Leisure, Culture, Tourism, Sport and Recreation Project ManagementMaster's degree

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      ¿What are they?

      In this Master´s programme, theoretical training is rounded off with a practical approach that allows students to acquire professional experience and direct contact with the culture of work. This subject involves doing at least 200 internship hours paid at least €800.

      The role of the internship within the programme curriculum is key as this is a means to experience real-life situations and integrate in programmes which are underway, showing realities similar to what they will later find in professional practice.

      This subject allows you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice with the ongoing support of your lecturers, who will your follow up your progress at all times jointly with the internship coordinator at the Institute of Leisure Studies.

      Real immersion in professional life is combined with theoretical-practical sessions in the classroom. The aim is to offer students professional guidance, while also including entrepreneurship as a possible career option.

      Students can complete their internships from November to the end of the academic year in Spain, the European Union or other countries. 


      The degree has a well-defined process for the Management of External Internships, with a programme of individualised tutorials and a scheduled programme of group tutorials. These will be coordinated by the Academic Tutor, who will guide and motivate students throughout their studies and will assist them plan their work and develop their career.

      The individual tutorials aim to identify students' professional concerns and guide them towards the internship centre that best suits their expectations and interests, while the group sessions aim to provide guidelines for integration into the internship centre, to learn about the labour market, and to acquire skills aimed at entrepreneurship and employability.


      Coordination with the host centre

      Students on the Expert Diploma programme will be assigned an academic tutor for their internship. Tutors will liaise between the University and firms and institutions and will coordinate a work plan for students with the on-site supervisor at the partner firm or institution. They will also monitor and assess their performance, supervise the internship and ensure that the student's entire experience is consistent, closely watching to strike the right balance between theory and practice. Through this process, internship tutors will supervise students’ learning process and competence development throughout the internship and will liaise with the different host firms and institutions.

      In addition, students on the programme will have the possibility of doing their compulsory internships abroad. To this end, a lecturer on the programme will coordinate international internships and will encourage, guide and manage students' outgoing experience. 

      Students will be also assigned an on-site supervisor at the host organisation. The supervisor will guide the learning process and focus on development of the target competences.

      ¿Where are the internships held?

      The internships offered are carried out in companies and institutions, both public and private, in the field of leisure (culture, tourism, sport and recreation) and with which the University has established an educational partnership agreement.

      The internships will be held in centres mainly in the Basque Country, although there are also agreements with companies and institutions in the rest of Spain and abroad (Europe and America). 

      The list of internship centres is wide and varied and includes companies and institutions in the field:

      • Culture: management, programming, events, facilities and infrastructures, museums, civic centres, research and consultancy.
      • Sport: education, management, sports facilities, federations, adventure sports.
      • Tourism: cooperative research centres, rural development, project production, adventure and active tourism activities, research and consultancy
      • Recreation: schools -extracurricular activities-



      Credits, timetable and assessment


      Students must complete 10 ECTS (250 hours) in the practicum, of which 80% (200 hours) will be spent on practical activities in companies or institutions supervised by a professional from the internship centre; 6% (15 hours) will be spent on university tutorials to monitor the external internships carried out, and the remaining 14% (35 hours) will be devoted to the preparation of a final report.

      Students will do their internships during the second semester and in only one centre, although sometimes the opportunity of a second centre will be offered. Internships begin around March, once the theoretical sessions of the master’s degree have ended, although students have the possibility of joining at the beginning of a specific project, depending on the date provided by the host centre. Both the time distribution of the internships and the number of credits allocated will enable students to acquire the required competences.

      Assessment will be based on two main aspects of the subject:

      The work carried out in the company or institution, assessed by the tutor at the host centre. The following aspects will be considered: the tasks carried out and the student’s attitude (attendance, responsibility, ethical behaviour, motivation, interaction the public, interaction with the work team, degree of involvement, learning ability) (50% of the total);

      Personal work, which takes the form of a report (50%), assessed by the academic tutor of the subject.




      Do your internship in companies or institutions

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      “I truly appreciate this opportunity and am very pleased to take part in events organisation”

      Paula BravoMaster's student and intern at Innevento
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      “The tutors have helped me throughout my internship”

      Gorka EtxeandiaMaster's student and intern at Harrobia/Eskena


      The career options in this sector are numerous and companies are increasingly looking for professionals specialised in the sector as a guarantee to offer innovative and quality services to their clients. There are also numerous possibilities for self-employment in leisure services, through the creation of companies that cover untapped market niches.

      Graduates in Project Management in Leisure, Culture, Tourism, Sport and Recreation can hold positions with different responsibilities (management, administration, promotion, animation, dynamisation, intervention, etc.) in:


      Cultural institutions and facilities


      Travel agencies, tourist offices, incoming agencies


      Sports management companies


      Departments in public institutions


      Sports facilities (public and private)


      Consultancy firms


      Foundations and associations


      Ancillary services companies, etc.

      Career Opportunities

      Leisure, a growing sector


      Career Opportunities

      Leisure, a growing sector

      The sector offers good job opportunities and companies are increasingly seeking specialists to ensure that their customers receive innovative services and quality. There are also numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs who wish to set up their own businesses to fill unexplored market niches.