All students will complete their practicum after the fulfillment of the pre-professional
requirements listed in the HRSM academic bulletin. Typically, the practicum is completed the summer after the student's freshman year.
Usually, students complete the internship during their last summer semester at USC
after all or most of their coursework has been completed.
The practicum and internship are meant to be a full-time position if taken during
the summer. If a student wishes to enroll in other courses during the summer they
are enrolled in the practicum/internship, the student is only allowed to take one
Maymester course, one Summer 1 course, and 1 Summer 2 course in conjunction with the
practicum / internship. If a student must take the practicum or internship during
the spring or fall semester, students can expect to work approximately 25 hours per
week and may only take up to three other courses while enrolled in the practicum or
Athletes will need to plan their practicum and internship around their sport. They
are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor and internship director to lay
out a plan of action to fulfill the requirements of an HRTM degree.
The intern is under the jurisdiction and supervision of the business where he / she
is interning and is expected to adhere to all rules and regulations of the supervising
organization. A student who is terminated for cause by the hosting organization may
receive an "F" for the class and be required to take it again before moving forward
toward their degree.
The student's supervisor will be requested to perform a performance evaluation mid-way
through the semester and at the end of the semester. Supervisors may notify the internship
director at any time with comments or concerns of quality of the intern's work. Occasionally,
the internship director will perform a site visitation sometime during the semester
of the internship.
All interns are encouraged to keep a daily log of activities including a record of
the hours spent on various projects. These activities will aid the student during
their assignments throughout the semester. It is recommended that the interns journal
about their experiences at the internship location— good and bad. The interns should
also journal about challenges they have faced, how they overcome the challenges, behavior
they notice in the workplace, etc.
Upon completion of the program, the intern will submit a final report based on the
requirements listed in the class syllabus, and may be asked to speak on their experiences
to potential intern candidates in the department.