The problem that I have with sport management internships is the fact that it is not an equal opportunity for all students.
|I wonder the same thing....|
I am very fortunate to be able to have an internship because of the financial help of my parents. Student's opportunity to make money for the year comes in the summer. Students who do not have the financial support or need to generate income for the school year, CAN'T do internships for free. As I said earlier, internships are necessary for success in the industry. The students who can't afford to do an internship will not get the necessary experience to break into the industry. How is this fair? ..... ITS NOT.
I look around me and I have a lot of friends who have paid internships in their field of study. They make $15 to $20 an hour and are enjoying life while gaining valuable experience. I am not asking for that much money... I am simply saying that internships need to provide minimum wage like all other jobs in this country. I could write for days about my disappointment in the sport industry and how they take advantage of the supply of potential interns, but I will hold back.
The sport industry is VERY competitive. Teams and organizations can get their employees to work for close to nothing (or nothing at all). In the laws of economics the sport industry is doing the right thing. They have a large demand for their jobs and they have an almost unlimited supply of employees to choose from. Although the sport industry follows the laws of economics, they do not follow any code of morality. Morality may not be important to the sport organizations, but it should be. Then again.... the Philadelphia 76ers do not care what Drew Rosen thinks, but I hope you do.