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
John Cochol '08
"Work hard, play hard" has always been a motto of mine. Nothing could be truer working in sports. Many of my greatest life lessons came as a result of the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College.
I believe the first class I took was Introduction to Sport Management with Professor Bryson. That class set the tone for the rest of my 4-year career. It was where I learned the five things that have helped me stay "head and shoulders" above the competition in a very tough industry:
1) Professionalism: Dress code, proper speech, preparation, looking someone in the eye when you shake their hand, and of course "NAME TAG ON THE RIGHT SIDE!" Living around the United States and talking in many classrooms, Fisher has, by far, the most professional students I have seen in a Sport Management major.
2) Networking: The most important and underrated attribute you will ever be given. I have received multiple job offers based on references or someone I know. Fisher has so many people throughout the nation working in sports or people who know someone from Fisher. It makes it easier to get an interview or job.
3) Experience: The classroom experience is very important but nothing is as important as getting real world experience. With Fisher, the fact that the curriculum requires a 120 hour practicum and 400 hour internship turns out to have been a major influence on my career in sports sales.
4) Time Management: Budgeting your time is one of the hardest things to do in college. Between classes, extracurricular activities, volunteering, internships, and finding time to have fun with your friends, it’s not easy. Fisher’s extensive program provided me with the tools to use my time efficiently.
5) Hard Work: I always knew I was a hard worker, but going through the Sport Management program, I really realized how important it was going to be to my success. There are lots of people who are intelligent. Many, in fact, are perhaps more intelligent and they all want to work in sports. I quickly realized that my work ethic was going to be the one thing that not all those “intelligent” people could compete with. I saw it firsthand and today I appreciate all those long nights I spent in class as well as the many evenings and weekends I spent volunteering downtown with the Rochester Americans, Knighthawks and Rattlers.
The last thing I would say is that the support system in the Sport Management program is second to none. I have never had as many dedicated professors than the ones I worked with when I was at Fisher. Whether in the classroom, looking for advice about an internship or job, or even going through a life crisis, each of the professors was available to help in any way possible. It’s not often you find that type of dedication with professors and I was lucky enough to take advantage of the situation. Thank you Professor Gibbons, Dr. Harrison, Professor Bryson, Professor Pogroszewski, and Dr. Dane-Staples!
John Cochol is the Director of Ticket Sales for the Orlando City Soccer Club.