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Internships Give Students Competitive Edge

June 11, 2018

A hallmark of the sport management program continues to be the engaging internship and practicum experiences students have throughout the academic year.

Sarah Gensler worked with the Rochester Knighthawks during the spring semester.

In spring and summer 2018, 48 students gained real-world insight into the sport industry at dozens of organizations in Rochester, Boston, Pittsburgh, and beyond.

Pat Gordon, director of experiential learning and outreach, said that the success of the internship and practicum program is due in large part to the close relationships the department has with industry professionals across the country.

“Our partners continue to play a vital role in shaping the next generation of sport industry professionals and we rely on them to provide guidance and specialized training to our students,” said Gordon.  “During the 2017-18 academic year, we had 135 unique industry touch points that aided learning in the classroom and in the field.  We look forward to strengthening those relationships and continuing to build new ones next year.”

Any organizations wishing to partner with the department can email Gordon at or call (585) 385-7376.

Spring Placements

  • Cody Ashley, St. John Fisher College Football
  • Dan Baylard-Moreira, Pinnacle Athletic Campus
  • Kelly Bergamo, Perinton Recreation
  • Mike Burton, Bishop Kearney High School Athletics
  • Rebecca Davis, Boston Red Sox
  • Brenden Dobbins, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Mike Falitico, Rochester Red Wings
  • James Fiacchi, Harley-Allendale-Columbia Athletics
  • Sarah Gensler, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Emma Johnson, Rush-Henrietta High School Athletics
  • Emma Kilmer, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Kevin Magee, Fore Performance
  • J. Mulvey, AFP Tax Consulting
  • Andrew O’Hara, Midtown Athletic Club
  • Nick Poehlmann, St. John Fisher College Athletics
  • Derek Raux, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Evan Ryan, Pinnacle Athletic Campus/St. John Fisher College Baseball
  • Jacob Satter, American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
  • Zachary Sisera, Special Olympics New York
  • Skylar Swatt, St. John Fisher College Events Department
  • Justine Tam, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Joe Zickl, Mach 2 Management

Summer Placements

  • Adam Bianchi, Buffalo Bills Training Camp
  • Matthew Bonafede, Trackman Baseball (Stamford, Conn.)
  • Zachary Bowden, Dan Tortora Broadcast Media, LLC (Syracuse)
  • Nelson Burke, Mach 2 Management
  • Alex D’Agostino, Montana State University Event & Facility Operations
  • Emily Drake, SAREC Sports Group (Syracuse)
  • Cody Dubiel, Buffalo Bills Training Camp
  • Anna Faso Miranda, Tri-County Sports Complex
  • James Finch, Empire United Soccer Academy
  • Mark Glieco, Buffalo Bills/Pegula Sports & Entertainment
  • Collin Hetherington, Rochester Red Wings
  • Jeremy Hosbach, St. John Fisher College Facility Services
  • Joseph Kircher, Rochester Rhinos
  • Seunghwan Kwon, Rochester Red Wings
  • William Markwick, Rochester Red Wings
  • James Murray, Rochester Ridgemen
  • Dominick Pensabene, Syracuse Chiefs
  • Matthew Raap, Rochester Lancers & Lady Lancers
  • Brandon Sadlier, Hudson Valley Renegades
  • Keeley Samsonik, Midtown Athletic Club
  • Zachary Sisera, Get Air Syracuse
  • Garrett Steiger, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Mack Stewart, Buffalo Bills Training Camp
  • Justin White, AFP Tax Consulting
  • Michael Yaizzo, Syracuse Salt Cats