Oct 31 2010
Internship and Practicum Students Wanted for Recreation and Wellness
Are you looking for an on-campus internship or practicum for the spring semester? Look no further, Recreation and Wellness is now accepting applications for next semester from a wide variety of majors.
The internships and practicums are open to all majors including recreation and tourism, sport management, marketing and journalism.
“We base the jobs on what the academic credentials are of the student,” Lona Leck, Assistant Director of the Department of Recreation and Wellness, said.
Students can apply to the various departments within Recreation and Wellness including the Ice Arena, Intramurals and Sport Clubs, Youth and Family, advertising, Forrest Creason Golf Course, Perry Field House, Student Recreation Center and Wellness Connection.
Leck believes having interns and practicums within the department helps the staff and broadens the knowledge of the department overall.
“We want to get those new ideas from students,” Leck said. “You know what our programs are lacking more than we do.”
Leck also said the department sometimes gets lucky enough to find an intern or practicum student who they hire full-time.
Not only does interning or having a practicum with Recreation and Wellness benefit the department, but also the students.
“It’s a great experience to put on a resume,” Leck said.
Chris McDaniel, a senior Tourism and Event Planning major, interns with Recreation and Wellness and works on marketing in the Perry Field House. McDaniel said he feels he is gaining a lot of valuable knowledge that is going to help him in his future career.
Carolyn Deas, Senior Sports Management major also enjoys having her practicum at the with the Department of Recreation and Wellness.
“As a practicum student, you learn how to plan an event from the very beginning, from contract to execution,” Deas said. “And it’s rewarding to see it progress over time.”
Leck also said working with the department gives students a “taste of what the work in Recreation is really like.”
Students can only gain valuable resume-worthy experience and enjoy where they work.
We’re really laid back, but we get our work done,” Deas said. “But that doesn’t stop us from taking a few minutes out of our lunch break to fly a kite, which we’ve done.”
While there are multiple internship and practicum opportunities available within the department, students are encouraged to apply early for positions and not wait until the start of the semester.
Leck also recommends students follow the instructions on the web site.
“We’re most impressed with students who follow instructions,” Leck said.
For those interested in applying for a spring internship, follow the link to learn more about the positions offered and apply now. http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/recwell/page32775.html