Guide to Internship Program

The Club Manager’s Guide to Developing a Club Internship Program

An intern is a student or recent graduate who works as an apprentice or trainee to gain practical experience in an occupation. Most hospitality and recreational sports-related schools and university programs require students to complete internships (often referred to as externships or co-operative programs) as part of their graduation requirements. This practical experience helps students better grasp classroom theories.

The goal of a quality internship should be to provide a valuable education and hands-on background through a supervised work experience. As a club manager, it is your responsibility to provide not only work experience but also an education during your intern’s tenure with your club. The purpose of this publication is to assist you in designing an internship program that will benefit you, your club and, most importantly, the intern.

CMAA would like to acknowledge CMAA members Paula L. Frechette, CCM, and Nicholas J. Smith, CCM, for their assistance in developing “The Club Manager’s Guide to Developing a Club Internship Program.”