From travel courses in China and London to a highly sought-after internship at New Balance, Mount Ida Senior Alex Battaglia is going places. Though she chose Mount Ida partly because of its proximity to her home town of Lowell, MA, her Mount Ida experience has expanded her horizons tremendously.
As a high school student, Battaglia knew that she wanted to study graphic design in college, and Mount Ida helped her to make a smooth transition into college academic life. With one-on-one attention from dedicated faculty and staff, Battaglia thrived on campus, earning a place on the dean’s list. During her first year, she applied to a travel course to China and received a scholarship from Santander Universities to cover her expenses. As a sophomore, she found her first internship in the Mount Ida College Advancement Office, designing graphics for alumni events, and was able to study abroad again, this time in London.
Battaglia continued working in the Mount Ida Alumni Office throughout her Junior Year. It was while working with alumni that she connected with New Balance Senior Apparel Demand Planner Steve Butch, who graduated from Mount Ida’s Sport Management Program in 1997. Battaglia made an impression on Butch, who ended up mentoring her, helping to edit her resume and recommending her for an internship at New Balance. Battaglia started her internship in May 2015. As a Lifestyle and Footwear Graphic Design Intern, she spent her summer helping to design the colorful patterns that will adorn New Balance sneakers hitting stores in 2016. New Balance was so pleased with Battaglia’s performance that they asked her to continue her internship into the fall.
Summarizing her time at Mount Ida so far, Battaglia says “I really urge other students to take full advantage of their time at Mount Ida. Study abroad, make connections with faculty and staff, and engage with Mount Ida alumni network. There are scholarships that can help you travel far and wide and amazing alumni who can mentor you and help you launch your career.”