- Feb 9, 2010
I’m inclined to agree if the intention is to attract students or to support continuing education. The other open question is the level of commitment (hours, travel and availability).Maybe. I think it is dependent on the field. The world of college athletics is high risk/ high reward/ high failure. I think a lot of non former players that started in coaching -even today, is volunteering at some point.
Lots of people in med school do the same thing. My ex was a Physicians Ass't and she had to spend a year and a half volunteering to have her application taken seriously. If this was a job interning at Capital One or some soul draining corporation -yes, it would be behind the times. But for college athletics I think it works.
Dont get me wrong. It would be nice if they paid $$. But if they don't have money in the budget, I think its fair to post it and see if there are takers.
The downside from a human capital perspective is that by not providing a wage of some nature, you are precluding a big group of people who simply can’t afford to work for free….or value themselves more. By doing so, you potentially limit the quality of applicants.
All that said—the job probably entails cleaning towels, stacking weights, charting performance, chasing guys down when they oversleep…..so you are likely right, it makes sense.