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

Ryan Bemis '11

Ryan Bemis

Entering Fisher as a Sport Management major, I quickly realized that I had made the right decision in deciding on a school with the connections and educational program to help me succeed in the sport and entertainment industry.

The professors in the Sport Management department focus their attention on real world experience and projects which pertain to issues and challenges facing the industry. As a Sport Management major, it is important for students to understand that class projects and assignments are relevant and will be particularly useful upon graduation.

As the major has grown, so have the number of alumni who are willing to help current students in the major. During the time I spent at Fisher, I have learned that networking is just as important as doing well in all your classes. The more alumni you speak to or intern with, the better your chances of landing that "dream job."

The professors at St. John Fisher College really pride themselves on helping the students do well in the classroom and will also help find an internship in whatever part of the sport industry fits your dream. All the professors have an open door policy and are willing to listen and talk with you. I have lost count as to the number of times I have met with Professor Bryson, Dr. Harrison, and Professor Pogroszewski as I developed a plan for where I wanted be after graduation. If it weren’t for the faculty at Fisher, I would have never landed experiences with the Buffalo Bills, Monroe County Sports Commission, Channel 13 Sports and FOX Sports.

Nearly all the classes offered within the Sport Management department will help you decide where you want to work within the industry in addition to providing real world experience. For certain, the professors and networking opportunities are two major assets which help to set St. John Fisher College apart from the other Sport Management programs across the country.

Ryan Bemis is a Production Assistant at FOX Sports in Los Angeles, California.

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