SPEX Internship FAQ

 1. What kind of setting can I do my internship in?

  • 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 

2. 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.

3. When can I do my SPEX 4950 Senior Internship?

Internships are reserved for senior year of the SPEX program.

4. Do my observation hours or volunteer hours in a physical therapy clinic count toward my Senior Internship?

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

5. Aside from SPEX coursework, how can I best prepare myself for an internship?

It is recommended to meet with the SPEX Internship Coordinator no later than your junior year in order to adequately prepare and obtain complementary experiences in advance. With the Internship Coordinator, job-shadow/observation and volunteer opportunities are identified in order to prepare for high level internships.

6. Will I get paid for my SPEX 4950 Senior internship?

SPEX internships are primarily unpaid; however there are select sites who offer paid compensation. For more information your SPEX Internship Coordinator.

7. Does/Can my summer job qualify as a SPEX 4950 Senior internship?

This is not the typical path and, although it is possible to do a paid internship over the summer, this must be planned, coordinated, and cleared through the SPEX Internship Coordinator at least 6 months in advance.

8. Are there academic requirements associated with a Senior Internship?

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

The following are requirements for your internship:

  • A site visit (with the Internship Coordinator, Site Supervisor, and student)
  • Cover letter and resume assignment(s)
  • Site specific skills verification
  • Site specific article review
  • Final Project/Presentation
  • Weekly journal and work log
  • Internship reflection paper

9. How will I be evaluated for my internship?

The site supervisor will be issued a performance criteria evaluation towards the end of the 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

10. Is it possible to change my 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.

11. How many internship credits are required for the SPEX program?

Depending on the academic catalog under which a student entered, it is anywhere from 5 to 10 credits. Please contact the SPEX Internship Coordinator when in question.

12. Is it necessary to do all 10 required 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 (Internship) is largely dependent on the scheduling needs of both the student and a given internship site.
Flexibility is granted to take anywhere between 1 to 10 credits at any given time during the senior year of the student.

13. 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 3 months in advance.

14. 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.
Following the SPEX Senior Internship Orientation, students are directed to complete the SPEX Senior Internship Application on the Sport & Exercise Science Students site held on Canvas.

Contact Us

Kari Berkas
Program Coordinator