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
Rob Crean '06
The Sport Management program provides students with a unique combination of classroom learning, group projects and real-world experience. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, students also get exposed to the sports industry through a healthy dose of guest speakers and internship opportunities. Because the field of sport management is constantly evolving, the faculty at Fisher understands that the curriculum cannot be taught strictly through tests and textbooks.
Years after graduating with a degree in Sport Management, I continue to draw on the lessons and experiences I had at Fisher on a daily basis. During my time in the program, I grew as both a student and a person, developing confidence in myself and critical thinking skills as a result of numerous presentations, group meetings and internships. In addition, the faculty's constant emphasis on professionalism stays with students well after they leave Fisher. The most beneficial aspect of the program for me was the continuous encouragement and support from the staff when it came to pursuing internships. They truly want each student in the program to be in position to find a job in the student's area of interest immediately following graduation, and in many cases, they have been successful in doing so.
My professional career path has been a direct result of an internship I completed during my senior year, volunteer work I did in the Fisher athletic department, and skills I developed in the Sport Management curriculum. Wherever my career takes me in the future, I'll know that Fisher is where the foundation was built.
Rob Crean is the Director of Public Relations for the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate for the Buffalo Sabres.