Female Students’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment in the Sport Management Internship Setting

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  • 1 The University of Tennessee
  • | 2 Temple University
  • | 3 Beech High School
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Internships provide professional preparation for aspiring sport management professionals, because they allow for professional and personal growth, as well as for being exposed to a professional work environment. Unfortunately, part of the exposure to a professional work environment also means being subjected to its negative aspects, which include sexual harassment. The purpose of this study was to examine the sexual harassment experiences of female students in a sport management internship setting. Nearly 66% of the respondents had experienced some type of sexual harassment while completing an internship. Internship satisfaction was lower for those who had experienced sexual harassment, but experiencing sexual harassment had no impact on their intent to enter the sport management profession. Sport management educators, as well as internship supervisors, must work together to create a safe and professional environment for female students.

Hardin is with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. Taylor is with Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Sleadd is with Beech High School, Hendersonville, TN, USA.

Hardin (robh@utk.edu) is corresponding author.
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