Internships are a required component of both the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs at ESU.
Internships are designed to be full-time fieldwork experiences and ideally completed at the end of coursework.
Internships provide students the opportunity to apply classroom concepts and theory to a work setting.
Undergraduate students complete a 12-credit (540 contact hours) internship, while graduate students complete a minimum of 7 credit hours (315 contact hours).
Internship sites are researched and chosen by the student with faculty guidance.
During the internship experience, students are supervised by both an on-site supervisor and a faculty member in the department.
Course Catalog Descriptions of Internships
Undergraduate Students: SMGT 486 Field Experiences and Internships (12.0: Semester hours arranged). Requirements for Approval: All internship sites must be approved by the department faculty.
Each application for an internship must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the experience, the director/supervisor of the site where the internship will be done, and the department chair.
Before application is made, students must meet the following requirements:
- Have faculty recommendation based on qualities essential for success in the assigned environment.
- Have successfully completed at least 90 semester hours of credit.
- Have no incomplete grades in required courses.
- Have a minimum average of 2.5 GPA overall and in the major (applies to students entering the major after January 1, 2010).
- Application deadlines are:
- October 15 for spring semester internships
- March 15 for fall and summer internships
Graduate Students: SMGT 586 Field Experience and Internship (Semester hours arranged)
This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience with a public or private organization in some related aspect of sport management.
Students will coordinate their course work acquired at East Stroudsburg University with specific field experience.
This program will be supervised by a member of the Sport Management Department. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.
Why should I do an internship?
- Gain practical skills specific to your career path
- Learn by doing & learn more about individual areas of interest and personal strengths
- Receive guidance from practitioners and faculty
- An in-depth, intense learning setting
- Opportunity to observe professionals' work behaviors as a student develops professionally
- Integrate concepts and theories at a work site
- Experience the sport industry first-hand
- Possible job offer
- Reference from supervisor
Where do I do an internship?
Students are encouraged to complete their internships anywhere they will receive good supervision that will enable them to develop excellent entry-level skills for the work force.
While many students choose internships in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia area, there is no geographic limitation placed on students by the faculty.
Faculty will have on-going contact with an internship supervisor. Listed below is a small sampling of internship sites where students have been placed:
- Madison Square Garden, New York City
- Comcast Spectacor/Wachovia Complex, Phila.
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Philadelphia Force
- Philadelphia 76ers
- New York Jets
- New York Knicks
- New York Rangers
- New York Red Bulls
- New Jersey Devils
- New Jersey Pride
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins (PA)
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (PA)
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Major League Baseball
- USOC - Various NGBs
- East Stroudsburg School District
- New Jersey Jackals
- Lakewood Blueclaws (NJ)
- Newark Bears (NJ)
- Somerset Patriots (NJ)
- Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PA)
- Lehigh Valley Catz
- Rutgers University
- Lehigh University
- Moravian College
- Muhlenberg College
- Disney Wide World of Sports