A. program in Spain where the curriculum is based on the work of the Real Madrid Football Club and the instructors are executives and business partners of the club. “Juan is immersed in real hands-on experience…he has met with media partners, sponsors, players and team leaders. This type of learning exposes Juan to the billion-dollar soccer industry with his ultimate goal to work for an international soccer club when he completes the program,” said Malvone.

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About Caldwell University

As one of the most affordable private colleges in the region, Caldwell University continues to provide academic excellence and lifelong inspiration through its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence.

Students can choose from 84 undergraduate majors and 31 graduate programs including nationally accredited programs in business, counseling, nursing, art therapy, education and applied behavior analysis.

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Caldwell sits in the heart of the tristate area offering many opportunities for internships, cultural and sporting events. Just 20 minutes away are great destinations in New Jersey including The Meadowlands Sports Complex, Prudential Center and the Jersey shore. Close proximity to New York City also offers great opportunities for internships and cultural development.

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