Student Internships Pave Way for Employment Opportunities

Northwood University students Alex Hartley, Livia Toth, Tola-Isaac Mayowa, Julia Cusumano, Ross Schwinger, Alberto St. Juste and Garrett Foster volunteer at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.

About 20 Northwood Florida Entertainment, Sport and Promotion (ESPM) students recently spent the holidays working at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and the National Field Hockey Festival.

A requirement of their ESPM curriculum, the internships are valued by the community and were even written into the county’s venue bid proposal for the field hockey event for the past two years. Your team is a major part of this event selecting Palm Beach County,” said George Linley, the Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC), and your team is also a big part of this event’s success.”

Aside from a wide range of classes, ESPM students are required to complete a 400-hour internship and at least one practicum. Practicums can include gigs with professional sports teams, semi-pro and pro sports teams, record labels, music festivals, and more. Students also have many opportunities to listen to and network with professionals in the industry including alumni. Many of them also travel to major sport and entertainment locations around the world, and study tours in the United States and Europe which allow them to visit with professionals, engage in the culture, and get up close and personal with the exciting industry.

One of the largest amateur sporting events in the world for the second consecutive year, the USA Field Hockey (USAFH) partnered with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to host the National Hockey Festival at the International Polo Club in Wellington. Billed as the world’s largest field hockey tournament, over 260 teams, consisting of more than 4,400 athletes and 8,500 total visitors from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean visited Palm Beach County.  They contended for titles in women's and men’s divisions, including women’s age group (Under 16 and Under 19), boy's age group (Under 16), and women’s open and mixed (adult).   The festival is a landmark occasion for the entire state of Florida.  Palm Beach County has hosted a version of the National Hockey Festival eight (8) previous times.  However, this year’s event has significantly grown in player participation as well as the economic benefits that it brings to a community.  The Festival is expected to be the largest amateur sporting event hosted by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission this decade.


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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.