Sport Management Internships and Practicum
A critical component of the Sport Management curriculum is the experiential learning opportunities offered through practicum and internship courses. Fisher’s Sport Management program has a dedicated staff member whose primary responsibility it is to assist you with pairing your interests with the vast practical opportunities available throughout the sport industry.
Sport Management requirements include a 120-hour practical experience in your junior year and a 400-hour opportunity during your senior year. Practicum and internship credits allow you to learn more effectively by applying classroom theory to real work experience. These courses also provide continuous feedback on the academic training you receive throughout the program.
Various on-campus internship opportunities for Sport Management majors include the Athletic Business Office, Student Life Center, Growney Stadium, Media Relations, Intramurals, and The Cardinal Courier (campus newspaper). In addition, the College’s location provides a unique opportunity for valuable internship experiences off-campus. Numerous opportunities exist in the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse areas. In Rochester alone, a number of minor league sport teams exist offering potential internship experiences in soccer, baseball, ice hockey, and indoor/outdoor lacrosse. Beyond professional sport, past students have garnered experiences with private high schools athletic departments; not-for profit organizations like the Monroe County Sports Commission and Boys’ And Girls’ Club; as well as municipal recreation departments in the region. In addition to the varied experiences available within the Rochester area, St. John Fisher College serves as the site of the Buffalo Bills’ preseason summer training camp.
Below is a partial list of placements Sport Management majors have participated in:
- United States Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid
- Phoenix Coyotes, National Hockey League
- Monroe County Sports Commission
- 85th PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club
- Arena Football League Office, Chicago, IL
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
- Syracuse University Athletic Department
- Rochester Americans, American Hockey League
- Buffalo Bills, National Football League
- Monroe County Special Olympics
- Brighton Parks and Recreation Department
- Mid-town Athletic Club
- Total Sports Experience, Facility Management, Rochester, NY
- The Golf Channel
- American Junior Golf Association
- Madison Square Garden
- Florida Marlins, Major League Baseball
- WHAM-TV Sports department
- Delaware North Company
- Eastside YMCA
- Cleveland Cavaliers, National Basketball League
- Turning Stone Resort PGA Championship
- Troyer Motor Sports
- Empire State Games - New York
- Disney Hilton Head Resort
- Canisius College Athletic Department
Geoff Cook '05
When I first began my college search, I was undecided on what career path I would take and what school could take me there. Following an informative presentation by the department chair, I was convinced that Sport Management was the major for me. The impressive array of challenging courses, talented professors, and strong relationships with such organizations as the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins), the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers) and the Buffalo Bills, moved St. John Fisher College to the top of my list. This even before considering other nationally recognized and respected institutions of the Catholic tradition that host the major.
Throughout my years at Fisher, I was regularly pushed to achieve my very best with the main objective of finding not just a job in the sport industry, but a job I would love after graduation. The gifted professors were never shy about sharing their experiences, good or bad, to better shape students' expectations and goals for post graduation. Professors such as Scott Bryson devoted himself to making sure every student gained the necessary field experience and contacts they needed to not just make an educated decision about their future in sports, but to secure a position based on that experience. Their never-ending list of contacts and alumni made finding a practicum and internships easy and exciting. The possibilities were endless.
My experience and education at Fisher led to my current position of Marketing Coordinator at Watkins Glen International. I never imagined at graduation that I would work in the motorsports industry, but the Sport Management program at Fisher prepared me for a successful career in any sport. Unlike some colleges, the professors at Fisher continue to stay in touch post graduation, whether to recommend a position or to just say hello. That constant contact and the on-going relationship with the College prompts me to return every year. At my most recent visit, I brought NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle to Buffalo Bills Training Camp as part of a media tour to promote a race in August. Standing on the field in Growney Stadium, I couldn't help but think of where I'd be today had I not chosen to become a Sport Management major at St. John Fisher College.
Geoff Cook is Marketing Coordinator for Watkins Glen International.