Sport Management Student Profile
Name: Amanda Rodriguez
Graduation Year: 2014
How and why did you choose your major?
When originally applying to the University of Minnesota, I applied to
the Carlson School of Management. After being rejected, I was placed
in the College of Liberal Arts. Following my freshman year, as well as
the completion of Introduction to Sport Management, I knew that Sport Management would
perfectly blend my love of sports and interest in business. With the electives which are required
within the course material, I knew that I would be able to also explore my other interest, such
as Mass Communications (mainly public relations) and History.
Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.
Within the Sport Management major, I have had the opportunity to take courses which cover all of the major facets of business, and in those classes, listen to professionals which are currently excelling in the sports industry. Thus far, my favorite Sport Management course has been Organization and Management of Sport, where I have had the pleasure to have Joel Maturi, former Athletic Director for the University of Minnesota, as my professor. In this class, we have had multiple professionals speak to our group about the necessary qualities and skills which one must have to be extremely progressive in sports. The most challenging part of this area of study has been finding a way to make myself stand-out among the crowd of students looking to pursue this career. With the knowledge from our guest speakers, as well as my personal jobs, internships, and experiences, I have a great opportunity ahead of me, following my completion at the University of Minnesota.
What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)
Clubs: Public Relations Student Society of America (Was just elected as an Account Executive for
the Homegrown Lacrosse Committee for next school year)
Jobs: Fan Relations Representative at the University of Minnesota Athletic Ticket Office and Hockey Cheer Manager for the University of Minnesota Spirit Squad
Internships: Membership and Development Intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (2012 Summer) and full-time intern with the Saint Paul Saints (upcoming 2013 Summer)
Study Abroad: Global Seminar in London, England studying the 1908, 1948, and 2012 London Olympics through the School of Kinesiology
In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?
The most important thing to know before going into Sport Management, is that a love for sports is not enough. You need to push yourself to fully understand the business aspects behind the sporting industry. With this knowledge, the skills of networking, and the drive of personally succeeding in this field, you will be able to do well. One more obvious thing is that you must be willing to move for a job. Within the sport industry, jobs are sometimes hard to come by, making it important for you to be willing to move for an opportunity which may be perfect for you.