Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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

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

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

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

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

It is recommended to contact the SPEX 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 SPEX 4950 Senior Internship?

SPEX Senior Internships are primarily unpaid; however, there may be some sites who offer paid internship positions.

Does/Can my job qualify as a SPEX 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 SPEX 4950 by the SPEX 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

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

  • It is typically encouraged to take as many credits as possible at a given site in order to allow for familiarity, develop professional relationships, and engender confidence and trust of a Site Supervisor that leads to increased responsibility. However, the amount of credits registered for in SPEX 4950 is largely-dependent on the scheduling needs of both the student and a given internship site.
  • Flexibility is granted to take anywhere between 3 to 10 credits at any given time during the senior year.

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

Due to the competitive nature of securing a position in many of our academic-affiliated sites, it is recommended to have interviewed with a prospective site at least 2-3 months in advance.

Please refer to the internship deadline for registering.

What is the first step in planning for an internship?

The first step in planning a SPEX internship is to attend a Senior Internship Orientation. These are held by the SPEX Internship Coordinator on a quarterly basis.

Contact Us

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

KINE Internship Coordinator & Assistant Athletic Trainer