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Undergraduate Internship Program

As part of the curriculum at the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), all undergraduate students are required to complete two internships prior to graduating. The first internship, Internship I is a minimum of 180 hours over the course of a semester. The second internship, Internship II is a minimum of 600 hours over the course of a semester.

The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) coordinates the internship program for undergraduate students. Those interested in completing an internship must be academically approved by the CSPD prior to applying for internships in order to receive academic credit.

This internship process begins the semester prior to when a student anticipates completing their internship.

Internship Programs

Internship I — 3 Credits

Internship I – STHM 3185 is to be completed once a student has met certain eligibility requirements as defined by CSPD during their junior year. Internship I is meant to expose students to the industry and give them further knowledge about their direction in their chosen career path.

Internship I is a minimum of 180 hours over the course of one semester (15 weeks fall/spring semesters; 12 weeks summer semester) and worth 3 academic credits.

Internship I Requirements:

  • Attend an Internship I Information Session
  • Complete the Undergraduate Professional Development Workshop Series
  • 60+ credits by the start of the semester when the internship is completed
  • All 1000 and 2000 level STHM courses completed
  • Completion of Foundations of Leisure
  • Completion of Sport and Society or Business of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Completion of Excel for Business Applications
  • Completion of Organizational Strategy in Sport and Recreation or Global Issues in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Completion of Leisure and Tourism for a Diverse Society

Please note: If a student is on an academic status [warning/probation] is on a third attempt of an STHM requirement or has a cumulative grade point average below 2.30, a student’s CSPD approval will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Internship II — 12 Credits

Internship II – STHM4185 is the final culminating experience and academic requirement an STHM student has prior to graduating. Students will select an internship that reflects their future career interests. Internship II is a minimum of 600 hours over the course of 15 weeks during the fall/spring semesters or 480 hours over the course of 12 weeks during the summer semester.

Internship II Eligibility

  • Students must have a good academic standing with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.
  • All Incomplete (I) and Missing Grades (MG) on your Academic History must be eliminated prior to the end of the semester before Internship II.
  • No other classes can be taken with or after Internship II. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the STHM Dean’s Office in consultation with the CSPD and STHM’s Center for Student Services.

Internship Approval — CIE Resource Canvas

Are you a current student looking to complete STHM3185 – Internship I? Make sure you are enrolled in the STHM Center for Industry Engagement Canvas site. All internship details and approval documentation will be located under the Internship Information Section of the Canvas site.

The CSPD Resource Canvas is your central place to get important information related to your professional development including:

  • Industry-related hour information
  • The most up-to-date information and forms for Internship I and II (STHM3185 or STHM4185)
  • Guidance for developing a stand-out resume
  • Tips on how to prepare and ace your next interview

Contact Us

To learn more about the undergraduate internship program or if you have any questions, contact us today.

Center for Industry Engagement
Speakman Hall – Suite 111
1810 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8145
Fax: 215-204-8705