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
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.