Professional Golf Management Internships
One of the factors contributing to our program’s tremendous success in terms of post-graduation job placement has been the integration of 16 months of required internships into our curriculum. Most of our students complete three-month internships in the summer after their freshman and sophomore years, and then are on internship continuously from May of their junior year through until graduation in May of their senior year. We are able to offer this option thanks to a fully-online curriculum for the students’ senior year. Most of our students will either intern seasonally up north from May until October or November, and then head south for the winter months. Alternatively, some choose to go to a year-round temperate climate for their final year in our program. The integration of eleven consecutive months of internship into the final year of our program allows for a typically seamless transition from college to full-time employment for many of our graduates.
Since our first cohort of students began their freshman internships in 2006, our students have successfully completed internships literally all over the world. The full list of sites that have hosted Cal U of PA PGM student internships is too long to enumerate, but highlights include:
Private Facilities: Firestone Country Club (OH), Westchester Country Club (NY), East Hampton Golf Club (NY), Oakmont Country Club (PA), The Old Collier Club (FL), The Breakers Palm Beach (FL), Trump National Golf Club DC (VA), Trump National Doral (FL), The Ocean Reef Club (FL), Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club (FL), Crooked Stick Golf Club (IN), Congressional Country Club (MD), The Chevy Chase Club (MD), Kenwood Country Club (MD), Cattail Creek Country Club (MD), Belle Vernon Country Club (VA), The Country Club (MA), Mendham Country Club (NJ), Fox Chapel Golf Country Club (PA), Aronimink Golf Club, St. Clair Country Club, Friar’s Head (NY), and The Tuxedo Club (NY).
Public and Resort Facilities: The Broadmoor (CO), Bandon Dunes (OR), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (PA), Poppy Hills (CA), Wolf Creek (NV), The Promontory Club (UT), Lake of Isles (CT), Sea Island Golf Club (GA), and Harbourtowne Golf Resort (MD).
Military Golf Courses: Eisenhower AFB (CO) and Andrews AFB (MD)
Golf Teaching Academies: The Everybody Golf School (VA), The Golf Academy at Sea Pines Resort (SC), and The Chautauqua Club Learning Center.
Tournament Operations and Event Management: International Junior Golf Tour, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and Tri-State PGA.
Corporate: The Acushnet Company (Titleist), Callaway Golf, Taylor Made/ Adidas Golf, and Golf Galaxy.
Nonprofit: The First Tee of Pittsburgh and The Bhutan Youth Golf Association
International: Golf courses in Brazil, the Philippines, and Canada.
As you can see, the possibilities for internships are almost endless. The faculty in Cal U’s PGM program seek to work with each individual student to finalize internships appropriate to their interests, goals and level of experience . The process of finding and securing a PGM internship is a collaborative one at Cal U. We as faculty do not “assign” students to internships or tell them where to go, nor do we expect students to find internships completely on their own. Students are expected to meet with the faculty each fall and to provide the faculty with their top choices for internship, or a particular type of golf facility or location of interest to them. The faculty will then help to facilitate initial contact with the facilities and to finalize the paperwork for the internship to count for academic credit.
Internship Information for Employers
Internship Information for Employers
Are you a golf facility or other golf-industry business interested in hiring Cal U PGM interns? Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions we receive from potential employers.
When are your students available to work for me?
Typically, our freshmen and sophomores are available for three-month internships from mid-May through mid-August. Many of our three-month interns end up assisting with junior golf and tournament operations, as well as being heavily involved in outside operations. Many also serve as demo day assistants and golf camp counsellors. Typically, our students are available for long-term internships (anywhere from 3 months to full-time, year-round) following the completion of their junior year in mid-May. This arrangement is possible thanks to Cal U’s online course offerings available during the students’ senior years. Many of our rising seniors will work up north from approximately mid-May through until October or November, head south for the winter, and then seek full time, post-graduation employment beginning in the spring of their senior year. However, we have had several students begin internships in May of their junior year and do such a good job that they smoothly and quickly transitioned into full-time employment with the same facility or company prior to graduation. In short, availability for our juniors and seniors, who are typically looking to transition into assistant-professional type roles, is very flexible, whereas our younger students are typically available during the summer months.
What education and experience do your students have?
Our students study the following topics in the classroom: teaching, tournament operations, rules of golf, merchandising & inventory control, golf car fleet management, customer relations, supervising & delegating, turfgrass, and food & beverage. Our students also take a number of courses in business and in general sport management. In order to be in the program, students must have a demonstrated handicap of 10 or less.
How much does it cost me to hire an intern?
Hiring an intern is much like hiring a seasonal employee or entry-level assistant. Typically interns are paid an hourly wage equivalent to the going rate for entry-level seasonal workers.
What are some of the benefits of hiring PGM interns?
1) Long-term contracts are not expected, so you may hire an intern during your peak season, when you need additional employees the most.
2) Our interns are committed to a career in the golf industry- they are not simply high school kids or retirees looking for extra cash or something to do.
3) You will feel good about being a mentor for aspiring golf professionals.
4) Many of our internship sites find that internships may serve as a type of “trial run” to screen potential future employees. We have had numerous instances of internship sites subsequently hiring our students on a full-time basis when openings arise at their facilities in the future. Hiring an intern allows you to see the potential employee’s strengths and weaknesses on a short-term basis and determine if that student might be a good fit for your facility upon graduation.
What else do I need to do?
We just ask that, in addition to basic supervision and mentoring, you complete 3 forms:
1) An initial form agreeing to the terms of the internship and setting forth the job description
2) A "mid-term" evaluation, typically about 6 weeks into the internship, in which you answer a few very brief questions about the intern's performance
3) A final evaluation which includes a recommended grade for the student based on his or her attitude and job performance