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.
Steve Moscaritolo '08
“What you put in, is what you’ll get out.” That was my philosophy while attending the Sport Management program at Fisher. Even before the first day of classes began, I had contact with the professors of the department, who ultimately served as the starting block for a network which grew exponentially by the time my four years of college were complete. If I was willing to put the time and effort into creating success for myself, then the faculty was willing to support me in doing so. Results do not lie. In the time I was at Fisher I was lucky enough to land the following assignments outside of the classroom:
- Stadium Operations Assistantship with the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades
- Group Sales Practicum with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
- Staff member with the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College
- Telemarketer with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
- Corporate Hospitality Internship - 2008 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club
In between these things, I was able to work at the Student Life Center as a Fitness Center Staffer, volunteer at multiple Sport Studies Club events, and even work on the “Chain Gang” during football games. The point I’m trying to make is this: if you are in this program, you have no excuse not to succeed. There are simply too many opportunities on campus and just down the road not to get valuable experience.
Since graduating, I have worked in Corporate Hospitality at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club, and was the Operations Assistant at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship. I currently working for MACH 2 Management, in Victor, NY, where I am literally “living the dream” and doing exactly what I want to do. Again, results do not lie. Each job I have had has built on itself, and I owe my current position to a fellow Sport Management major who I met at Fisher, and who now works across the hall.
One thing I have learned is that the sport industry, and specifically the area of event management, is a very small world, and by nature, very competitive. It is essential to get ahead while in school. Fisher can serve as the catalyst for almost anything you want to accomplish, but take my advice, and put the effort in while you’re there.
Steve Moscaritolo is a Program Manager for MACH 2 Management, Inc.