Your career at the Center for Sports Management –
Leading the way into 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 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.
+++ Applications closed for 2020 +++
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:
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.
Making an impact on the sports business world –
Get to know our CSM alumni.
Chief Operating Officer at MHM Group
Dr. Klaus Eberhard
Consultant at Egon Zehnder
Dr. Daniel Högele
Director International Business & Strategy at FC Bayern München
Dr. Mark Kassis
Strategic Data Manager at UEFA
Dr. Steffen Merkel
Head of Corporate Strategy at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
Dr. Tobias Streicher
Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Dr. Fabian Ulrich
Head of International Relations and Strategic Projects at German Football Association (DFB)
Dr. Marc-Valentin Lenz
Head of International Affairs at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
Dr. Verena Jung
Projectmanager at E.ON Inhouse Consulting GmbH; previously DOSB and SPORTFIVE GmbH & Co. KG