Undergraduate exercise physiology students are required to complete an internship in the final semester of the program at a professional site that reflects directly to the field of clinical or applied exercise physiology.

A minimum of 10-weeks and 400-hours must be completed by the end of the semester. Additionally, items such as bi-monthly reports, educational in-services, an internship/program evaluation, preceptor evaluation of intern, as well as attempting the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified exercise physiologist, or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist certification exam, must be completed.

Pre-Internship Requirements

The items listed below must be completed prior to the start of internship. The order in which the items should be started is indicated, the duration of full completion of each item may vary (i.e., some items take longer than others to complete). The deadline(s) and appropriate documentation for these items will be communicated by the internship coordinator. The coordinator will also explain or demonstrate how to complete each item.

  1. Graduation application
  2. Internship agreement 
  3. Physical examination 
  4. Immunization record and/or related documentation – includes recommended and up-to-date vaccines such as Hep B, MMR, Tdap, influenza, varicella; indication of vaccine contraindication; proof of immunity (i.e., positive titer test result)
  5. Criminal background check and drug screen
  6. Adult CPR/AED training (i.e., AHA BLS provide)
  7. ACSM student membership
  8. Professional liability insurance coverage
  9. Student health insurance waiver or enrollment

Approved Internship Sites

A list of the approved/currently contracted internship sites will be provided by the internship coordinator. If a student wants to setup a new site, it must be done as soon as possible. The contract process can take several months, and is suggested to be started by the beginning of the semester prior to the planned internship semester.

Internship Evaluations

The internship coordinator will send out (via email) an evaluation to the student-intern and another to the internship preceptor that must be completed by the end of the internship semester. These evaluations will be sent out several weeks prior to the end of the semester.