This study’s main purpose was to extend the current understanding of sport management intern satisfaction by investigating how it is related to students’ perceived learning. Undergraduate students (n = 139) from 13 sport management programs in the United States completed the surveys while enrolled in their full-time, senior-level capstone internships. The study’s results show a positive, significant relationship between internship satisfaction and perceived learning in personal development and career development. Further, satisfaction with duties at the internship worksite predicted perceived learning in both personal and career development; satisfaction with academic elements of the internship also predicted perceived learning in career development. Interns who engaged in more internships prior to the capstone internship experience had higher levels of satisfaction with their job duties in their capstone internship than students with fewer numbers of early internships. These findings are examined with respect to Kolb’s experiential learning theory and practical implications are outlined.
Molly Hayes Sauder and Michael Mudrick
Molly Hayes Sauder, Michael Mudrick and Jaime R. DeLuca
Male undergraduate sport management majors substantially outnumber females, suggesting that the path to a career in the sport industry is male dominated and gender stereotypes may exist. Simultaneously, there is a dearth of research on females’ experiences while enrolled in higher education and within sport management career development. Through qualitative focus groups conducted at two institutions with female sport management majors, this research sought to understand the barriers and sources of support that female students perceive while engaged in this academic discipline. The authors identified four themes—otherness, roles and credibility, prior experiences, and people of influence—all of which help illuminate the lived experience of gender bias among women in the sport management major and generate suggestions for the creation of more inclusive environments that foster persistence.