University of Southern Indiana

Practicum and Internships in Sport Management

Practicum and Internship in Sport Management

The department requires that all students completing a BS or BA in Sport Management must fulfill the following internship/practicum requirements for graduation:

  • SPTM 283 - Field Experience in Sport and Physical Activity
  • SPTM 302 - Practicum in Recreational Sports (with the USI RFWC Department)
  • SPTM 303 - Practicum in Intercollegiate Athletics (with the USI Athletic Department)
  • SPTM 305 - Practicum in Sport Management (completed at a site of student's choosing)
  • SPTM 498 - Internship in Sport Management (completed at a site of student's choosing)

During these experiences students will gain valuable insight and practical experience. Students select a site for the SPTM 283 experience with the assistance of the faculty member teaching the course.  The SPTM 302 placement is with the USI Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center.  The SPTM 303 placement is with the USI Intercollegiate Athletic Department.  The SPTM 305 placement is at a site of the student's choosing.

Students select the SPTM 498 internship with assistance from their advisor and the Faculty Internship Coordinator.  The student may also seek assistance from the USI Office of Career Services and Internships (http://www.usi.edu/careerservices) which provides a variety of internships and job search services as well as career development for students.

Students seeking more information about practicum/internship opportunities or sport organizations wishing to post a position should contact Dr. Glenna Bower, Faculty Internship Coordinator, at gbower@usi.edu or 812-464-1709.

Student Resources

Internship 498 Handbook

Internship 698 Handbook

Practicum 302 Handbook

Practicum 303 Handbook

Practicum 305 Handbook


FAQs

What is the difference between the practicum and internship courses?

SPTM 283 - Field Experience in Sport and Physical Activity

The field experience/observation course is offered during the student's freshman year. The students learn how to complete a resume, cover letter, portfolio, and learn about networking and interview skills during the first portion of the course.  In addition, students will complete a 20-hour field experience during the second half of the course.  The field experience provides students with practical experiences in sport and exercise related fields. Students have the opportunity to observe professionals at work and learn about the basic operations of a facility and about programs and services offered.  This filed experience is completed early in the curriculum so a student can make a decision if this is actually a career they want to continue to pursue. 

SPTM 302 - Practicum in Recreational Sports

A practicum usually occurs on a part-time basis during the student's sophomore or junior year, and focuses on specific objectives.  Students are allowed to take other coursework with the practicum, and therefore the sites are within a reasonable driving distance of the university.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised recreational sports experiences for a total of 150 hours.  For the Kinesiology and Sport Department, the Practicum in Recreational Sports is completed at the USI Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center or other agreed upon facility if the RFWC is full.

SPTM 303 - Practicum in Intercollegiate Athletics

A practicum usually occurs on a part-time basis during the student's sophomore or junior year, and focuses on specific objectives.  Students are allowed to take other coursework with the practicum, and therefore the sites are within a reasonable driving distance of the university.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised intercollegiate athletic experiences for a total of 150 hours.  For the Kinesiology and Sport Department, the Practicum in Intercollegiate Athletics is completed at the USI Intercollegiate Athletic Department or other agreed upon facility if the Athletic Department is full.

SPTM 305 - Practicum in Sport Management

A practicum usually occurs on a part-time basis during the student's sophomore or junior year, and focuses on specific objectives.  Students are allowed to take other coursework with the practicum, and therefore the sites are within a reasonable driving distance of the university.  The practicum integrates coursework with planned and supervised intercollegiate athletic experiences for a total of 150 hours.  For the Kinesiology and Sport Department, the Practicum in Sport Management is completed at a site of the student's choosing.

SPTM 498 - Internship in Sport Management

The internship takes place upon completion of all coursework and exposes students to a practical learning environment through which they apply classroom theory to reality.  In most cases the internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) work experience for a minimum of 450 hours.

When can I begin my practicum/internship experiences?

Undergraduate Students

  • SPTM 283 - Field Exp in Sport and Physical Activity - No prerequisite but encouraged to take freshman year
  • SPTM 302 - Practicum in Recreational Sports - 283 and Sophomore standing
  • SPTM 303 - Practicum in Intercollegiate Athletics - 283 and Sophomore standing
  • SPTM 305 - Practicum in Sport Management - 283 and Sophomore standing
  • SPTM 498 - Internship in Sport Management - 283 and Senior standing

Graduate Students

  • Students must complete 15-hours of graduate level sport management coursework

How do I find an Internship?

The student is ultimately responsible for finding and securing a practicum/internship. However, the Kinesiology and Sport Department Faculty Internship Coordinator and the USI Office of Career Services and Internships Career Coordinator may assist in the responsibility.

It is important the student does not procrastinate, so it is highly recommended to begin looking at the internship two semesters prior to the internship course.  Internship announcements are sent via email, posted on the internship website, and posted on the internship bulletin board.  Students may review internship announcements for many sport organizations located in a handbook within the Kinesiology and Sport Department.  In addition, students may also visit the USI Office of Career Services and Internships.

How do I register for the practicum/internship class?

Students may enroll in the SPTM 283, 302, 303, and 305 courses after meeting prerequisites. Students must complete a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the SPTM 302, 303 and 305 practica.

The SPTM 498 internship course is a closed class regardless if the student meets the prerequisite.  Students must complete a mandatory orientation meeting with the Faculty Internship Coordinator to review the application and internship work agreement documents. Students must submit an internship application and work agreement before the closed class hold will be removed.

How many hours do I have to work during my internship?  Do the hours have to be completed all in one sport organization?

Undergraduate

  • SPTM 283 - Field Experience in Sport and Physical Activity - Students must complete 20-hours
  • SPTM 302 - Practicum in Recreational Sports - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours
  • SPTM 303 - Practicum in Intercollegiate Athletics - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours 
  • SPTM 305 - Practicum in Sport Management - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours
  • SPTM 498 - Internship in Sport Management - Students must complete a minimum of 450-hours, they complete the internship with more than one sport organization to complete the 450 hours

Graduate

  • SPTM 698 - Internship in Sport Management - Graduate students must complete a minimum of 450 hours for MS in Sport Management.  Students may complete the internship with more than one sport organization to complete the 450 hours.

Internship Opportunities


Graduate Assistantships

Intercollegiate Athletics

Recreational Sports

Professional Sports

Youth Sports

Media

Health and Fitness

Sport Facilities

Event Management

Sporting Goods

Other

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