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CSSE Internships

The internship component of the CSSE concentration provides students with practical experience in a professional athletic or educational setting. Students work 10 hours per week over the course of the semester, typically in one of the following settings:

  • UC Berkeley's Athletic Study Center, as an academic advisor or graduate tutor for student athletes
  • UC Berkeley's intercollegiate athletics department, as an administrative or marketing intern
  • Undergraduate education course, as a teaching assistant
  • Research group, as a graduate student research assistant
  • High school, as a teacher's assistant
  • Sports program at the secondary or intercollegiate level, as a coach or graduate assistant

During the internship, students will keep a log of their activities and regularly meet with the CSSE internship coordinator to assess their performance. Students will also submit a final report, in which they reflect on the opportunity to complement their theoretical education with practical experience. Three units of academic credit will be awarded for successfully completing this component of the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education master's degree program. Details of select internship opportunities are below.

Athletic Study Center Advising
The Athletic Study Center (ASC) advising staff helps students understand and comply with university policies and NCAA regulations choose appropriate courses and major areas of study, develop time management skills, and resolve personal issues unique to student athletes. In addition, academic advisors monitor the completion of breadth requirements and progress towards a degree, suggest enrichment opportunities, explain academic services and procedures, and as graduation nears, assist in planning for graduate school or investigating career options.

The goal of an internship with the ASC is to provide students in the CSSE program with an experience that will benefit their career goals for entering the field of academic support services. The experience will include opportunities to be supervised by a full-time academic advisor, work directly with student athletes, manage the ASC Student Athlete Database, attend staff meetings, learn NCAA rules and regulations, monitor the academic progress of student athletes, advise them on their class schedules, and assist with special projects.

Athletic Study Center Tutorial Support
The ASC's tutorial program provides academic support to all students participating in UC Berkeley's intercollegiate athletics program. The aim of the tutorial program is to promote and enhance the academic competence, confidence, and independence of student athletes by offering individual and drop-in tutoring sessions, study groups, workshops, adjunct courses, and special programs. In providing these services, the Athletic Study Center works closely with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as well as other academic support units on campus, e.g., the Student Learning Center, the Disabled Students Program, academic centers in the residence halls, the Graduate School of Education, and other academic departments on campus. The experience as an ASC tutor includes opportunities to be supervised by a tutorial coordinator or a professional learning specialist, work directly with tutors and student athletes, learn about university and NCAA tutorial policies and procedures, become familiar with learning theories, study strategies, and tools of evaluation. 

Athletic administration (UC Berkeley Athletic Department)
The goal of this internship is to expose students to the demands of an NCAA Division I athletic department and to enable them with the skills required for athletic administration. Students will have the opportunity to attend department meetings, evaluate athletic program budgets, help plan and execute Pac 12 division and NCAA-level competitions, and learn about NCAA rules, regulations, and compliance.

Apprentice teaching at the collegiate level
This internship experience allows students to serve as teaching assistants for EDUC 75AC, an undergraduate course about sociology of sport offered through the Education Department, and is well-suited for those who seek careers as instructors at the community college and university level. The course description for EDUC 75AC is as follows:

The American phenomenon of intercollegiate athletics provides an avenue to critically examine larger socio-cultural issues at play in the meanings surrounding sport in higher education. From the first intercollegiate competition at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire in 1852, to the bowl celebrations of college football and the March Madness of college basketball, sport in higher education has both mirrored and contributed to the evolution of the American university. Accordingly, this course melds subjective experiences with objective critical analysis to examine the evolution of the amateur athlete in the 19th century and the subsequent commercialization of sports within the 20th century. The role that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has played in the construction of intercollegiate athletics, and the media's portrayal of the typical "student athlete" will also be addressed. Within this framework, the multiple and often conflicting identities of individual participants will be explored. Particular areas of focus will be on the categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they relate to sport in higher education.

Graduate students serving as teaching assistants will have the opportunity to be supervised by the course instructor and head Graduate Student Instructor for EDUC 52 and EDUC 75AC, plan and teach class sessions, facilitate small group discussions, meet individually with undergraduate students during hold office hours, respond to student written assignments, and grade exams. Second-year MA students may also serve as graduate assistants in EDUC 257 and EDUC 294, providing more advanced perspectives within the CSSE graduate experience. 

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Other internship opportunities are available, including coaching, teaching, and program management of education and athletic programs at a local middle school, high school, community college, or university. Students in the Cultural Studies of Sport and Education program may also join research groups led by GSE faculty and doctoral students. Research group interns assist in the collection and analysis of data, conduct literature reviews, and edit and potentially co-publish academic manuscripts. For students who seek a career in academia, this provides a useful opportunity to bolster their resume to Ph.D. programs.

Additional hours worked beyond the internship requirement of 10 hours per week can be paid. Any such arrangements must be approved by CSSE internship coordinator and program advisor. Work opportunities cannot be substituted for the internship, and academic credit will not be given for hours that a student was paid to work.