North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sport Management

Why choose sport management at North Central College?

Most observers don’t realize that a career in athletic administration can require an extremely broad knowledge base. Our sport management major will provide you with both the broad-based curriculum and the practical experience you’ll need to succeed. In fact, that combination is what sets North Central sport management graduates apart from the competition.

You can also:

  • Learn from faculty and coaches with firsthand experience in athletic administration.
  • Listen to experts in the field talk about everything from sport entrepreneurship in a traditional retail store to starting a business with no brick and mortar store front in the digital age to running the best youth sports club in the country to hearing about risk management and managing liability to learning about changes in the NCAA from D1 conference representatives to sports agents or running a personal training or health club.
  • Intern, job shadow, and gain professional experiences in a variety of settings including: professional sporting events like the Super Bowl, NCAA sponsored collegiate and conference championships, IHSA state championships, hospitality and fan services with the Chicago Bears, sales with Chicago Fire or Kane County Cougars, sport and event management with Game Day USA or US Specialty Sport Association, tourism and marketing with Premier Sport Tourism, golf courses & country clubs like Cress Creek or Cog Hill, sports and training facilities like the Bulls-Sox Academy, health & fitness clubs like Title Boxing Club, or working with many college and high school athletic events, IMs, and administration.

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U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

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Internships

  • Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Normal CornBelters professional baseball
  • Chicago Steel indoor professional football
  • Chicago Bandits professional softball
  • Sydney Kings Australian professional basketball
  • Sport Management Worldwide
  • Niblock Enterprises-Irish triathlon business
  • Wheatland’s Athletic Association
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  • Super Bowl host committee
  • NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Championships

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in sport management have been accepted at:

  • Campbellsville University
  • University of Iowa
  • North Central College
  • Illinois State University

Careers

Recent graduates in sport management include:

  • Box office coordinator, Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer
  • Head cross country coach, Campbellsville University
  • Marketing coordinator, Chicago Fire men's professional soccer
  • Assistant manager, Title Boxing Club
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Premier Tourism Marketing
Sport Management

“North Central’s sport management program is unlike anyone else’s. I met people who are in the jobs I want to be in and I chose internships where I’m doing what I want to do.”

Brianna’s studies in sport management exposed her to what goes on behind the scenes of athletic competition. An internship with the athletic department taught her how to run a meet, recruit, set up equipment, and work with men’s and women’s programs. Her classes covered topics from economics to human resource management. Her role as a sportscaster with the student-run WONC-FM reinforced her desire to work at ESPN someday.

That desire was fueled when she attended the NCAA Sports and Entertainment Summit. “I networked with...

Sport Management

When Derek was growing up, his dad often told him that if he could find a job he loved, “you’ll never work a day in your life.” On the way to finding that job, Derek discovered a school he loves.

“I fell in love with North Central during my first visit. I still feel the same way today,” he says. “The people here are very friendly and the school’s in an amazing area.”

As a student, Derek has already had multiple opportunities to gain experience in the professional sports world. He completed a summer internship with the Chicago Blackhawks and also worked for the Super Bowl host committee in New Orleans alongside 14 other members of North Central’s Sport Management Association.

“I’ve always...

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A lifelong Chicago Bears fan, Lauren gained enough experience at North Central to land an internship at the Bears summer training camp. As an advertising and special events intern, she organized the public activities surrounding the launch of the NFL season. “It was especially crazy with new quarterback, Jay Cutler,” she says. “We had 6,000 to 7,000 people in the stands every day.”

Lauren also developed sports leadership skills on campus. “I worked in the athletics office and organized game-day activities on campus,” she says. “I also played basketball for two and a half years.”

Lauren plans to pursue a career in sport management, but she’s open to a range of possibilities. “I want to work either...

Sport Management

“If you have a passion for sports, I recommend majoring in sport management. There are so many opportunities to build your resume at a school of North Central’s size. You take a variety of classes and learn many ways to build a career in sports.”

For Lauren, two of those opportunities were internships. One of the internships helped define her career interest. It involved interviewing student-athletes and writing their stories for publication on the College’s athletics website and distribution to media. “I discovered I like writing in sports journalism and want to work in this field.”

Her second internship connected her with coaches and team administration. “I interned with North Central’s track...