Exercise Science Practicum
The upper-level internship in Kinesiology (KINES 495C) is a very valuable experience for students in this option and within the curriculum. It provides the opportunity for students to enter the work world and use their skills and knowledge in a supervised environment. It is during the internship that the integration of the course of study and the application of skills and knowledge begins to evolve. Therefore, it should be structured to be as realistic as is possible and include as many hands-on experiences as is practical based at the internship site supervisor’s discretion. Ideally, students should follow the same work schedule as their on-site supervisor. The students have the option of registering for Kines 495C as a three credit course in two separate semesters (135 hours each semester) or a as six credit course (270 hours). Each student must confirm their internship site by December 1 for the spring semester and by April 1 for the fall and summer semester.
K100, K180/101, K200, K202, K295B, & 5th. Semester.
All arrangements must be completed one semester prior to the start of the internship. It is the responsibility of the student to make the initial contact with the agency or organization to inquire about the possibility of being accepted as an intern. If the organization is willing to accept the student, the campus faculty coordinator will then finalize the arrangements; corresponding will include the following:
- general information about the practicum
- the practicum placement contract to be signed by the organization’s on-site supervisor, and
- an evaluation form to be completed by the supervisor at the completion of the practicum.
The student is responsible for arranging an interview if distance permits. If this is not possible, the student must contact the organization via phone to discuss with the on-site supervisor the expectation of the organization and the conditions of the internship. During the site interview, the student is required to complete the practicum contract with the agency supervisor, discuss completing the 135/270 required hours of observation, any immunizations/tests needed to comply with agency policies, and determine if background checks, liability insurance, and/or CPR certification are required.