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Program Highlights

For any student seeking to work in the sports industry, it is important to gain experience that goes beyond the classroom. This page highlights some of the opportunities that exist for students in the MSU Sport Administration and Sport Studies programs to gain practical experience in the management of sport. These opportunities include professional road trips, a guest speaker series, and work with events such as the TEAMS Conference, True South Classic, and Special Olympics. For additional information about program news and events, check us out on Facebook or Twitter. Also, you can find alumni updates and other program information in our latest newsletter.

Professional Road Trips

Professional road trips provide students with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the operations of a professional sport franchise by meeting with key figures in the industry. Recent professional road trips include the following:




College Speaker Series

With the College Speaker Series, we seek to bring in leading figures from the sports industry to speak with undergraduate and graduate students. Such events provide an invaluable opportunity for students to hear perspectives and advice from experienced leaders who have achieved success in the industry. Recent speakers include:

TEAMS Conference Partnership

A partnership between MSU Sport Studies & Administration provides free conference registration and lodging for several students to attend the annual Travel, Events, and Management in Sports Conference & Expo. While assisting with the operational side of the event, students also have the opportunity to participate in a conference featuring exhibitors and speakers from organizations such as the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Fox Sports, ESPN, and more. For more information on the event, visit:

TEAMS Conference 2007 TEAMS Conference 2008 TEAMS Conference 2009

True South Classic PGA Tour Event

A partnership with MSU Sport Studies & Administration allows a group of students to travel as event operations interns to work at the True South Classic PGA Tour event in Madison, MS. Working directly with tournament operations staff, the students gain a first-hand look behind the scenes of a large-scale, professional sporting event, including experience in such areas as volunteer operations, communication and media, hospitality, event management, and more. For more information on the event, visit:

Viking Classic 1 Viking Classic 2 Viking Classic 3

Special Olympics

Each fall and spring, a group of MSU Sport Studies & Administration students are involved in coordinating the Special Olympics Area 6 events held on the Mississippi State University Campus. The fall event includes sports such as basketball and volleyball, and is held in the Sanderson Center on campus. The spring event, meanwhile, includes a variety of track & field activities, and is held at Carl Maddox Track. In addition to providing a rewarding volunteer experience, the Special Olympics provides students the opportunity to be involved first-hand in a variety of roles related to event management as well as fundraising.

MSU Kinesiology helps host Special Olympics