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Sports Administration versus MBA

September 21st 2006

Q. Do you recommend to students who would like to work in the sports business obtain their masters in sports administration and management or work towards an MBA degree?
A. Great question and I’m not sure I can provide a clear-cut answer. I believe a master’s in sports administration and management, or an MBA are equally beneficial in the sports business.
I also believe it’s equally important to compliment the classroom teachings with the practical experience a student receives from an internship – or multiple internships – that makes the difference in preparing a student for a successful career in the sports business.

Ron Goch, The Telios Group
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Interns: Paid and Non-Paid Positions

June 23rd 2006

Q. You shared earlier this week your thoughts on what to offer non-paid interns.  Do you feel interns should be paid or non-paid positions?

A. Whenever a budget exists to pay interns, you’re likely to attract a larger pool of intern candidates with paid interns.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll attract a larger pool of “qualified” intern candidates, but simply more people applying for your paid intern positions.

Some people subscribe to the thinking that you must pay interns to get quality intern candidates.  I don’t believe this to be true based on my experiences over the years with some outstanding interns who were not paid, and who are doing very well in sports business today.

It’s a bonus to the interns if you can create a budget that includes paid internships, because most interns could use the money towards their school expenses and won’t have to take on an additional job to earn money to pay for tuition, books, fees, housing and food.

However, what’s most important is the experience you offer students.  It won’t matter if you pay students if they don’t receive a quality intern experience that prepares them well for work in the sports business following college.

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What to Offer Non-Paid Interns

June 19th 2006

Q. What can college athletics offer non-paid interns to keep them motivated throughout a semester?

A. First and foremost, an excellent hands-on experience to prepare them for a full-time job when they graduate. A well planned and executed internship program will benefit the intern as well as the sports team or athletics department, so it’s well worth your investment to formalize your internship so all involved benefit.

In addition, any time you can involve other senior staff members in your meetings to share what they do in their respective departments, this increases the value of your internship and the intern’s overall experience.

Next, some programs have developed intern of the month awards, recognizing interns with their picture and name engraved on a plaque that features each of the 12 interns for the year.

Additionally, any time you can provide interns with clothing, merchandise and/or certificates from apparel and corporate partners, it’s a nice surprise to unpaid interns.


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The Importance of an Internship Experience

April 26th 2006

Q. How important is it for a person who would like to work in the sports business to complete an internship?

A. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as an intern as well as work with many interns over the years in the sports business. I enjoyed my internship experiences and believe it’s one of the best hands-on experiences a person can receive in preparation for a full-time job…whether you work in sports or not.

In our Telios Tips blog, there are two posts on internships you may want to check out for additional insights. Under the “Internships” category you will find a post in February 2006 and another in March 2006.

Your turn to take a shot!

What are your thoughts on internships and how a person can benefit from an internship experience?


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Commit to an Internship

February 26th 2006

Q. What can I do to make myself more marketable for a job in sports?

A. Find and commit yourself to a great internship experience.  There are many reasons to explore an internship.  Here are 10 reasons why you should commit to fulfilling a minimum of one semester of an internship before graduation:

1. You will gain practical knowledge and real world hands-on experience while earning academic credit.

2. An internship can provide you with an opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom.

3. It’s a great opportunity to explore and preview your career interests.

4. You will enhance your resume.

5. You will develop and grow your network by establishing valuable relationships throughout your internship experience.

6. It’s an opportunity to develop and enhance your writing and communication skills.

7. You will increase your self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

8. You’ll learn and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

9. It’s an opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals.

10. The experience will enable you to be more competitive in the job market following your graduation.

Your turn to take a swing…

How have you benefited from an internship experience?

All the best,

Ron Goch
The Telios Group

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