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
Steve Pignata '11
The Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College not only gave me much of the knowledge I needed to succeed in the hockey world but it provided me with my first connections. Looking back to sophomore year, my first year at Fisher after transferring from SUNY Brockport, it was a simple email from Professor Bryson asking if I was interested in pursuing an internship with the Rochester Americans that began my journey. Now, after making a tremendous investment of time and energy, I am "officially" employed by the Buffalo Sabres, my "dream team" and a team that I have been obsessed with for much of my life.
When I first started the program at Fisher, the biggest thing all of the professors preached was networking. I cannot emphasize how much they were right about this aspect of the sport business. Doing my practicum and internship with the Amerks got me in front of a number of prominent names in the game of hockey and afforded me the opportunity to develop personal relationships that were critical to my success. After committing myself to the Amerks for five seasons and never losing sight of my goals and dreams, I got the call from the Buffalo Sabres that I was waiting for since first embarking on my journey at Fisher.
The Sport Management program and all its professors were very encouraging of my chosen career path and did everything they could to help me realize my dream. They provided all of us with the necessary tools to be successful and were available, providing support, every step of the way in what can be a very intimidating industry.
I owe much of my professional success to Professor Pogroszewski and Professor Bryson. Their knowledge of the "real" sport world was invaluable and I thank them for sharing it with me. Choosing to transfer to Fisher was the best decision I've ever made in my life. Today, I'm in a job that I love and can't imagine being without.
Steve Pignata is the Hockey Technologies Assistant with the Buffalo Sabres organization.