Wilmington College Sports Management Students Participate in ‘Professional Day’

WILMINGTON — The Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Hawks and Pittsburgh Penguins were among more than two dozen sports-related organizations at Wilmington College on Friday, April 8. They met with sports management students to discuss internship and job opportunities at WC’s annual Sports Management Professional Day. .

The event takes on a speed networking format in which pairs of WC students chat for seven minutes with representatives from one organization before moving on to the next in the rotation. After several hours, each student participated in 25 interviews with sports management industry professionals looking to hire interns and entry-level positions.

Dr. Alan Ledford, WC’s program director, noted that while his students aren’t offered a job that day, the experience “can only make them better” for the future.

“Many of our students will be called back for a second interview,” Ledford added, noting that not only are senior graduates encouraged to attend the professional day every year, but also students early in their college experience as students. first year. “Going through the interview process before graduation is a big plus. They have the ability to craft their elevator pitch and work on interview techniques.

And there are good reasons why the aforementioned pro teams, plus the Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and NFL On Location Experiences — among many others — come to Wilmington College for Pro Day. The proof is in the success they have had in hiring Wilmington College students and alumni. Indeed, a dozen of the organizations’ recruiters are WC alumni, some of whom were on the other side of the interview just a year ago.

“It’s my favorite day of the year!” said Ledford. “I feel like it’s a sports management meeting. Many alumni here present attended this event as students. Current students can now see the full circle from student to practitioner – which I am most proud of! »

Other vendors who interviewed WC students were Cleveland Monsters, FC Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Village Sports Hall of Fame, Penn Gaming, FanGate, Motz Group, Chillicothe Paints, Total Quality Logistics, Florence Y- alls, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Clinton County Special Olympics, Mount Orab Sports Complex, Warren County Visitors Bureau, St. Bernard High School, Wilmington High School, Ohio Galaxies, Clinton County Youth Council, Foffee and Future Stars of Dayton.

Interviewing a Cincinnati Reds representative are seniors Jonah Fenner, left, and Cole Hager.

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