Sport Management Internships and Activities
The sport management program provides a number of opportunities to connect theory to practice both within the classroom and in industry settings.
A critical component of the sport management curriculum is the experiential learning opportunities offered through an internship. You are encouraged to make the most of unique opportunities for internship experiences with professional sports franchises in area, including work with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills during their summer training camp on the Fisher campus.
Abundant opportunities also await you for internships with private high school athletic departments, not-for-profit organizations, and municipal recreation departments throughout the region.
Former sport management majors have been placed in internships with:
- United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid
- NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes
- MLB’s Florida Marlins
- NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers
- Arena Football League headquarters in Chicago
- Madison Square Garden
- The Golf Channel
- Syracuse University Athletic Department
- Empire State Games
- AHL’s Rochester Americans
- Monroe County Sports Commission
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
- Monroe County Special Olympics
- Brighton Parks and Recreation Department
- 13 WHAM-TV sports department
Various on-campus internship opportunities include working with Fisher Athletics in the business and media relations offices, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Center, and Growney Stadium, or on the sports staff of The Cardinal Courier, Fisher’s campus newspaper.
A major component of the sport management program involves exposure to active members of the sport industry. One way this is done is through the Speakers Series, a series of periodic lectures from industry practitioners. These events provide firsthand accounts from experts shaping the industry.
Past speakers in this series include:
- Ted Black, former president of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans
- Chris Laughman, product line manager, Under Armour
- Steve Griggs, vice president of sales and services, Minnesota Wild
- Olivier van Lindonk, senior vice president, IMG Tennis
- Chuck Mitrano '95, commissioner, Empire 8 Conference
- Steve Bartlett, CEO, Sports Consulting Group
- Dan Mason, general manager, Rochester Red Wings
- Chris Iversen '05, head coach, Rochester Razorsharks
- Ted Spencer, former vice president and chief curator, National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Karen Durkin, CEO, Women's Sports Foundation
- Mike Veeck, son of legendary baseball owner and promoter Bill Veeck
Each year, groups of alumni return to Fisher to participate in a roundtable discussion to answer questions and engage informally in one-on-one dialogue. Past participants in the alumni roundtable discussions include:
- Andy DiLaura, former director of ticket operations, Rochester Red Wings
- Marcus Fields, special events manager, Rochester Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Aaron Schmitt, former event services manager, Buffalo Bills
- Nate Snyder ’06, former assistant general manager, Rochester Rattlers
- Chris Kennedy, Izzo Golf
- Kevin Breen, former assistant general manager, Auburn Doubledays
- Geoff Cook, marketing coordinator, Watkins Glen International Speedway
- Mike Markinson, marketing and event coordinator, Syracuse University Athletic department
Sport Management Podcast
Mixing sports, humor, music and business in a weekly, hour-long podcast, Todd Harrison and Pat Gordon highlight the experiences of the alumni of St. John Fisher College's Sport Management Program. Touching on sport business and sociology topics of the day, in addition to an in-depth interview with a program alum, the podcast offers a look into the sport management department and what its students and faculty are talking about.
Check out the Sport Management podcast on Soundcloud.
For more information on internship and experiential learning opportunities available to Fisher students, visit the internship page on the Center for Career and Academic Planning website.