Your career at the Center for Sports Management –

Leading the way into the sports business.

The Center for Sports and Management offers WHU students as well as external prospects excellent opportunities to enter the sports business - both in practice and in science. Students of all disciplines and grades can write their thesis at the Chair of Sports and Management. In addition, the CSM provides internships to students or employs them as academic assistants at the Center itself. The Center for Sports and Management, together with the WHU, the foundation "Deutsche Sporthilfe" and the SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU, also serves as a training institution for former top athletes and future executives in the sports business. Graduates and professionals are offered excellent career opportunities in the scientific field, e.g. as internal or external doctoral candidates and research assistants.

Former employees and alumni of Professor Schmidt now work at some of the finest addresses in the sports business, including the German Football League (DFL), the German Football Association (DFB) or German record football champion FC Bayern Munich. Have we aroused your interest in a career at the CSM? On these pages you will find all the information you need. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

You can apply for positions with us at any time. There is a structured process for candidates applying for doctoral positions at the Center for Sports and Management. After we have received your complete application package in electronic form (comprising CV, cover letter, diplomas/certificates), initial questions will be clarified by phone. This is also your opportunity to receive more background information about the center and our team. We may then invite you for a personal interview at our center in Düsseldorf.

You should allow around 2.5 hours for your interview in Düsseldorf. We usually have two interviews, after which you'll get the chance to interact with other research assistants working at the center. These discussions should answer the question as to whether the Center for Sports and Management is a suitable place for you to pursue your next academic qualification and, also, whether you will fit in here. As a small team, we view strong personal alignment as an absolute priority. Therefore, you are also encouraged to ask questions and to find out what we do, how we work, and what belongs to the daily work of a research assistant.

To get a good impression of you as a person, we divide each interview into two parts. In the first part, it is all about getting to know you as a person. We discuss a typical situation from the everyday life of a research assistant in order to gain a clearer understanding of your problem-solving abilities. It is in no way about assessing your knowledge of sports or testing some preset thinking patterns or frameworks. What we aim to achieve is to understand how you structure ideas, formulate creative approaches, and summarize key points of the problems presented. Such cases offer a good opportunity for you to become better acquainted with the topics and working approaches at the center. In the second part, your possible ideas and topics for the dissertation will be discussed.

It goes without saying that you will receive feedback soon after the discussions. We do our best to communicate our decision on the day following our personal meeting.

For many successful athletes - especially outside of professional football - the question of how to secure a long-term livelihood after the end of the career is essentially. Therefore, many athletes already take courses or begin to study while still being active sportsmen. In our study Sports Business Study 2019 we actively dealt with this topic for the second time after our Study "Kollege Spitzensportler". This resulted in several projects and cooperations. For example, the WHU in cooperation with the foundation "Deutsche Sporthilfe" offers scholarships for former athletes in its full-time and part-time MBA program.

In 2016, the Center for Sports and Management, in cooperation with the Career Center of the WHU and clubs of the Bundesliga, launched an internship program exclusively for WHU students. As part of the program, selected WHU students have been given the opportunity to complete an internship at top clubs and organizations in German professional football.

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All information about the internship program at a glance:

  • Sport-interested WHU students of all programs and classes who are interested in a career in sports business are eligible to apply.
  • Internships take place in spring 2020 at the following clubs / organizations: DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, FC Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. (Other opportunities to follow shortly)
  • Please send your full application no later than November 17th, 2019 via e-mail to bewerbung.csm(at)whu.edu. Please include your CV, a highly convincing motivation letter and all of your certificates. Kindly also state your preferred internship club. Further information on the vacancies can be found in the job postings on this page.
  • Please note: You have to be fluent in German both written and spoken for each of the internships.
  • Together with the WHU Career Center the CSM recruiting team will review your application and conduct on campus interviews on December 4th and 5th, 2019 in Dusseldorf and Vallendar. Please block these dates in your calender!
  • Successful applicants will be presented to the Bundesliga club, taking their preference into account. The Bundesliga club then conducts a final interview and finalizes the internship contract directly with the applicant. Framework conditions for the internship are agreed directly between the intern and the Bundesliga club.

All job postings:

>>> DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

>>> FC Bayern Munich

>>> Hertha Berlin

The "SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU" also offers the opportunity for further professional development, not only to the junior executives of the sports business, but also to former top athletes. It provides leaders and high-potentials in the sports business industry with participant-centric, cross-functional, and application-oriented advanced education and training. It has been established in 2014 as a cooperation between WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and SPONSORs, the leading information processor and convention organizer.

By combining the competencies of both partners, SPOAC aims to develop future decision-makers in sports business, who learn from the best in the field, both from academia and practice. To that end, the CSM ensures successful incorporation of cutting-edge insights from research into teaching in order to maximize relevance of the course contents for real-life applications. This is guaranteed through close integration of the SPOAC partners DFL, DOSB and WWP.

Learn more and apply now!

Important dates

Application Deadline MBA Scholarships Class of 2021:
Applications are closed at the moment

Application Deadline Internship Program 2020:
17th November 2019

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Making an impact on the sports business world –
Get to know our CSM alumni.

Top athletes at WHU –
Meet some of our former students.

