Nick Mansfield ’17 Aimed for the Sky during His Semester Away

nickmansfieldSenior Nick Mansfield acknowledges that he diverted from the path taken by most college juniors when they study away. “Bowdoin juniors typically go abroad second semester, but I was looking for something different,” he says. Instead of living overseas, Mansfield, a self-described “aviation geek,” interned at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas, last spring.

As an intern with Southwest’s market strategy pricing team, Mansfield said he spent months digging into what drives the performance of the airline’s markets. “It’s been eye opening seeing how competitive the airline industry really is, as well as the amount of work it takes to ensure 3,900 daily departures are orchestrated without a hitch,” he writes in an essay featured on Southwest’s site.

Read more of Mansfield’s reflections.

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