Table 1.

Criteria of good and poor practice when establishing a sport science internship

Good PracticePoor Practice
Appropriately qualified supervisor: when possible, staff/practitioner supervising will have had previous experience as both an intern themselves and/or as a supervisorLack of adequate pay when organization is seeking higher level intern (i.e., those with undergraduate degrees and professional qualifications)
Expenses provided when student is classified as a volunteerLack of supervision from both the sporting organization and university
Opportunity to undertake continuing professional development (CPD), e.g., training courses, workshops, conferencesProvision of medial tasks (e.g., data entry) without having additional experience of disseminating information and working with coaches/athletes
Fair recruitment and selection programPoor safeguarding practice, e.g., bullying, peer pressure, gender discrimination
Roles and responsibilities of the internship clearly identifiedDemanding excessive working hours outside of agreed workload for the intern
Employer documentation (e.g., health and safety, Disclosure and Barring Service) completed before commencement of internshipLack of progression in complexity of working tasks over time
Formal reflection and progression monitoring throughout the internshipLack of reference if student has performed well following internship period