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
Jeff Meehan '11
One of the few things I’ve ever been certain about is that I absolutely love sports. However, it wasn’t until I entered the Sport Management program at Fisher that I learned how vast, dynamic, and interesting the industry is. The program is perfectly designed to give the sports enthusiast, like myself, an eye-opening experience into the industry beyond the playing field, and allows for an exploration of the ever expanding and rapidly growing sports business industry.
No matter who you ask in the sports industry, they will emphasize the importance of networking. It is a skill which is invaluable in the sports business world and is at the forefront of the Fisher Sport Management program. I utilized the networking skills that I developed to land a position within the Boston Red Sox Legal Department over the summer. Informational interviews helped me get my foot in the door and I met as many people as possible within the Sox organization. You are more likely to succeed in this industry if people can put a face to your resume, and I credit this fact for allowing me to be one of two out of 2,000 applicants to land the position. Simply put, it’s easier to break into the industry you want when someone is fighting for you on the inside. Networking is a process and skill that the program emphasizes, and the faculty utilizes their real world experiences to tailor their programs to the current trends of the industry, keeping students at the forefront of innovation in this field.
The Sport Management faculty also does a fantastic job helping students develop the skills needed to gain an edge in this ultra-competitive field. As an incoming student, your "Dream Talk" allows the faculty to develop your own personalized professional plan and tailors the program to your interests. This plan, when coupled with the cultivation of professional skills, makes a Fisher Sport Management graduate a force within the sports industry.
Your personal professional plan is specifically tailored to what you want to accomplish within the Sport Management field. I cannot really think of two members of my own class who had the same exact plan as we all went through our undergrad experience and completed our practicums and internships. Your plan is not set in stone, and can be modified should your goals change. For example, I performed my 120 hour internship with the St. John Fisher College Athletic Department because I initially wanted to be an Athletic Director. After that experience I changed course. The faculty knew I wanted to be a Sports Agent and tailored a class schedule to help me achieve that goal. Dr. Harrison encouraged me to obtain a Pre-Law minor and to challenge myself with coursework during my senior year instead of coasting with easy electives. Professor Bryson helped me secure my 400 hour internship with NHL Hockey Agent Steve Bartlett, an experience that has been invaluable to me thus far. Professor Pogroszewski explained the benefits of taking a negotiations class to supplement his newly initiated Sports Agent 101 course.
You can be a hard worker and still have a great time in this program. Your class is your family, and you will form a tight bond throughout your time at Fisher that will be vital once you enter the industry. It is also rewarding that you can do all of this and still be dedicated to playing a sport. I was able to play football for four years, and others have continued on with their athletic careers without sacrificing dedication to either their athletic or professional programs. Like most things in life, you will get out of this program exactly what you put into it. It will open the doors to the industry for you, but it will be your own hard work and dedication that decides how far you go.
Jeff Meehan is currently attending Suffolk Law School.