The Exercise Science 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 is required for seniors seeking a degree in Exercise Science.
Specific benefits of the internship experience include:
The internship experience is meant to allow you to take your academic knowledge and apply it in the real world. Therefore, it is generally most meaningful when it is one of the last courses you take, preferably in your last semester. Students will work with their Applied Health Academic Advisor to determine eligiblity for the Internship. Generally, students are eligible for their professional internship after meeting the following requirements:
Students should be aware that some sites prefer additional course work to be completed prior to the internship. For this reason, it is important for students to discuss their career path with their Applied Health Academic Advisor and the Internship Coordinator.
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 be aware of their internship eligibility. The steps to be enrolled in KIN 460: Internship in Exercise Science 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