The practicum, SPTE 295, the first of two internship experiences that are required, occurs once all pre-professional courses have been completed (typically at the end of your sophomore year). During the practicum, you will use your pre-professional level coursework to its fullest advantage and begin to establish or build on a network of professional contacts within the sport and entertainment industries. The practicum is a "total immersion experience" lasting a minimum of thirteen weeks and a minimum of 520 hours. Your practicum may be taken during the spring, summer or fall semesters depending on the cycle of business for the respective portion of the industry that you would like to work in after graduation.
Although you will learn to apply networking skills constantly throughout your Sport and Entertainment Management experience, the practicum and internship experiences afford you an opportunity to apply these skills for extended periods in challenging, real world settings in time to help with career choices prior to graduation. Based on your experiences during the practicum, you may either continue toward the same career goals or modify them as a result of what you have learned from your exposure to the industry. Your choice of electives in your junior and senior years at Carolina should also be based on the input you receive from your industry mentor during your practicum.
The SPTE 495 internship is a six (6) hour course of study and is the capstone experience for our undergraduate program. The internship is taken after all other degree requirements have been satisfied. For both SPTE 295 and SPTE 495, the course instructor, along with an on-site supervisor, will interact with you on a regular basis to assess your progress; each course requires tuition for six credit hours.
Examples of past student practicums and internships include AEG Live, All In Entertainment, the Atlanta Falcons, CNN Sports, the Carolina Panthers, Comcast-Spectacor, ESPN, Feld Entertainment, Live Nation, MSG Entertainment, the New Orleans Super Dome, the New York Knicks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ticketmaster, the Gamecock Club, USC Athletics, and the Washington Redskins.