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Course : Internship in Recreation, Leisure or Sport

Course Number
Section Number
4973 X10
Spring 2022
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, accumulate practical experiences and knowledge beneficial for employment and career advancement.

Required Technology Skills

All students must have internet access and be able to: send and receive an e-mail, create, send and receive Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint documents; use Google documents, sites & slides, use Desire 2 Learn portal through MSUTexas portal, download/use Flip Grid and ZOOM Meeting platform for class assignments/meetings & presentations, post to discussion boards, appropriately use internet links and websites such as Google Docs, Sites, Slides, etc.

Taking an online class requires you to have access to a computer (with Internet access) to complete and upload your assignments. It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer in this class. Assignments and tests are due by the due date, and personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered a reason for the instructor to allow students extra time to submit assignments, tests, or discussion postings. Computers are available on campus in various areas of the buildings as well as the Academic Success Center. Your computer being down is not an excuse for missing a deadline!! There are many places to access your class! Our online classes can be accessed from any computer in the world which is connected to the internet. Contact your instructor immediately upon having computer trouble If you have technical difficulties in the course, there is also a student helpdesk available to you. The college cannot work directly on student computers due to both liability and resource limitations however they are able to help you get connected to our online services. For help, log into D2L.


Communication Policies

Students are highly encouraged to communicate with each other over the course of the semester. Sharing experiences and information is common in the sport and leisure industry so this course welcomes conversation. If there are issues with a site or supervisor it is imperative for the student to contact the instructor immediately so that it may be addressed as soon as possible. Not taking action early can inhibit a student’s overall experience at the facility/organization and/or with the site supervisor. If necessary, the instructor will contact/work with the site supervisor/student to find a quality solution.

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 supervisor or the 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 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.

3. Students will be able to develop a building use schedule, staff scheduling, program budget, and marketing pieces that are generally used in the field.

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

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

Virtual Class Meetings/Times

January 17 @ 7:00PM

February 7 @ 8:00PM

February 28 @ 12:00PM

March 21 @ 7:00PM

April 11 @ 7:00 PM


Assignment Deadlines

All assignments will be due by 11:00 PM on the day they are due via D2L. All assignments, unless otherwise noted must be typed in 11or 12 point font. All discussion posts and research papers must be developed using APA 7th edition formatting. Any assignment not pre-approved by the instructor to be submitted late WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR GRADED.


All written work must be typed and submitted through D2L unless otherwise stated by the instructor. All work should be done in Times New Roman or Aerial 11 or 12 point font. 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.

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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