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
Justin Lutes '08
In searching for a college, I wanted to attend a school where I would receive a quality education, participate on a collegiate baseball team and have an overall great experience. St. John Fisher College was the only place I visited that could provide me with what I wanted. Although the Sport Management program was fairly new then, the success of previous students and the knowledge and guidance the faculty offered made it a no-brainer for me. The only question I had was what I wanted to do with the degree.
Throughout my years at Fisher, the classes I took and the freedom afforded me when considering careers, helped tremendously. The curriculum prepares you for any type of profession in the sports industry and gradually helps determine a career path that is right for you.
By my junior year, I knew I wanted to pursue a position in sports information. A good friend of mine, who already worked in the athletic department at Fisher, told me that the SID (Norm Kieffer) needed extra help. After speaking with Mr. Kieffer, I began volunteering with him. I then decided I wanted to complete my practicum with him my senior year. After finishing my practicum, I completed my internship as an assistant coach for the Watertown Wizards of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Being a college athlete definitely helped me obtain this position since two of the coaches for the Wizards previously coached at Fisher and one was an alumnus.
Although my college career was officially over, the impact Fisher had on my life was not. It was sometime after graduation when Mr. Kieffer informed me of another internship opportunity; this time with the Eastern College Athletic Conference in Massachusetts. At first, I was not selected but a few months after receiving the news, I got a call with an offer. Was I thrilled and grateful to receive the internship! Who would have guessed that my experience with the ECAC would eventually lead to a position as the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications for Susquehanna University.
There is no doubt that Fisher opened doors to the sports world for me. To this day, I continue to stay in touch with members of the faculty as well a number of fellow graduates.
Justin Lutes is the Assistant Sports Information Director for Stevens Institute of Technology.