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EMU’s Intern Practice Monitoring Program

Following a major violation involving practice limits, Eastern Michigan realized it needed more help with in-person monitoring of practice. So it enlisted the help of undergraduate interns:

The change has allowed the compliance office to monitor each active sport once a week, attending full home games and practices and at least one away game per sport each season — something few schools with similar resources accomplish, [associate athletic director Chris] Hoppe said. Women’s basketball is monitored twice a week.

Considering the violation Eastern Michigan is coming off of, constant in-person monitoring is the goal if you can do it. One of the biggest successes of the program has less to do with its success as a monitoring practice and more to do with the interns themselves. In addition to one unpaid intern rising to a full-time position at Eastern Michigan, the school has former interns at Denver, Hawaii, and Florida.

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