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.
Lisa Havas-Carlock '03
I can say with confidence the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher and the coursework I completed in pursuit of my degree prepared me well for successful employment within the sport industry. Between the challenging and diverse classes, hands-on experience afforded by practicums and internships, and support and guidance provided by the faculty, the opportunity to not only succeed but to excel is at the fingertips of every student.
While I entered the Sport Management program initially uncertain of the particular career path I wanted to pursue, the professors were instrumental in helping me find clarity. They challenged me to determine and exercise my strengths as an individual and a future professional, presented me with opportunities to assess and improve upon my weaknesses, and guided me down avenues that expanded my awareness of potential career opportunities.
The extensive industry network created by the faculty and alumni proved to be one of the most beneficial assets of the Sport Management program. Coupled with my degree and the quality resume the Sport Management program helped me to build, the network was a critical factor that helped launch me into a career in the arena of Olympic sport, beginning with employment by the United States Olympic Committee and now the United States Bobsled & Skeleton Federation.
A part of the inaugural graduating class of the Sport Management program, I am excited to see its recent growth and to know it continues to challenge its students to develop both personally and professionally. I encourage all students to engage wholeheartedly in their studies and to feel confident that, given the effort, the Sport Management program will prepare them well for their desired employment within the sport industry.
Lisa Havas-Carlock is the Director of Finance and Operations for the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.