I too wish there was more of a pipeline from the campus to the athletic department. I know there are marketing interns every year but I don't know if any of them ever get permanent positions (or if there are positions for them). We have graduate assistants in the coaching staffs and in the trainers, could we not have some graduate assistant positions in marketing or sports information or other administrative departments? It seems it would be a way to further leverage the athletic department for academic/professional growth. I imagine that one road block would be funding, however, if there was a push to raise money for those type of positions specifically... I'd give to it. Or could they have pushed IMG to include something like that in their contract? Like they have to hire some interns from UH at the very least.
I do think it is great what the department has done with the Valenti school in the last year and hope it grows. I just see that there are more opportunities to help students as well as the athletic department.