The Exercise Physiology Internship program is designed to give students the opportunity to merge their academic knowledge with practical professional experience while earning academic credit. The experience allows students to explore and clarify professional goals, acquire new skills, and to develop professional contacts in their chosen field. The internship experience is required for students in the Non-Thesis Option for the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree in Exercise Physiology.
Specific benefits of the internship experience include:
Exercise Physiology graduate students in the Non-Thesis option may complete their internship requirement during any semester of their program. The internship experience is meant to allow you to take your academic knowledge and apply it in the real world, so it is important for students to carefully select the timing of their internship based on the completion of relevant coursework.
The internship process begins during the semester prior to the actual internship. Because of this, it is important that students meet with their advisor regularly in order to have an idea of their internship eligibility. The steps to be enrolled in KIN 555: Internship in Exercise Physiology are listed below:
One of the most important factors in ensuring a successful internship experience is matching the interests of the student with qualified mentors from agencies across the region. The Internship Coordinator can help students reflect on their experiences and professional goals to ensure that they identify both an internship site and an internship supervisor that can offer them the best possible experience. A list of potential internship sites from the St. Louis Metro Region is posted on the Internship Community page on Blackboard; however, students are welcome to pursue additional agencies that we do not yet have an agreement with. Instructions for obtaining approval for new sites can be found in the Internship Community on Blackboard as well. It is the responsibility of each student to identify potential internship sites and to receive approval of the site from the internship coordinator.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Internship Site:
For questions, students can contact Erin Vanderbunt, Internship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.