Dana Glöß
Class of 2016 (PT MBA)

Sport: Track Cycling
Greatest Successes:

- 3rd Place at World Championships
- 5x German Champion

Current Job: Head of Project and Organizational Development at Inoges AG

Benjamin Starke
Class of 2016 (PT MBA)

Sport: Swimming
Greatest Successes:

- World Champion (Relay) 
- Vice World Champion 
- Olympian 
- Former Leader of the World Ranking

Current Job: Head of Sales Switzerland at Audibene

Christian Friedrich
Class of 2017 (PT MBA)

Spor: Bobsleigh
Greatest Successes:

- Vice World Champion 
- 3rd Place at German Championships

Current Job: Founder & CEO at statmath GmbH

Thomas Lurz
Class of 2017 (PT MBA)

Sport: Open Water Swimming
Greates Successes:

- World Champion 
- European Champion  
- Olympic Silver Medal
- Olympic Bronze Medal

Current Job: Head of HR/Business Development at S. Oliver

Daniel Hermann
Class of 2018 (PT MBA)

Sport: Ice Dance
Greatest Successes:

- German Champion
- German Junior Champion

Current Job: Senior Project Manager at adidas

Nicolas Limbach
Class of 2018 (PT MBA)

Sport: Fencing
Greates Successes:

- 2x World Champion
- Vice European Champion
- 7x German Champion

Current Jobs: Procurement Innovation Professional at Bayer

Birte Steven-Vitense
Class of 2018 (PT MBA)

Sport: Swimming
Greates Successes:

- German Champion
- Olympian
- World Cup Participant

Current Job: Sports psychologist at the Olympiastützpunkt Niedersachsen

Norman Ackermann
Class of 2019 (PT MBA)

Sport: Fencing
Greatest Successes:

- Olympic Bronze Medal (Team)
- Vice World Champion (Team)
- World Cup Champion (Juniors)
- World Champion (Juniors)
- 3x German Champion (Team)

Current Job: Lawyer at KPMG

Ibrahim Ahmadsei
Class of 2019 (PT MBA)

Sport: Taekwondo 
Greatest Successes:

- Olympic Silver Medal (Juniors)
- European Champion (Students)
- 4x German Champion

Current Job: Founder & CEO at trustwall

Eileen Hoffmann
Class of 2019 (PT MBA) & Class of 2017 (SPOAC)

Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

- Vice World Champion
- 2x European Champion 
- 6x German Champion
- 233 Internationals

Current Job: Senior Associate Consultant at KPMG

Hagen Rothe
Class of 2019 (FT MBA)

Sport: Rowing
Greatest Successes:

- World Champion (Juniors)
- Vice World Champion (U23)
- Vice World Champion (Juniors)
- German Champion

Current Job: Co-Founder at Augletics

Christian Hochbruck
Class of 2020 (PT MBA)

Sport: Rowing
Greatest Successes:

- World Champion
- Multiple U23 World Champion

Current Job: Deputy Head of Control at Fresenius Medical Care

Ilja Immermann
Class of 2020 (PT MBA)

Sport: Water Polo
Greatest Successes:

- German Champion
- German Cup Champion
- German Youth Champion
- International since 2010

Current Job: Consultant bei EXXETA AG

Daniela Schreiber
Class of 2017 (FT MBA)

Sport: Swimming
Greatest Successes:

- European Champion (Relay)
- Vice World Champion (Relay)
- Olympian

Current Job: Trainee Branch Manager bei AMD TÜV Rheinland

Andreas Späck
Class of 2017 (FT MBA)

Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

- German Champion (Field & Indoor) 
- Europa Cup Champion (Indoor) 
- European Champion (Indoor) 

Current Job: Chief Executive Partner bei S.C Lotto Imobiliare Srl.

Max Keller
Class of 2019 (FT MBA)

Sport: Boxing
Greatest Successes:

- German Champion 
- German Team Champion

Current Job: Student

Vanessa Low
SPOAC

Sport: Track and Field
Greates Successes:

- Paralympic Gold Medal
- Paralympic Silver Medal
- World Champion 
- European Champion

Current Job: Professional Athlete

Richard Becker
Class of 2016 (SPOAC)

Sport: Tennis 
Greatest Successes:

- Quarter-finalists Australian Open (Juniors) 
- Quarter-finalists French Open (Juniors) 
- World Ranking No. 336 

Current Job: Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank AG

Felix Reuß
Class of 2016 (SPOAC)

Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

- European Champion (Field & Indoor)
- Winner Champions Trophy
- German Champion

Current Job: Assistent des Vorstandes bei ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG

Martin Schmitt
Class of 2016 (SPOAC)

Sport: Ski Jumping
Greates Successes:

- 2x World Champion (Single)
- 2x World Champion (Team)
- 2x World Cup Winner
- Olympic Gold Medal

Current Job: Founder of ASP Sports

Amelie Kober
Class of 2017 (SPOAC)

Sport: Snowboard 
Greatest Successes:

- World Cup Winner 
- Olympic Silver Medal
- Olympic Bronze Medal
- Vice World Champion

Current Job: Federal Police Officer

Normann Stadler
Class of 2017 (SPOAC)

Sport: Triathlon 
Greatest Successes:

- 2x Ironman World Champion

Current Job: Consultant / Motivational Speaker

André Weßels
Class of 2017 (SPOAC)

Sport: Fencing
Greatest Successes:

- Vice World Champion
- World Champion (Team) 
- Olympic Bronze Medal (Team) 

Current Job: Key Account Manager at Amazon

Contact

Get in touch with us –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Kerstin Forword
Project Manager

+49 (0)211 44709 746
kerstin.forword(at)whu.edu