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
Carly Szydlowski '14
My time as a Sport Management major at St. John Fisher College has been more rewarding than I could have ever asked for it to be. I have created great relationships with the professors in the program and they have helped me every step of the way.
During my time at Fisher, I was extremely lucky to have many great experiences working and volunteering in the sport industry. One of my first volunteer experiences was working with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. During my time with the Lancers, I learned to make sales calls, assisted with game day operations, and interacted with fans at home games and community events.
While volunteering with the Lancers, I came across a journalism opportunity composing pre-game, post-game and player profile pieces for Pro Player Insiders. After the NFL season ended, they asked if I would be able to cover the Buffalo Bills offseason and I agreed. I was given media credentials to attend Bills Rookie Mini-Camps, organized team activities, and Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. This experience was remarkable because I was surrounded by reporters on a daily basis, learned from them, and networked with established media personnel.
My time with Pro Player Insiders came to an end when I was looking to complete my 120-hour practicum. I landed a Media Relations intern position with the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League and have grown as a professional more in the last year than I ever could have imagined.
As a paid intern, I continue to develop my writing skills producing content for the Knighthawks website and I manage all of the team’s social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram. I am responsible for scheduling the Knighthawks’ Anti-Bullying Program appearances and attend every community event I can. I watched as the Knighthawks won the 2013 NLL World Championship and will be receiving my first professional sport championship ring in December.
I am tremendously appreciative for every opportunity I have had to step into the sport industry throughout my time in the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College. I truly believe this is what makes our program stand out from the rest. We are given every chance to gain experience and network in order to land our first job when we graduate.
I am excited for what is ahead of me, but I will always remember the terrific Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College and the supportive professors that helped get me to where I am today.
Carly Szydlowski is currently a contributing writer for the NLL Rochester Knighthawks.