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
Nate Snyder '06
From the moment I stepped on the campus of St. John Fisher College and met the group of professors that comprise the Sport Management department, I knew this was where I wanted to take my first steps towards a career in sports. As I looked through the curriculum, I found classes that I knew I would both enjoy and at the same time be challenged by. There is such a variety of classes ranging from Sport Law to International Sports to Sport Business Finance and finally, Policy of Sport. These classes and the "real life" projects that accompany them provided great insight into the world of sport business. As a major you can expect to be challenged but know that this is also where you truly grow and mature as you prepare to enter the profession.
Each student has endless opportunities to advance themselves. Whether by joining the Sport Management Club, taking advantage of networking functions, volunteering at events or securing internships, these extracurricular activities should not be overlooked. The contacts I made during my college career are priceless and I still use many of them in my position today.
Perhaps one of the greatest resources the major offers are the professors. This group of dedicated educators was available time and time again. I can honestly say that in my four years at Fisher (and every time I've been back since) I never found an office door closed. Even to this day, I still contact them when I have a situation that I'd like to discuss because I know that learning from them extends well after you leave the classroom.
I look back proudly on my decision to attend Fisher and know it prepared me for my career in sports. I continue to put to use the knowledge I learned and skills I developed. I often catch myself teaching others some of the finer points like placing the name tag on the right side of your chest or how to offer a proper handshake. I strongly encourage those looking to enter the sport industry to attend Fisher knowing that in four years you will gain a superior education.
Nate Synder is the Vice President of Sales and Assistant General Manager for the Rochester Rattlers (MLL).