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.
  • Observe and intern at corporate wellness centers, sports medicine clinics, health clubs and schools, in addition to other collegiate athletic departments and professional sports teams.
  • Join the Sport Management Association, an organization for students aiming to network and increase their marketability.
  • Take advantage of abundant Chicagoland internships and employment options.


Sport management majors as interns at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans
North Central College students host Entrepreneurship in Sport—a panel of four founders, owners, directors of local sport-related organizations—on Feb. 17.
Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.
North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.



  • 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


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

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...

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...

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...