How a UWO Grad Turned His Love of Sports Into a Career

Can’t run a 40-yard dash under 5 seconds or throw a 95-mile an hour a fastball, but still want a career in sports? There is still hope.  Find out what a recent grad of UWO did to reach goal of working in sports.

Wade Vincent graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in 2012 with a Communication degree.  Wade began his career in sports journey by interning with the Intramural Sports Department at UWO.  The Intramural Sports program provides an opportunity for participation in sports in an organized, competitive environment for students, faculty and staff.

To further his experience in the sports  industry, Wade received an internship with the Madison Mallards after graduation. The Madison Mallards are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Madison, Wisconsin that plays in the Northwoods League. The Mallards offer internships every summer to students who are interested in working directly with team management. After gaining experience with the Mallards, Wade moved on to accept a full-time position with Lids.   Following his job with Lids, the Madison Mallards offered Wade the Corporate Service Manager position.

At the end of the day, it’s your contributions and your persistence that will help you get to where you want to be. Along with having a severe interest in sports, follow these steps to help you achieve your goal of working in the sports industry.

  1. Get an Internship. Now.
  2. Get another internship, then start thinking about getting a paid job in sports.
  3. Pick a specific sport you would prefer to work with.
  4. Check job openings frequently.
  5. Find somebody that knows somebody that can hook you up with your dream job.
  6. Join any sports network organization in your university (Intramurals) or community.
  7. Connect someone who is currently doing the job you would like to have.
  8. Be persistent and be polite.


For more advice from Wade, watch the YouTube video linked below.

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