The internship is an on-the-job learning experience with a sport organization and is arranged for course credit. The six-credit course number is SPORTMGT 698. The internship is scheduled for a minimum of 13 weeks with at least 40 hours of work per week. However, many internships are arranged for a longer period by mutual agreement of the student and sponsor. Arrangements are finalized through an internship contract signed by the student, the sponsor, and the Internship Director of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management.
For more information, please review the Graduate Internship Handbook
Internships are available in (but not limited to) the following industry areas:
- College Athletics
- Professional Sports
- Facilities and Arenas
- Collegiate Associations and Conferences
- Sport Marketing and Promotion Agencies
- Amateur Sport Federations
- Sport Sponsorship Consulting Agencies
- Sporting Goods
- Sports Media Companies
Compensation for student interns varies considerably depending on the resources of the sponsoring organization, the general market for interns, location of the internship site, and other factors.
To receive academic credit for the internship, the graduate student must be registered for six credits in SPORTMGT 698. The internship course is graded on a pass/fail basis. The grade is based on an evaluation submitted by the student's sponsor and an internship report submitted by the student to the Internship Director. Following receipt of a satisfactory evaluation and internship report, the student receives credit for the internship.
The placement of student interns is coordinated through the Internship Director. The Department has long-standing arrangements with many sport organizations which regularly accept interns from our program.
The Department also receives numerous inquiries from various organizations which seek interns on a one-time or periodic basis. In addition, a student may independently apply for an internship with a sport organization if the application has the approval of the Internship Director.
- When the department receives notice of an internship opportunity, any eligible student may apply for that internship.
- The department will make efforts to find an internship placement for any student who is interested and eligible for an internship. However, there is no assurance or obligation to provide internship placement with a specific kind of sport organization in a specific geographical location, or with financial compensation.
- The student must complete a paper on a topic related to the internship as assigned by the Director of Internships. The paper must be received by the Director of Internships at least one week prior to the end of the internship.
- The student must be prepared financially to pay tuition and fees during the internship semester. Graduate assistantships do not provide tuition waivers during internships.
- The internship is intended as the last course to be taken before graduation.