The St. Louis region has hosted a plethora of major sporting events since last spring and Maryville University students in the Sport Business Management program took full advantage of the action. By pursuing plum internship opportunities, they succeed on a number of levels, including easing their anxiety about the “real” work world, identifying interesting jobs and making valuable professional contacts.
Charles Kuchar, an intern with National Sports Agency in St. Louis, is a May graduate of the Sport Business Management program. In the past year, Kuchar volunteered with the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tournament and the NCAA Women’s Final Four; this summer, he also volunteered at the Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis.
“This is exactly what I want to do for a career and these experiences only enhance my desire to be a sports agent,” Kuchar said.
Daniel Schmidt, a senior, continues to work with the Missouri Valley Conference after landing an internship there last October. He has held other internships with Arch Madness, State Farm Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament and the NCAA Women’s Final Four, gaining relevant experience working on a wide variety of marketing and operations projects.
“I knew that if I could be involved with sports in some way, I would enjoy what I was doing,” Schmidt said, noting that internships helped him identify college sports as his preferred niche.
“Maryville’s Sport Business Program has more than 50 contacts in the sport business nationwide that are willing to provide internship opportunities for our students, including the St. Louis Blues, Rawlings, the PGA Junior Series and minor league baseball teams,” said Jason Williams, assistant professor.
Finding a job after college can seem daunting, but students who take advantage of internship opportunities are typically a step ahead of fellow graduates, Williams said, adding that, when students are asked to reflect on their internships, they’re surprised to discover how much they’ve learned about both the job and themselves.
“Along with valuable professional skills, students also learn things like what kind of leadership style they prefer,” Williams said. “And they can determine which part of the job they liked best and tailor their job search toward those kinds of responsibilities.”