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Sports Administration Internships

A student internship is an integral part of the full educational preparation for an administrative position in sports. It is the vehicle through which theory may be applied to practice. Those students who have demonstrated ability and commitment to their major through active relevant experience while taking classes and have achieved an adequate grade point average are encouraged and assisted in arranging internships with professional, college, and school programs, public and private recreational programs, sports facilities, or other sports related organizations. Credit hours are directly related to the length of the internship and the workweek.

Internship Testimonials

David Chirinos, Personal Vacation Planner at Carnival Cruise Lines (MBA ’01)

“I did my internship with the Florida Marlins as a marketing Intern in their marketing department in the 2001 baseball season, which had the added developments from 9/11 that year, but I loved every minute of it. The pay was $500 per month for my stipend, in case you needed that, too. But the experience was invaluable and lead me to where I am now with Carnival Cruise Lines and hope to pursue more marketing opportunities in the future because of it.”

Bo Sandine, Senior Partner Program Manager at Mercury (MS ’92)

“I graduated in August of ’92 and did an internship with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Ft. Lauderdale during the school year (’91-’92). Also, I worked the Phar-Mor LPGA event at Inverrary in Media Relations (’92), which memorably included driving “Big Mama” Carner in a golf cart (and almost tipping over) as she smoked cigarettes between holes while winning the championship (I also got to carry out the oversized winner’s check to the 18th green)! And, of course, I worked the summer of ’92 as an intern for the Miami Heat past graduation, through Hurricane Andrew and was hired by the team.”

Neal H. Bendesky, Director of Marketing and Promotions at the University of South Dakota/Owner at Game Plan, Inc (MS ’82)

"I did my internship for ABAUSA (current name is USA Basketball) at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the internship I worked for executive director, Bill Wall, and handled the collegiate tour for the Polish and Soviet Union National teams when they played exhibition schedules against college teams across the USA. In addition, I coordinated the public relations for the 1983 Pan American team trials in Colorado Springs that included 48 players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullen, and Karl Malone, to name a few, that tried out for 12 team positions. Many of those same players were on the 1984 Olympic Team that played for Coach Bobby Knight and own the gold medal in LA. By the way, the OTC is also the place that I met my wife, Laura. She’s my gold medal!”

Diana Rosales-Tello (BA ’96)

“Regarding internships, I worked at the back then Lipton Tennis Tournament – now Sony Ericsson. It took place during March of 1996 and I worked in the Players’ Lounge area and helped on the phones with the booking of hotels and events for visitors and players alike. It was a paid internship and it was worth 9 undergraduate credits. I don’t remember the exact title and I think my boss’s name was Kim (it’s hard to remember 11 years later!!!). But I can tell you that is one of the best experiences that I ever had while at STU.”