Working in sports is a dream of many and experience is one of the keys in getting
a job in the industry. We, as the sport management department, understand the importance
of gaining experience while still in school. In order to help our students gain industry
experience and develop a network, we provide an experientially-based professional
Our experiential education efforts include guest speakers, panel discussions, field
trips, facility tours, volunteer opportunities, internships, faculty-student collaborative
research, hands-on course projects, service learning experiences, and more. In this
page you will find examples of our experiential education efforts.
Each year we organize a panel discussion on a current topic in sport industry. Students
learn more in depth information on the topic from the experts in the field, including
executives at some of the largest sports organizations in the world.
Executive in Residence Program
The purpose of this program is to bring industry leaders into the classroom and to
keep faculty on the cutting edge of sport management practice. A distinguished list
of sports executives have taught at the University over the years as part of the program.
Click here for more information.
As a student in the program you’ll receive specialized training in areas such as sport
marketing, finance, facility management, and event management — which are integrated
into the program through the comprehensive 200-hour internship requirement. Click here for more information.
Students gain experience through volunteer opportunities with sport organizations
from the surrounding areas. Usually, students help to run and execute the events.
Courses within the sport management program always carry some practical approach.
Students frequently work on hands-on projects and implement the information they learn
into real life situations.
Faculty-student collaborative research is the hallmark of the sport management degree
program for over 30 years. Students always have the opportunity to be involved in research with faculty.
Students are paired up with industry professionals who share their future interests.
Students meet with their mentor, and are given the opportunity to learn from the wisdom
and experience of their mentor.
Field Trips and Facility Tours
Facility management and event management are two functional areas in sport management.
Facility tours and field trips afford our students opportunities to observe professionals
in action and learn at site.
Guest Speakers and Pep Events
We bring many guest speakers to campus in each academic year. In 2014, we hosted 70
professionals from sport industry on campus to share their knowledge and experience
with our students.