Publication Date

Summer 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Dr. Jessica Chin


Americanization, Culture, Hegemony, Interns, Sport, Sport for Development and Peace

Subject Areas



Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) is an international development movement that uses sport to address international humanitarian issues, including education on preventing HIV/AIDS, peaceful resolutions in communities experiencing conflict, and establishing gender equality in male-dominated societies. The emergence of SDP as a branch of international development over the last decade has garnered much attention. National governments, non-governmental organizations, and scholars have involved themselves in the process of SDP. The attention that SDP has attracted by these parties has been both practical and theoretical. Scholarly studies by prior researchers on SDP have included suggestions on best practices, and how people working in SDP process and handle programming based on a particular world view. Therefore, this study aimed to address how American SDP interns reflected on their internship experiences. The purpose of this study was to examine qualitatively former American SDP interns' program experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven former American SDP interns. The findings indicated that, in their role as American SDP interns, the participants were at once complicit in and resistant to reproducing inequitable power relations, personal ideologies and Americanization processes while in their host countries.

Keywords: Sport for Development and Peace, Americanization, Interns.