Practicum Positions and Internships

Recreation and Wellness is committed to student growth and development by providing opportunities through which students gain practical experiences that are outside the realm of regular student jobs.

Position descriptions are continuously reviewed and developed in order to meet the needs of students and the department. Recreation and Wellness recruit students in many areas of study including tourism, leisure, and event planning, sport management, marketing, and journalism, business, health promotion, and other majors. All students participating in a practicum or internship during the fall and spring semesters are invited to participate in the Recreation and Wellness Student Development and Leadership program. Staff members work with each student to ensure academic requirements are addressed. Students with a particular project or experiential need that may be met by the department, beyond what is included in the posted descriptions, are asked to contact the programmer of interest to discuss details.

Practicum Positions and Regular Internships

Practicum positions, titled “internships” for some academic areas, are designed for both graduate and undergraduate students attending BGSU. Students have the ability to receive academic credit for these experiences. Positions typically average 120 contact hours per semester. Practicum positions and regular internships are unpaid unless otherwise noted.

Practicum Descriptions
Area
Application Link
Staff Contact/E-mail
Phone
Wellness Connection
Online Form
Faith DeNardo 419.372.9351
Fitness/Wellness
Online Form Karyn Smith 419.372.9309
Marketing
Online Form
Lona Leck
419.372.7235
SRC Informal Rec/Facilities Online Form Dave Hollinger
419.372.7477
PFH Event Planning/Facility Operations Online Form
Scott Sehmann
419.372.8343
Intramurals - Sport Clubs
Online Form
Ethan Engel
419.372.8343
Outdoor Program Online Form Outdoor Program   419.372.2146

 

Professional/Full-Time Internships

Professional/full-time internships are designed for students who attend schools other than BGSU. Students have the ability for receive academic credit for internship experiences. Professional/full-time internships typically require 40 contact hours per week. These interns receive on-campus housing (generally summer only) and a stipend to help defray food expenses. Positions are available until filled.

Internship Descriptions

Internships are generally offered only in the summer and are an enhanced 40 hour "professional" experience including a food stipend and housing option. These positions are competitive and recruitment is ongoing. Inquire with the staff listed below if interested in fall or spring internships.

Area
Application Link
Staff Contact/E-mail
Phone
Aquatics
Online Form
Jeff Blumenthal 419.372.7482
Forrest Creason Golf Course
Online Form Kurt Thomas 419.372.1238
Marketing( Writer, Historian, Social Media)
Online Form
Lona Leck
419.372.7235
Perry Field House
Online Form Scott Sehmann 419.372.8343
SRC Informal Recreation/Facilities
Online Form
Dave Hollinger 419.372.7477
Intramurals - Sport Clubs
Online Form
Ethan Engel 419.372.8343
Outdoor Program Online Form Outdoor Program   419.372.2146
Fitness/Wellness
Online Form Karyn Smith 419.372.9309
Wellness Connection
Online Form Faith DeNardo 419.372.9351

 

Practicum and Intern Testimonials

I just wanted to say thank you once again for all of your guidance during my time as a practicum student. I am happy to report that I am a Wellness/Program Director at a YMCA in my hometown. I was an intern there over the summer and they were so impressed that they decided to keep me! J I owe a lot of that to you! During my time as a practicum student, you taught me how to develop/run programs, how to be a good fitness instructor, and many other skills that I then utilized at my internship. So thank you, thank you, thank you!
Katey Headley ~ Spring 2014

"Interning at my Alma Mater was something I was looking forward to, and actually having the opportunity to work with the Department of Recreation and Wellness allowed me to challenge myself to live better physically, mentally, and professionally. Recreation and Wellness gave me tools to improve myself as a person first and a professional second, and because of that I am forever grateful!" Bernard Little ~ Fall 2008


"BGSU has taught me how to grow as a leader; I lead a staff of 30 student employees and learned every aspect of being a manager. My experience at Bowling Green State University was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I would recommend to any student interested in a career in campus recreation to join the BGSU Recreation and Wellness team."  Matthew Alan Lacy ~ Summer 2008