Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg

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Internship Track

As a student learns more about the field of sport management and the variety of opportunities available, a specific career objective may begin to emerge. Further, the Sport Management faculty is fully convinced of the inherent value experiential learning has to offer and strongly encourages qualified students to take advantage of our internship program. The first step is for the student to transfer out of the General Curriculum Track and into the Internship Track as a means of combining academic and experiential education. The student must be enrolled in the internship track for AT LEAST ONE SEMESTER before going out on their internship. It is not possible to register for a Sport Management internship without having submitted an authorized "change of major" form to the Registrar's office.

The Director of Internships for the Department is available to assist students in completing the change-of-major form and in transferring into the internship track, and, at the proper time, to advise and assist students in securing internships.

 

Undergraduate Internship Track Policy

To apply for the internship track, which does not guarantee eligibility for an internship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. A 2.8 GPA or higher;
  2. Completion of a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 89 credits*;
  3. Completion of 9 Sport Management credits (Introduction to Sport Management must be 3 of those credits);
  4. Attendance at an internship track seminar or a meeting with the Internship Director;
  5. Submission of a completed internship track application which includes recommendation signatures from two full-time faculty members.

* A student who has completed 90 credits or more may only apply to the internship track with special permission from the Internship Director and Undergraduate Sport Management advisor.


To begin an internship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Acceptance into the internship track;
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in completed Sport Management courses;
  3. Completion of 75 credits;
  4. Completion of 3 of the following 4 courses: ACCT 221, ECON 103, MATH 121, and COMPSCI 105;
  5. Completion of 12 Sport Management credits;

 

Eligibility for an Internship

Because an intern represents not only him or herself but our school as well, anyone accepted into the internship track may be denied the opportunity to accept an internship in the event of losing qualifying academic standing, academic dishonesty, serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or failure to meet responsibilities associated with preparation for the internship (as specified by the Director of Internships).

Compensation for the Internship

Sponsors are under no obligation to provide wages or housing to an intern. Compensation for student interns varies considerably depending on the needs and availability of students, resources of the sponsoring organization, the general market for interns, location of the internship site and other variables.

 

Academic Credit

To receive credit for an internship, a student must register for 12 credits in SPORTMGT 498. The registration may be done through the university's undergraduate registrar's office for the fall or spring semesters or through the Division of Continuing Education for the summer session. 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.

Placement

The placement of student interns is coordinated with and approved by Internship Director. The department has ongoing relationships with sport organizations (which regularly accept interns from the program) throughout the country including professional sport teams, collegiate athletic departments, collegiate conferences and associations, public and private facilities, corporate sport organizations, sport media organizations, high school athletic programs, private sport clubs, sport marketing and consulting firms, and various amateur sport organizations.

 

While much assistance is provided, students are strongly encouraged to seek and apply for internships as independently as possible, keeping the Internship Director promptly and continuously advised of his or her progress in this regard. The process of finding an internship is sufficiently similar to finding a job that greater independence in this endeavor is a significant piece of the learning curve for the ultimate job search.

 

Other Guidelines

1) The Department is under no obligation to assist students interested in pursuing an internship aside from SPORTMGT 498.

2) When the department receives notice of an internship opportunity, only students currently enrolled in the internship track may apply for that internship.

3) The Department is under no obligation to guarantee an internship with a specific sport organization, in a certain geographical location or with financial compensation.