Student of the Week: Claire Kooperman

Claire Kooperman – a suma cum laude graduate from Northern Michigan University – was selected yesterday as “Student of the Week.” Claire has consistently taken the lead on projects, volunteer opportunities and study groups. She also last week spearheaded a unique way to show the regional and global diversity of SMBA ’15.


Why did you choose SDSU SMBA over other Sport/MBA programs?

SDSU’s program is different from other sports management programs because students graduate with a MBA while there is an emphasis on hands-on experience. Another bonus is that the classroom work is accelerated to one year. For me that meant having to only take one year off of working to complete the program and having the ability to connect and learn from the talented alumni.

 What skills/knowledge have you been able to contribute to the program?

I love technology and the capability the internet has to connect everyone and share information seamlessly. I have helped out the cohort by setting up a sharable Google Drive folder for the class to share relevant information from anywhere. I have also taken on responsibilities as a blog editor with my previous background in public relations and WordPress capabilities.

 What has been your favorite part of the program thus far?

My favorite part of the program so far has been the out-of-the-classroom experiences. In my first month I was able to work the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, PGA Farmers Insurance Open and compete in the NFL Media Case Competition. Being able to listen and talk to the numerous alumni and guest speakers who have stopped by the classroom has provided me with career paths that I did not know existed.

How has your previous work/internship experience prepared you for this program?

Before coming to the program I had internships in Northern Michigan University’s athletic department as well as at the U.S. Olympic Education Center. Those two internships provided me with basic knowledge of athletic operations at a university and Olympic level. That framework has provided me with a media relations background along with a snapshot of potential sports business professions.

After the program, what area of sports would you like to be involved in?

At the moment I am still tossing around career options but I am interested in working in collegiate athletics or operations.