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
Sarah Femec '09
All it took was one class for me to realize there is something special about the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College. Not being a major at the time, I had no idea what to expect walking into class but I knew that a career in sports sounded like a good fit for my interests and skills. I spent the semester learning about the seemingly endless paths you can take with a sport management degree and the basic tools and strategies to be successful on these paths. Conversations with several of the professors in the major helped to solidify my desire to pursue a career in sport management.
From the very beginning, the importance of gaining experience is stressed again and again. Anyone can say experience is important. What sets Fisher’s program apart is the guidance, support, and connections that are provided to you in order to actually obtain this vital experience. I was able to spend two and a half years interning and working for organizations in the Rochester sport industry. Being out in the field while still working on my studies allowed me to experience first-hand what I was reading about and discussing in class. This added a whole new dimension to the way I was able to analyze, and even develop, theories and methods.
The reason I was able to gain this valuable experience and learn so much from it was the professors and close-knit community they have created within the major. All along my journey, my professors were there to provide support, offer suggestions, answer questions, and just listen. Projects and events within the major allowed me to create a strong network with my classmates and learn from them as well. These relationships did not end when I graduated; they were the first stepping stones to a position and success in the industry and I still find advice and support from them today. Ultimately, the Sport Management program at Fisher provided me with the knowledge and support I needed to turn my passion for sports into a successful career.
Sarah Femec is the Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager for Lotto Sport USA.