The CSLi Fellowship Program builds a community of exemplary undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from across the Forty Acres and exposes them to pressing sports issues and cultivates each Fellow’s ability to lead in their respective organizations and into the next stage of life. Although this is an unpaid fellowship, fellows are given substantial development and advancement opportunities.
Where they are now
CSLi Fellows receive the following benefits:
- VIP access to #iLEAD
- Exclusive access to mentorship opportunities
- Preferred access to sports-related internships
- Professional and personal development training
- Sport company visit
Fellows play a role in all CSLi operations for events and programming, including:
- Captains Academy: leadership training for high school sports captains
- #iLEAD Series: using sport for good
Previous Fellows Guest Speakers Include
- Jimmy Sexton, Agent, CAA
- Leigh Steinberg, CEO, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment
- Dr. Jen Welter, First female NFL coach
- Nate Boyer, former Green Beret, former UT Football
- Galen Duncan, Professional Development at Sacramento Kings
- Bill Stapleton, Founder, New Waterloo
- Sean Foley, Founder, Austin Sports & Entertainment
- Laura Dixon, External Relations, San Antonio Spurs
- Tim Jackson, General Manager, Round Rock Express
- Rebecca Feferman, Founder, The Fefco
- Courtland Bragg, Producer, NFL Films
- Karly Tuckness, Director of Sponsorship Sales, C3 Presents
- Dr. Art Markman, Executive Director IC2 Institute & Founding Director Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT.
Amanda is a sophomore Business student from Frisco, Texas. She enjoys all sports but especially loves basketball. She is not only fascinated with the cultural and societal impacts of sports but also with the way that individual athletes can push their bodies and minds beyond limits. Amanda is also incredibly enthusiastic about the study of leadership and hopes to one day land a career in which business, sports, and leadership all come together.
Lindell is a senior Finance and Sports Management double major from Weslaco, TX. She has been an Executive Board Member for the BBA Women’s Council, served on three committees for the Hispanic Business Student Association, is a member of the McCombs Leadership Program, University Leadership Network and is a Gateway Scholar. Her dream job is to work for the NBA or the San Antonio Spurs, more specifically. This summer, she was an intern at the NBA.
Rebeccah is a sophomore in the Business Honors Program pursuing an additional degree in Marketing and a Sports Media Certificate. She is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a college town whose vibrant sports culture helped ignite her passion for sports. Her experience traveling and teaching as a competitive Jump Roper further added to her desire to be involved in sports. She is actively involved in Texas THON as well as the Honors Business Association Alumni Committee. She hopes to use her unique background to contribute to the sports environment at UT Austin.
Sahil is a second-year Computer Science and Marketing major. Growing up in Dallas, he has been a Cowboys, Mavericks, and Rangers fan his whole life. In addition to working with CSLI, he is the Financial Director for another service organization, CS Roadshow. In the future, Sahil is interested in integrating technology into the sports industry.
Thomas is a second-year Business Honors and Finance student from Dallas. During his time on the Forty Acres, he has been a member of Student Government, focusing on being a student voice to UT Athletics. Thomas intends to continue his work with the Financial Literacy Taskforce to improve financial literacy across campus.
Justin is a doctoral candidate in his second year in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations. His current research areas include sport sponsorship, consumer psychology, and cause-related marketing and CSR.
As a master’s student, he completed his thesis on consumer behavior in response to the implementation of the NBA’s jersey sponsorship program. Additional areas of interest include ethics and leadership, perceptions of credibility and authenticity, and entrepreneurship. He has also held previous appointments assisting with courses in the McCombs School of Business in the departments of marketing, management, and technology commercialization.
Will is a sophomore in the Moody College if Communication majoring in journalism and minoring in business. He is the Sports Director at KVRX, the UT student radio station and hosts an hour sports radio show every Monday afternoon. Will enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.
Faizan is pursuing a dual degree and minor/certificate in Human Dimensions of Organization, Public Health, and Business of Healthcare. Faizan has been able to take what he has learned from each of these departments and translate them into sports. This past summer he was a summer intern at the NBA. He has a passion for people, numbers and sports.
Jonathan is a second-year Sport Management major from Houston, Texas by way of Miami, Florida. His interests in data analytics and basketball have led him to also pursue a Business Foundations minor along with a certificate in the Elements in Computing to hopefully land in a marketing department of an athletic apparel company or NBA organization.
Arjun Naganathan is currently majoring in both Accounting and Radio-Television-Film. Arjun interested in pursuing a career in sports media, particularly in sports television and sports movies. One day he’d like to find himself directing projects through his own production company.