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Students majoring in Kinesiology (KIN) may complete an internship through online course KIN 484, either as an elective course or as a required course for graduation, depending the student’s major map (students should consult with their Academic Advisor to confirm this requirement). Students must complete KIN 484 in either their junior or senior year. The course serves as a culminating experience for each student, bridging years of academic preparation with meaningful, hands-on practical applications of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a professional work environment. This experience is supervised by a professional mentor and monitored by the Internship Coordinator, who also serves as the Course Instructor. Each student enrolled in the course will complete an internship of their choosing within the healthcare field that meets 1) the objectives and requirements of the course, 2) established policies and procedures of the internship program (as outlined in the course syllabus and the Student Handbook of Internship Programs), and 3) the expected work performance of the hosting organization (internship field site), allowing the student to earn academic credit for the experience.
Students will be required to address the following objectives of the course through the completion of assignments and in their individual work performance and professionalism, as demonstrated during the internship:
There are four internship practice categories that define the overall scope of services in which students may intern for the course:
An administrative practice experience for an intern would primarily include tasks and projects that focus on the operations or “behind-the-scenes” administrative functions of the organization. Interns would likely work under the supervision of a department or program executive or manager and complete tasks with departments such as human resources, marketing, finance/budgeting, fundraising, special events planning and coordination, strategic planning, and information systems.
A clinical practice experience occurs when the majority of the intern’s responsibilities involve engaging directly with the organization’s external clients, by assisting, observing, or taking some responsibility of the interaction. Interns will typically work with or assist clinicians with one or more clients, in a direct care or treatment capacity within clinical practices at medical offices of dentists, physicians, and veterinarians; hospitals, health clinics, holistic and rehabilitation centers.
Programmatic practice experiences involve internship work with specific programs or projects that directly impact or respond to the organization’s mission, fields of service, or revenue-generating operations that are non-clinical. Interns usually work directly with external clients who are the end-users or benefactors of the services provided by the organization. Interns would typically work on projects or programs involving teaching, instructing, or educating individuals or groups; or work in program development, implementation and evaluation. For example, interns may assist or work with coaches, personal trainers, sports performance trainers, healthy lifestyle coaches, health educators, and corporate wellness consultants.
Interns working in research practice experiences work primarily under the guidance of a project coordinator and/or principal investigator. These internship sites are usually located at universities, non-profit organizations, community centers, hospitals, and laboratories engaged in research activities. Examples of student interns’ work may include data collection and analyses, interviewing respondents for research projects, assisting with interventions and survey development, or project coordination and evaluation.
KIN students may choose an internship in an area aligned with career goals and post-graduate aspirations. Following are practice areas and career fields in which many KIN students elect to complete internships:
For an overview of career fields related to kinesiology, visit the website of the American Kinesiology Association.
Following are examples of internship experiences that were completed by School of Nutrition and Health Promotion students within the last academic year.
|Timeframe prior to internship semester||Activity|
|1. 6 – 18 months||Research career fields and employment opportunities in areas of interest; conduct job shadowing and informational interviews at prospective internship sites to learn about various career paths and job functions.|
|2. 6 – 12 months||Review and research various organizations and their respective internship opportunities as listed in the Directories of Affiliated Internship Sites.|
|3. 4 – 12 months||Attend an Information Session for Internship Courses 484 (when offered) as early as two semesters prior (strongly suggested) but no later than one semester immediately preceding the semester in which the internship will be completed.|
|4. 4 – 12 months||Apply for a minimum of 5 – 10 internships and schedule interviews as applicable. Visit ASU’s Career Services to schedule an appointment to have your résumé and cover letter reviewed or developed prior to applying for internships.|
|5. 4 – 6 months||Decide if you want to complete your internship at your current place of employment, if applicable; if yes, submit a Petition to Complete Internship at Place of Employment by the deadline date.|
|6. 4 – 6 months||Prepare and apply for hospital-based internships by the deadline date (see hospital-specific applications for requirements, instructions, and deadlines).|
|7. 4 – 6 months||Complete health and safety requirements that may be required for internships (such as immunizations, fingerprint clearance cards, TB shots, CPR training, etc.).|
|8. 3 months||Submit a Petition to Affiliate a New Internship Site, if applicable; this petition is required for any student seeking to intern with an organization that is not currently affiliated with ASU.|
|9. 2 – 6 months||Accept internship offer and decline offers as applicable and/or withdraw applications.|
|10. 2 – 3 months||Register for course KIN 484 (Session C) on your assigned course registration date.|
|11. 1 – 2 months||Complete the Online Clinical Orientation (OCO) requirements for hospital-based internships if accepted as a hospital intern by the posted deadline date.|
|12. 1.5 – 2 months||International students completing internships in the U.S. must submit a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application to ASU’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) prior to the start of the internship.|
|13. 1 – 2 months||Complete and submit an Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) via Blackboard for the course no later than two weeks prior to the internship start date.|
|14. 6 weeks –||Begin working in the internship no earlier than six weeks prior and no later than the first|
|*First day of class||Day of class in the semester in which you are registered for the internship course; students may not begin working in an internship until they have submitted and had approved an ILA.|
For more information or questions about the KIN internship program or course, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.