Careers & Opportunities
Lace up your cleats. Throw on your helmet. Gear up for your professional career in sports.
Building a career
As a multi-billion dollar industry, the job opportunities offered in the sports communication and media field are growing rapidly and likely won’t slow down anytime soon.
Lots of skills can be applied in the sports industry. Interested in graphic design? Become a content creator for a major league basketball team. Ready to put your photo skills to work? Become a sports photographer and digital content editor for an MLS team, like Andrea did. Interested in creating thrilling environments for fans to enjoy a game? There’s a job for that, too! Love the thrill of video? Become a video producer for a MLS team, like Kensey did.
Other career opportunities include:
- Sports Information Director
- Sports Journalist
- Sports Reporter or Broadcaster
- Event Manager
- Social Media Manager
You’ll have opportunities to gain practical experience on-campus by working with our Fighting Scots Athletics department in many different roles. If you’re interested in broadcasting, you can also work with our local radio stations, WRAM or WOMI to gain additional experience in sports broadcasting and reporting.
- <blockquote class="callout-quote"><div class="callout-quote-text"><p> “We were lucky enough to broadcast football conference championship games in our freshman and junior years, as well as the basketball conference tournament our freshman year.”</p></div><footer class="callout-quote-footer">Thomas Witty ’21</footer></blockquote>
- <blockquote class="callout-quote"><div class="callout-quote-text"><p> “To get started, find an internship and do good work, and then that will lead you into other opportunities.”</p></div><footer class="callout-quote-footer">Kensey Arlt ’21</footer></blockquote>
Strong and timely written communication skills couldn’t be more important in an era where quick and robust sports news is in high demand. The Courier is our student-run newspaper that covers news from all over campus, with a major focus on our highly-successful sports teams. While the team is open to students from all majors, this team provides real experience to students in the sports information and media minor.
Department facilities and equipment
As a student in the sports information and media minor, you’ll have access to all the equipment that our communications majors utilize.
A professional television studio in Wallace Hall is home to MC-TV(opens in a new tab), a series program featuring news, entertainment and original student films. The studios have been converted to all-digital production. The studio is a versatile, professional-quality space with resources for producing newscasts and variety shows.
Radio station WPFS-FM (105.9)(opens in a new tab) is a student-operated FM station that broadcasts from our studios on the third floor of Wallace Hall. Students have access to one on-air studio and one for production and laboratory work. The studio equipment used similar to that found at a commercial station.
We operate a newly constructed computer and media laboratory in Wallace Hall with Windows-based design and editing stations, including computers equipped with software for audio and video editing, multi-media production, graphic design, web authoring and other applications.