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NDC students attended a career workshop with the Lake Erie Monsters at The Q.
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Monsters Show Students Career Paths

A group of 30 Notre Dame College students recently visited the Quicken Loans Arena with Internship/Co-op Coordinator Lauren Marchaza to attend a professional sports career workshop with Cleveland's American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.

The workshop was coordinated by Marchaza, Sport Management Professor John Przybys, and Ben Shank and Jeff Heinrich ’10 of the Lake Erie Monsters. As a student at NDC, Heinrich completed his internship with the Lake Erie Monsters in the summer of 2009.

The workshop educated the Notre Dame students about career paths in the professional sports industry. It featured eight speakers from different departments in the Lake Erie Monsters organization including marketing, public relations, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, and video production and entertainment. Chief Operating Officer Mike Ostrowski was the keynote speaker.

Thirty NDC students listened to Lake Erie Monsters staff talk about careers in sports.
Thirty NDC students listened to Lake Erie Monsters staff talk about careers in sports.

The speakers shared their experiences working in sports and emphasized the critical role internships played in their path to success in the field. All of the speakers agreed that starting off in sales, especially ticket sales, is a great way to break into their industry.

The students then went on a tour of The Q to see what happens behind the scenes, before they watch the Monsters beat the Rochester Americans, 2-1, that day.

Senior sport management major Darius Singleton said the event was a great experience.

“It was beneficial to me because the workshop was in a conference room setting with my peers,” he said. “I felt more confident and it was more diverse with other peoples’ questions and comments.”

Singleton said he enjoyed meeting and networking with the speakers.

“They told us what they expect from prospective employees,” he said. “It was helpful that each individual told us their success story because that gave me something to relate to as I am starting my journey.”   

After the presentations and a tour of The Q, students enjoyed a hockey game.
After the presentations and a tour of The Q, students enjoyed a hockey game.

Sport Management major Jeremy Carper said the event was eye opening.

“It allowed me to finally understand the importance of going to these things and meet people in a field I would like to pursue one day,” he said.

Notre Dame’s Career Services Center and the Lake Erie Monsters are planning to host another event in the fall. The Monsters are currently accepting résumés and cover letters for internship positions. For more information, contact Lauren Marchaza at lmarchaza@ndc.edu or 216.373.6453.