Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business has forged a partnership with the Detroit Tigers and Olympia Entertainment to offer paid internships to its MBA students.
Starting this fall, two students in the Sport and Entertainment Management concentration program can work with either of the Ilitch family organizations for two full years, the university said Wednesday in news release. The paid experiences will offer students at least 20-hour work weeks to rotate through three departments of the baseball or entertainment operations in areas including marketing, venue operations and business analytics.
Associate Professor Scott Tainsky, who directs the SEM program, said he did not know how much the interns will be paid by the Tigers and Olympia Entertainment.
The new Mike Ilitch School of Business facility, which begin holding classes in the fall, is next doors to Little Caesars Arena and a short walk from Comerica Park and the Fox Theatre, where Olympia Entertainment maintains its offices.
A representative from Olympia was not available to comment Wednesday and the Tigers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“These internships have grown out of our relationships in the District Detroit,” Tainsky said in the release. “Our students are really going to benefit from our new building’s proximity to Detroit’s sport and entertainment district.”
The relationship is the first step in the business school’s plan to create internship opportunities for MBA students with other sports and entertainment organizations in the region. Tainsky said the internship program is a deliberate recruiting effort to attract MBA candidates to the university, which last month moved staff into the $59 million business school building in The District Detroit this year.
“Now that we have the framework with our flagship partner, we are looking to have that similar relationship with others,” Tainsky said.
Applications are due by July 20. More details here.
The WSU business school enrolls about 4,000 students and offers 14 different concentrations, Tainsky said.