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Course : Internship in Recreation & Leisure Services

Course Number
KNES 4973
Section Number
Summer I 2023
Bridwell Hall,
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description

A structured learning experience designed for students to observe and work with professionals in the field. Students will demonstrate leadership, management, and organizational skills while developing professional contacts and practical experiences beneficial for employment and career advancement after graduation.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will acquire, synthesize, evaluate, and use the information gathered to make sound administrative decisions.
  2. Students will gain knowledge of effective administrative, budgeting, and marketing practices in the recreational and leisure service field.
  3. Students will gain knowledge and experience in planning, organizing, and managing special events in leisure, recreation, or sport venues.
  4. Students will gain knowledge about the professional opportunities available through sport and leisure services.
  5. Students will create, show, and/or display evidence of their knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies relative to the areas of leadership style, program planning and implementation, budget management and generation of revenue, equipment purchasing, maintenance and inventory, marketing, advertising, and public relations, supervision of personnel and interpersonal relationship, supervision & maintenance of facilities, and risk management.
  6. On-site visits from the faculty supervisor will occur at least once during the internship experience.

Course Requirements

Attend any set class meetings or make acceptable arrangements with the instructor if out of the region or state for each meeting.

Complete a 160-hour approved internship experience.

Complete all associated assignments (*note the first three assignments must be completed and turned in by the date due, or the student will be dropped from the class until the forms are received).


*Student Expectation Form, *Information Form, *Learning Plan, Evidence of Task Completion, Weekly Internship Logs, Professional Interview, Resume, Analysis Paper of Internship Experience, Completion of online assignments, Personal experience and application of theory from previous course work. Reflection Paper of experience, Self-Evaluation, Internship Checklist and Evaluations from the Site and Faculty supervisors.

Virtual Class Meetings/Times

June 8 @ 10:30PM

June 22 @ 3:30PM

July 9 @ 7:00PM

July 27 @ 7:00PM

Course Expectations

It is expected that students represent the University in a professional manner during the internship experience. Any actions or behaviors deemed inappropriate by the on-site or faculty supervisor may result in the dismissal of the student from the internship experience.

Any misrepresentation of the intern’s duties, responsibilities, and hours completed or other actions and behaviors regarded as academic dishonesty will result in the dismissal of the student from the internship experience.

Dismissal from the internship experience will result in a final grade of F for this course. Failure to complete and submit any assignment required (internship log, and final site supervisor evaluation) in this course will also result in a final grade of F.



1.  Students must complete projects in the area of development and planning of classes, programs and/or events.

2.  Students must turn in one required outcome per week, if one is not assigned by the faculty supervisor it is expected that the student will complete and report on a task assigned by the on-site supervisor for that week.

3.  Students must compile and submit a portfolio of completed coursework that provides evidence of their ability to undertake and complete common administrative tasks required of entry level professionals in sport, recreation, and leisure services.

4. Students will be able to develop a building use or staff schedule, program budget, and organization marketing piece that is generally used in the field.

5.  Students will assist with the organization, set-up, and management of one special event during the semester.

6.  Students will perform interviews with professionals in the field of sport and leisure services to gain information on career options and opportunities after graduation.


Students are expected to be at their individual sites for a minimum of 10 hours each week. Students are able to work more hours each week but understand and accept that if they complete the required number of hours for the course prior to August 8th they must continue active working at their site until that date. Students should strive to attend two (2) or more set virtual meetings of this course. in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies.

Assignment Deadlines

All assignments will be due by 11:30 PM on the day they are due via D2L. All written work/assignments, unless otherwise noted must be typed in 11 or 12-point font and follow APA 7th edition formatting in a Microsoft Word Document. APA 7th edition formatting applies to all written work submitted and deductions will be taken for incorrect spelling, grammar, citations, and references. See each individual assignment for more detail. Discussion posts/Flips are to emulate face-to-face discussion and thus will not be required to follow APA formatting. Any assignment not pre-approved by the instructor to be submitted late WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR GRADED due to the time constraints of this summer course.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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