Internships Lead to Employment for Sports Management Grads

V8 Supercars at Circuit of the Americas is one of the many events where Quint Events hosts a luxury weekend experience. Photo courtesy of Lori Huckaby.

V8 Supercars at Circuit of the Americas is one of the many events where Quint Events hosts a luxury weekend experience. Photo courtesy of Lori Huckaby.

by Katherine Meakem, Public Relations Writer

September 27, 2013

Three graduates of Cedarville’s sports business management program began work with Quint Events, a professional sports event management company, in August.

The company creates and sells elite weekend experience packages to many famous sporting events like the NFL Super Bowl, NFL Pro Bowl, NBA All Star Weekend and the Kentucky Derby.

After graduating in 2013, all three alumni spent several months as interns with Quint Events located in Charlotte, N.C. Now full-time employees, the graduates agree that Cedarville prepared them both academically and professionally to thrive in the sports industry.

Matthew Callan, from Cedarville, Ohio, and Stephen Ellis, from Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated with sports business management majors. Brooke Devereaux, from Oakland, Maine, graduated with a sports business management minor. This program in Cedarville’s school of business administration equips students to pursue professional careers in the sports industry.

With many opportunities for out-of-class experiences, Ellis appreciates the real-world knowledge he gained about sports management during his time at Cedarville. Ellis feels that the curriculum and classes in the program gave him a strong understanding of the marketing side of the sports industry.

“The biggest aspect that Cedarville set me up for was how to communicate with my clients,” Ellis said. Ellis currently sells ticket packages to the weekend experiences Quint Events hosts at famous sporting events, and he even attends some of these events to serve clients on site.

Callan also sells high-profile ticket packages for Quint Events. In addition to his work with sales, Callan helps run several Quint Event experiences at large sporting events and has enjoyed experiencing many aspects of the sports management business firsthand. “Cedarville prepared me very well for the problem-solving and the background of the industry,” said Callan.

In November, Lori Huckaby, assistant professor of sports business management, and 10 of her students will take a class trip to Austin, Texas, where they will volunteer with Quint Events and help serve clients at the Formula One United States Grand Prix. This trip will provide students the opportunity to put into action what they have learned in class. Huckaby said that these events and internships “provide invaluable experiences for students.”

According to Callan, he appreciates his time at Cedarville even more after participating in many aspects of the sports industry as an intern and now as a full-time employee. “I take the things I learned at Cedarville and use them to make decisions every day with my job and the rest of life.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.