Experiential Learning in Sport Management: Internships and Beyond

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In this new and informative title in FiT's Sport Management Library, authors Susan Brown Foster and John E. Dollar have combined their 40 plus years of teaching and internship supervision experience into one textbook that includes something for all students, undergraduate and graduate. Experiential Learning in Sport Management: Internships and Beyond offers a wealth of information for those desiring to enter the captivating business world of sport as well as experiential learning ideas for professors within sport management programs. Experiential Learning in Sport Management is a walkthrough of:

  • more than 30 Time-Out Interviews that display career paths of industry professionals and provide tips and ideas for students and professors;
  • classroom teaching ideas provided by sport management professors from across the country;
  • the entire process of financing, preparing for, and securing internship opportunities including résumé writing; and
  • how to transition into a career immediately upon graduation.

Two other unique features of the book include:

  • the final chapter that focuses on the graduate student and those preparing to enter a teaching career in sport management at any level, and
  • its content and set-up that allows an institution to use it as a text for a variety of courses.
    • It can be used as a text for an Introduction to Sport Management course or to complement an existing text.
    • It can be used for a practicum, internship, or pre-internship course to assist students in understanding and preparing for their entry into the sport business industry

So, whether you’re a student or someone looking for a second career, this handbook is the new standard to assist anyone in finding the right track to success. Designed for those interested in all types of hands-on learning opportunities, this is the first book of its kind to focus on how getting into the industry really begins the first day someone steps onto a college campus! Foster and Dollar round out the book by comprehensively exploring the varying industries of Olympic and amateur sport, professional sport, and entrepreneurial careers.

There are also online materials for faculty to complement the text and to establish a comprehensive internship program. Faculty who adopt the book for classroom use have access to sample evaluation forms, institutional paperwork, student program manual suggested content, and much more!

View an extended version of the book's Table of Contents here.

 

Contents

Dedications  •  vii Foreword  •  ix Preface  •  xiii

Chapter 1    •   Introduction to Experiential Learning.................. 1

Chapter 2    •   Selecting the Academic Program to Reach Professional Goals................................ 33

Chapter 3    •   Sport Business Industry Overview: Professional Sport.............................................. 43

Chapter 4    •   Sport Business Industry Overview: Olympic and Amateur Sport.............................. 71

Chapter 5    •   Sport Business Industry Overview: Support and Entrepreneurial Careers.................. 95

Chapter 6    •   Preparing for the Internship............................. 111

Chapter 7    •   Selecting the Appropriate Internship............... 129

Chapter 8    •   Networking: Establishing Internship Relationships................................................... 163

Chapter 9    •   Ending an Internship and Starting a New Position................................... 175

Chapter 10 •  Just for the Graduate Student.......................... 195

References  •  221

Appendix A •  Internship/Employment Websites.................... 229

Appendix B •  Sample Chronological and Functional Résumés.................................. 233

Appendix C •  Sample Interview Questions (by Industry Segments)................................... 237

Appendix D •  Recommended Readings................................. 255

Index  •  259

About the Authors  •  x

 

 

Testimonials
"I passed around this new book in my senior level Sport Economics class. These are students who will be in my Capstone course in the Spring Semester. I asked the students to thumb through the book, then write down comments as to how this text might help them in the future. Based on these [and other] comments I will be adopting your text for my Capstone course next term."
–Dr. Dennis Bechtol, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Sport & Entertainment Management, Northwood University - Florida Campus - West Palm Beach
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A few Comments from Dr. Bechtol's Students:
"This book is useful for students who are exploring the different avenues that they may want to go down in the future. It gives information on how to obtain jobs, internships, graduate studies and starting your own business."
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"This book can be very helpful in looking for a career or internship. The sample interview questions are an awesome tool to prepare you as well as the list of websites to find an internship or job."
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"This book . . . has information on what you can do to get a job in [the] sport business. [The] author gives inside tips to getting your foot in the door."
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"This book would be very useful because it provides the steps and information needed to obtain a career in the sport industry."
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From the Foreword
“I encourage you to read ExperientialLearning in Sport Management: Internships and Beyond and prepare to not only serve in the industry, but, most importantly, to be prepared to learn how to suit up and make the team through the exciting and rewarding experiential learning opportunities outlined in this book, including full-time internships.”

-Buffy G. Filippel, President of teamworkonline.com and Teamwork Consulting, Inc.