Experiential Opportunities While a Student
Regardless of their major, students in the Arts and Sciences have a great many opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students have the chance to study abroad or in Washington, DC, to participate in internships that have been arranged through their departments with local businesses, to take courses that specialize in service-learning opportunities, and to participate in undergraduate research in the natural and social sciences. While some of these opportunities take place during the semester, many departments also help students locate internships and research fellowships during the summer months. Overall, these experiences help students gain work experience and develop a resume, establish valuable contacts in the industries they would like to enter, and better understand the connections between what they have been studying and how their courses are preparing them for a career after graduation.
Careers That Grads Pursue
Because of the content knowledge and skill set that they develop through their experience in the Arts and Sciences, our students are prepared to begin exciting careers in business, law, education, medicine, and the public sector. Our graduates locate positions in marketing, sales, scientific research and analysis, advertising and public relations, the sporting industry, social work, media relations, corporate communications, government, and many other fields. In addition, many of our graduates enter graduate programs in law, business, medicine, clinical psychology, literature, history, and other disciplines.
Amanda Shevchuk '09
St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management program has helped shape who I am today. As a graduate from the program I believe that I am ready to succeed and meet all of my goals and expectations. The department faculty pushed me from day one; each professor had a vested interest in seeing each and every student succeed, and now I can truly thank them for that.
When I first arrived at Fisher, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Surrounded by an institution that believes athletics is a positive experience for students, I was given the opportunity to earn my degree and follow my passion of working in athletics. Although I had a passion, I was unsure of what path I was going to take. Through the classes that I took, the experience I was able to obtain, and the guidance from other professors, alumni, and other students, I have been able to take away a priceless gift of knowledge and better understanding of who I am and what I want professionally.
While in the program, we were constantly told how important networking was in our career path and to take every opportunity to do so. Although at times it was not my priority, I soon realized that if I wanted to succeed, I would have to connect with other people in the field. Shortly thereafter, the doors opened up to me left and right and still continue to do so today. The lessons that I learned and skills that I was able to gain have made me a more marketable person.
After four years at St. John Fisher College, I could not be happier, and am very excited to see where my experiences and passions will take me.
Amanda Shevchuk is the Assistant to the Commissioner for the Colonial States Athletic Conference.