Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of setting can I do my KINE 4950 Senior Internship in?

  • Applied Clinical Research
  • Allied Health/Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Education and Coaching
  • Health and Fitness Settings
  • Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Performance
  • Sports Administration
  • Wellness, Nutrition, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine
  • Special Needs and Adaptive Sports
  • Technology, Tests, and Measures/ Human Performance Laboratory

Is it possible to do a KINE 4950 Senior Internship in a setting that is not listed above?

In the event that a student has a special interest that does not fit the above-mentioned model, requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

When can I do my KINE 4950 Senior Internship?

Senior Internships are reserved for senior year of the KINE program.

Can my observation or volunteer hours in a physical therapy clinic count toward my KINE 4950 Senior Internship?

The KINE Senior Internship is a separate academic process that must be planned for and registered through the KINE internship coordinator.

Aside from KINE coursework, how can I best prepare myself for a KINE 4950 Senior Internship?

It is recommended to contact the KINE Internship Coordinator no later than your junior year in order to adequately prepare and obtain complementary experiences in advance.

Will I get paid for my KINE 4950 Senior Internship?

KINE Senior Internships are primarily unpaid

Does/Can my job qualify as a KINE 4950 Senior Internship?

A paid job that is not labeled specifically as an internship will not be able to be used as an internship site for credit.

Are there academic requirements associated with a Senior Internship?

Yes, the internship curriculum is administered for KINE 4950 by the KINE Internship Coordinator through Canvas.

The following are requirements for a Senior Internship:

  • Site-specific skills verification
  • Final Project/Presentation
  • Weekly journal reflections

How will I be evaluated for my internship?

Your Site Supervisor will be issued an online performance evaluation towards the end of the Senior Internship.

At the conclusion of the internship, the site supervisor will be asked to provide performance evaluation on the following areas:

  • Quality of work
  • Dependability
  • Attitude towards work
  • Relation with others

Is it possible to change an internship site after beginning an internship?

  • In the event of a conflict, it is important to keep a clear line of communication with both the Internship Coordinator and Site Supervisor who are skilled in administering a process of conflict resolution which may result in transfer of site, if, and when, necessary.
  • However, it is also important to note that this process is usually dependent on a new site allowing the student on very short notice, which is usually a slight chance of occurrence.

How many internship credits are required for the SPEX program?

10 total credits; 5 credits at 2 different sites

Is it necessary to do all 10 credits in a single quarter?

  • It is quite demanding to fulfill the weekly hours needed for 10 credits in one quarter, however, not impossible.  The recommendation would be to take KINE 4950 across two different quarters allowing for the 150 hours (5 credits and 1 site) to be completed each quarter instead of 300 hours (10 credits and 2 sites) in one quarter.

How soon before my internship do I need to secure a site?

The internship fair that occurs each spring quarter provides the opportunity to interview with the various sites of interest.  If extenuating circumstances occur for a student unable to attend the fair, an interview will be schedule within a week after the fair.

Contact Us

Theresa Swanson | MEd, ATC, CES, PES, LMT

KINE Internship Coordinator & Assistant Athletic Trainer