Internships - Sport Management

The M.S. in Sport Management Internship Program supplements the curriculum by providing students with professional work experiences and contacts. Internships help future sport professionals gain industry knowledge as well as exposure to the management and operation of top sport organizations in Northern Illinois and throughout the United States. Employers are seeking students for positions in many areas such as advertising, customer service, development, event and facility management, marketing, promotions, and numerous other sport management-related positions.

The Internship in Sport Management (LESM 586) is the culminating course taken in obtaining the M.S. in Sport Management degree. Therefore, every student in the program is provided with a solid professional foundation on which to build a successful sport management career.

All internships are for three (3) hours of credit and are usually completed during one semester. The time requirement is 400 hours, which may be completed in a 10-week (40 hours per week) experience. However a 16-week (25 hours per week) internship experience is recommended.

To register, a student must complete the Internship Application Form and submit it to the Sport Management Graduate Director by the applicable deadline (March 1 for the summer term, June 1 for the fall term, November 1 for the spring term). To be eligible, a student must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA), have completed all LESM required coursework, and/or be completing all other required course work the same semester as the internship. The Director of the Sport Management Program must approve all internships.

Recently, NIU Sport Management students have served as interns for the Chicago Bears (NFL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Detroit Tigers (MLB), Chicago Fire (MLS), Rockford Icehogs (AHL), DePaul University, University of Maryland, Marquette University, Northern Illinois University, Burns Sports & Entertainment, Edelman Marketing, and various sport-related sport organizations.