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

Alumni Profile

Lisa Havas-Carlock '03

Lisa Havas-Carlock

I can say with confidence the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher and the coursework I completed in pursuit of my degree prepared me well for successful employment within the sport industry. Between the challenging and diverse classes, hands-on experience afforded by practicums and internships, and support and guidance provided by the faculty, the opportunity to not only succeed but to excel is at the fingertips of every student.

While I entered the Sport Management program initially uncertain of the particular career path I wanted to pursue, the professors were instrumental in helping me find clarity. They challenged me to determine and exercise my strengths as an individual and a future professional, presented me with opportunities to assess and improve upon my weaknesses, and guided me down avenues that expanded my awareness of potential career opportunities.

The extensive industry network created by the faculty and alumni proved to be one of the most beneficial assets of the Sport Management program. Coupled with my degree and the quality resume the Sport Management program helped me to build, the network was a critical factor that helped launch me into a career in the arena of Olympic sport, beginning with employment by the United States Olympic Committee and now the United States Bobsled & Skeleton Federation.

A part of the inaugural graduating class of the Sport Management program, I am excited to see its recent growth and to know it continues to challenge its students to develop both personally and professionally. I encourage all students to engage wholeheartedly in their studies and to feel confident that, given the effort, the Sport Management program will prepare them well for their desired employment within the sport industry.

Lisa Havas-Carlock is the Director of Finance and Operations for the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.


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