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
Adam Vogel '11
When I transferred to St. John Fisher College, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I knew I was looking for a Sport Management program that would catapult me into the industry, but at the same time I wanted to be more than just another "face in the crowd." Fisher's program fits that mold perfectly.
You can't have a successful Sport Management program without a strong base of opportunities and Fisher provides this. With a variety of opportunities to get valuable experience in the Athletics department or with Events and Conferencing, you can build up your résumé without leaving campus. The Sport Management department also has built a strong foundation with every professional and semi-pro organization in the greater Rochester area. In my short time at Fisher, I gained vital experience with the Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Rhinos. That said, graduates of our program are also employed by all the minor league teams in town, as well as the Wegmans LPGA of Rochester. We also have alumni working all over the country. It is exciting to think, "Where could this take me, what doors can I open?" The sky really is the limit!
The teaching methods of the department's professors are very effective. Their techniques are based on past experiences in the field; this makes classroom lessons very practical. As a student I can honestly say I never had the feeling of, "How will I use this" or, "Why is this important?" Essentially, everything taught and reviewed can be used as we pursue a career in the sport industry. The effort they exert outside of the classroom to help students acquire experience is also second to none.
In a nutshell, the Sport Management program here at Fisher is a family. The ability to network with your professors as well as your peers is what sets this institution apart. I couldn't have asked for a better place to jumpstart my career. Thanks Fisher!
Adam Vogel is an Account Executive for the Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB.