Internship Characteristics, Critical Events, and Intent to Enter the Vocation

in Sport Management Education Journal
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The senior internship is a critical developmental experience for sport management students transitioning into their careers. Despite the internship’s role as a career development tool, previous research has suggested that the experience may deter students from continuing to pursue a career in the sports industry (Cunningham, Sagas, Dixon, Turner, & Kent, 2005). The present study uses decision-making theory and a longitudinal approach to improve on previous efforts to examine changes in students’ affective commitment to the vocation and intent to pursue a career in the vocation as a result of the internship experience. Results of the structural model show that challenge, supervisor support, and role conflict significantly influence students’ career decision making.

Odio is with the School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Kerwin is with the Dept. of Sport Management, Brock University, St. Catherines, ONT, Canada.

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