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
Michael Markinson '07
When I came to Fisher, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue as a career. I knew I loved sports and I wanted to study business. When I discovered that Fisher had a Sport Management degree, I knew the major would allow me to blend my two passions and that I had found the perfect fit.
At Fisher I was able to take a variety of classes that pertained to the world of sport business. Classes that addressed subjects such as marketing, public relations, finance and human resources provided me with a greater understanding of the industry as well as the impact the material has on various segments such as professional sports, collegiate athletics and even recreation management.
One of the great things about the program was the actual sport business experience you receive. The major has two experiential requirements that provide an opportunity to gain considerable practical experience before leaving Fisher. It is here that I found my connection with the program most beneficial. The department has an enormous number of alumni working in the industry as well as close ties with professionals connected to the field in Rochester and across the country. Taking advantage of these contacts allowed me to pursue internships with the Rochester Americans hockey organization and Red Wings Baseball team. These opportunities, coupled with the lessons I learned in the classroom, led to another internship with the Syracuse University Athletic department where, just months after graduation, I accepted a position as their Marketing and Special Events Coordinator.
After two years with the SU Athletic department, I was recruited by Sidearm Sports where we design websites for collegiate athletic departments and professional athletes. Who would have guessed that after earning my college degree that I would have found myself working in web design? It just goes to show you the variety of careers there are in the sport industry.
Mike Markinson is the Art Director for SIDEARM Sports.