Frequently Asked Questions
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What does SPMA stand for?
SPMA stands for Sport Management. It is pronounced SPEE-MA.
What is Sport Management?
In a nutshell, sport management is a field of business that deals with the sport industry. Of course, this could mean a wide variety of different things. One of the best parts of the sport management industry is how diverse it is! Sport management can include managing athletes, marketing for a sport league, doing financial analysis for a sport team, and many other jobs. If you have a passion for sport and business, the possibilities are endless.
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Can I contribute to SPMA?
Certainly. But we thoroughly vet our contributors to ensure that we continue to produce quality content. If you want to share your knowledge or tell your story, please fill out an application here.
An Education in Sport
Are all Sport Management programs the same?
There are many options when it comes to sport management programs—undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, diplomas, certifications—how is someone supposed to make sense of it all? Each pathway comes with its own pros and cons, and it’s important to be informed before making a decision. Be sure to check out our “Your Career in Sport” Blog to get an inside look at the different paths to a successful career in sport management from professionals and industry experts themselves.
Does it matter where I take Sport Management to land my dream job?
This question is best answered by the experts, so we’ll let them do the talking. Head on over to our “Your Career in Sport” Blog to find out what our sport management professionals think.
Does having an education in Sport Management make me more appealing to prospective employers?
Earning a degree in any field doesn’t guarantee you a job in that field. With that said, an education in sport management is attractive to employers and may give you a leg up in the application process, but by no means it is necessary. If you want to learn more about the different paths people have taken to break into the industry, read about it here.
Are "Sports" Management and Sport Management the same?
Short answer, yes. Sports management and sport management are simply different ways to pronounce the same field of study. An employer won’t find a sport management degree any less credible than a sports management degree and vice versa. People from different countries refer to sport management in different ways, so it’s just a matter of preference. If you’re curious to learn more, read more in our “What’s in the Name” blog post COMING SOON.
Interning in Sport
Can I do an internship in sport at any point?
Internships are generally only available to those enrolled in a post-secondary institution. If you’re currently a student, it would be beneficial to get an internship and start getting hands-on experience as soon as possible.
Where can I find internship opportunities?
Finding an internship in sport management can seem difficult, but here are a few places to start: SIRC, LinkedIn, Indeed. Even if an organization you admire isn’t currently hiring interns, that shouldn’t deter you from reaching out. They might be able to use someone with drive and gumption like you. Create your own opportunities by making connections and hustling.
Can I intern in another country?
Sure you can. But it’s not easy. If you’d like to talk to someone on our team about it, just fill out the contact form below and we’ll get you in touch.
My dream sport organization doesn’t have an internship opening. What do I do?
Here’s an industry wide secret for you: large sport organizations don’t always advertise their internship openings. Why? Because there are so many people who have interest in these positions that they don’t need to advertise it. To break into your dream organization, you’ll need to get creative. Reach out to people via LinkedIn and start building connections. It might lead to an introduction and maybe even an internship, you’ll never know unless you try.