recreation and sport management. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, where he was also
a faculty member and Internship Coordinator. He has published extensively and is co-author of the
Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services textbook. His research interests
include the role of recreation in higher education and leisure behaviour of college students.
Craig Ross is Associate Professor in the Indiana University Department of Recreation and Park
Administration, where he earned his Doctorate in Recreation and has been on the faculty at since
1993. He co-authored Recreational Sports Management (3
ed.) and Mastering the Job Search
Process in Recreation and Leisure Services texts. His research interests include recreation
internships, sport management and administration, computer technology, career planning and
Bryan Goodwin is the Assistant Facilities Director at Loyola University Chicago.
He previously worked
for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial
Recreation and Master’s degree in Sport Management from Illinois State University.
Vol. 7, No. 1.
A Comparison of Student and Practitioner
Perspectives of the Travel and Tourism Internship
Brent Beggs (
School of Kinesiology and Recreation, McCormick Hall
Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
Craig M. Ross (
School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Recreation, Park and
Tourism Studies Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Bryan Goodwin (
Department of Campus Recreation, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL, USA
Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in the perceptions of internships
between college students studying travel and tourism and practitioners in the field. Using a
web-based survey of 48 items, the study explored how students and practitioners differed in
their view regarding the role of the internship experience; the role of the internship agency,
the intern’s abilities; and factors in selecting an internship.
Using t-test analyses, the results of the study revealed that students and practitioners were in
disagreement on 13 of the 48 items in the survey and had significantly different perceptions
regarding intern skills, the role of the intern, responsibilities that interns should be given, and
factors to consider in selecting an internship.
This study examined these differences and
implications for practitioners in travel and tourism.