What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?
For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for sport management.
- Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers
- Recreation Workers
- Sales Manager
- Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representative
Other Job Titles:
- Athletic Business Manager
- Athletic Director
- Compliance Director
- Corporate Sales Director
- Director of Ticket Sales
- Facilities Coordinator
- Fitness Manager
- Intramural Director of Campus Recreation
- Marketing and Promotions Director
- Professional Sports Team Manager
- Program Director in Community Sports Program
- Sporting Goods Sales Representative
- Sports Attorney
Internships and Research Opportunities
Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will
allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well
introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information,
email Dr. Jessica Braunstein-Minkove, TU Sport Management Internship Coordinator.
Careers and Jobs
The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making
use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields
you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Sample Resumes and Interview Questions
For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Sport Management Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Coaching/Athletic Director related questions
- How would you deal with those that have academic problems?
- How would you get parents involved?
- How would you promote your program to the public and in school?
- A parent approaches you on a Friday night after a game to discuss an issue, how do
you handle it?
- How do you measure success?
- What is your coaching philosophy?
- How you will make sure you’re running a safe program?
Sport Marketing related questions
- What do you know about our team/products?
- Tell me about a successful marketing campaign you helped developed?
- Name a time you had very little guidance in your work, and what did you do?
- If you had a marketing budget of [$500,000] what would you do with it for this team/company?
- Tell us about a time you worked with executive-level employees.
Sports Sales related questions
- What would you do if a customer/client asked you about a product you did not know
- What do you know about our product?
- Are you comfortable making cold calls?
- What sales experience do you have?
- Have you consistently met your sales goals?
- What is more important, a quality product or excellent customer service?
- What makes you a good sales person?
Health and Fitness related questions
- What certifications do you have?
- How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
- What group courses have you taught?
- What diet and nutrition education have you received?
- What experience do you have with customer service?
- Walk me through how you start a class from the very beginning to the end of the warm
- What evaluations do you conduct on a new client who wants to begin a fitness regimen?
- How important is nutrition to you in creating clients' regimens?
- How do you simultaneously help clients at different levels of physical ability during
a workout class?
- Tell me about a time when a client was unhappy with your work. How did you handle
- Imagine a client is discouraged during a training session. How do you keep him or
- What training regimen would you offer a client who says he or she strictly wants to
- If a client complains about a previous injury, how would you handle that when constructing
a fitness regimen for him or her?
Recreation related questions
- Describe actions you would take to ensure communication among staff, co-workers, the
Recreation Department, and your immediate supervisor.
- Tell us of an event when you collaborated an event with multiple organizations.
- Describe your method of supervision. Give examples of how you would manage programs
to ensure quality service, appropriate behavior and build morale.
- An employee has been late 3 days in a row. They always seem to have a reasonable explanation.
How would you deal with the situation?
- You are assisting a teen in the office; a father comes into the office and is very
upset. He starts yelling at you because another staff member kicked his child out
of program for the day. How do you handle this situation?
- What roles do non-competitive sports play in a recreation program?
- Describe a situation where inappropriate behavior produced bad teamwork that was at
the expense of the program. And then, if you had been the supervisor and wanted to
solve the problem, how would you have done it and how would you have described the
problem to the staff?
- What types of staff training would you recommend to maintain quality customer service?
- Describe your experience preparing and implementing a budget. How do you keep track
and monitor your expenditures?
- What types of programming would you include in the daily operations of a community
- What steps would you take to plan and prepare for a special event at your facility?
- How would you measure the success of the event?
Event Management related questions
- What were the biggest pressures you had to deal with during your internship experience?
- What have you done that shows initiative and a willingness to work?
- Do you feel you work well under pressure? Provide an example.
- Describe a high-pressure situation you had to handle at work. Describe the situation,
who was involved, and what you did in terms of the situation.
- You are coordinating a large stadium event where you expect 8,000 people to attend.
How do you preplan for this event?
- Tell us about a time when you thought “outside of the box” to achieve a particular
- Describe for us a situation that would demonstrate the level of confidence that you
have in yourself.
- In this position, you must interact successfully with people, clients, upper management,
subordinates, etc. in order to make a positive impact. Can you sketch out two or three
key strengths you feel you have in dealing with people?
- Tell us about the most effective contribution you have made as part of a task group
or special project team.
- How do you handle the media?
Facility Management related questions
- What is your strategy to deal with the operational process and challenges?
- Discuss your ability to manage the required facilities by maintaining and improving
the standards of working.
- Explain the various facility tools and procedures required to enhance the productivity
of your department and to meet the heavy work targets?
- What have you learned from your past jobs that related to Facilities manager?
- What is your experience with meeting planning and calendar maintenance?
- How do you coordinate and schedule a meeting?
- Name the risks of having an ineffective records management program.
Collegiate/Professional Athletics related questions
- What is it about our institution that interests you? (Why do you want to work for
- What is the purpose of athletics on a college campus?
- What is your coaching philosophy (for a coaching position)?
- What are your career goals?
- What are some qualities that make you a good athletic director?
- If you could change anything about how college sports were conducted, what would it
- Who are some of your mentors? Who do you consult if you have a problem?
Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price
membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings,
field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections
on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.
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