Interim Internship – SMGT 399

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A SMGT directed elective that will consist of supervised work experience approved in advance by the professor in a sport administration and/or management cognate (administration, aquatics, promotion, marketing, directing, fitness).  Application procedures processed through the Sport Management Department Faculty Internship Advisor (FIA).  

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Many employers utilize the Interim Internship experience (200 hours) as a means of observing and hiring their future employees. By successfully completing an Interim Internship in the sport and position of your choosing, you enhance significantly your marketability and appeal as a prospective employee. Professionalism, initiative, reliability, and responsibility will always be in demand. An interim internship presents the opportunity to establish a reputation for these qualities. Students need to plan ahead financially as well as academically. While there are various internships that provide a salary or hourly wage, there are also many excellent opportunities that provide no compensation whatsoever. Interim Internships need to be considered on the merits and opportunities of potential learning experiences and career advancement. The skills learned, contacts, and references made should be the prime consideration in the selection of an internship. For these reasons, financial planning is very important before a student completes an interim internship.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the organizational structure of the business/organization. (Knowledge)
  2. Describe the effective and ineffective mechanisms of organizational communication at your site. (Knowledge)
  3. Describe how your experience is or is not meeting your expectation. (Knowledge)
  4. Discuss how your classroom learning applies to your internship. (Knowledge/Skills)
  5. Apply a Christian worldview to the business principles utilized in sport management internship site. (Values)
  6. Imagine you are a manager within your organization. Propose some change that would increase efficiency and working conditions or boost employee morale. (Skills/Knowledge)

Course Assignment

Videos and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words.

Organizational Analysis Paper

This student will complete an inclusive paper discussing various components of the organization including individuals with whom the student worked and duties completed. All work must follow the APA formatting guidelines (Times New Roman, 12 font, double spaced, include a title page, level headings and reference page, minimum of seven (7 pages). Do not include an abstract.

Quiz: Log Sheet and Journal (13)

The student will document weekly hours on the log sheet and submit an updated log sheet. In addition, the student will describe all duties performed and provide feedback regarding the responsibilities for that week. The student must earn a minimum of 200 hours in order to successfully complete the course.

Internship Evaluations

Quiz: Mid-Term Evaluation

The supervisor will evaluate the intern’s performance using the evaluation form. Both signatures are required before submitting the form.

Quiz: Final Evaluation

The student will describe his/her interim internship experience on the top section of the evaluation form, and the supervisor will evaluate the intern’s performance using the lower section of the evaluation form. Both signatures are required needed before submitting the form.