PE 4910 Internship in Exercise Science is designed to be off-campus supervised educational work experience at an approved worksite offering programs and experiences in fitness development or health promotion. The internship allows the student to develop health promotion-related job skills under the guidance of trained and established professionals. The internship experience affords the students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills in a practical situation while gaining valuable pre-professional in-service training.
The students participating in this internship will spend a minimum of 20 hours per week for 15 weeks at the Worksite. Exceptions due to Worksite schedules must be approved by the internship coordinator. Activities that would be most appropriate for the student to experience would include, but not be limited to, fitness testing, exercise prescription, exercise supervision, program planning, daily scheduling, fiscal management, public relations, advertising, development of workshops, participation in workshops, smoking cessation programs and nutrition management programs.
The student will meet formally a minimum of four times with the Worksite Supervisor and a minimum of six times with the University Supervisor for local placements. In addition to submitting weekly activity reports, the students will be evaluated periodically by both the University Supervisor and the Worksite Supervisor. The student's grade will be determined by a composite of all evaluations.
This manual has been developed in order to provide the student, Worksite Supervisor and University Supervisor with the policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities of those participating in the internship.
For placements outside of the Omaha Metropolitan area the student must meet formally with the University Supervisor prior to and following the internship. During the internship, the student and University Supervisor will maintain communication by the internet, mail, and the telephone.