Internship Requirements

Prior to graduation, all APK students are required to complete a 12-credit hour, full-time internship experience. This requirement is met during the semester of expected graduation.

The application process begins: 1) Fall semester for Spring internship, 2) Spring semester for Summer internships, and 3) Summer A for Fall internships.

The Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology requires that all undergraduates complete a 12-credit internship experience during their final semester. The experience requires a minimum of 520 clock hours (35-40 hours a week for 15 weeks) for the Fall and Spring semesters and 520 clock hours (40 hours a week for 13 weeks) for the Summer semester. Ideally, students become exposed to the tasks that will be required of them as professionals in the field, as well as receive opportunities to develop their skills and areas of interest within their specialization.

The two Applied Physiology and Kinesiology undergraduate specializations which require an internship are:

Exercise Physiology: prepares students interested in pursuing a career in one of the health professions or graduate study in exercise science. The curriculum provides a strong basic science background and requires additional course work in the biological aspects of exercise. For intern hours in this specialization, students are expected to complete hours in a allied health or biomedical research setting related to exercise and/or sport.

Fitness/Wellness: prepares students to function as an exercise technician, exercise specialist, and/or wellness instructor in hospital, corporate, private, or governmental agencies. The curriculum emphasizes practical aspects of fitness and wellness.

Common Duties & Responsibilities of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Interns

Fitness Wellness Setting

  • Health risk appraisals
  • Fitness testing
  • Body composition analysis
  • Blood glucose screening
  • Behavior risk identification and modification
  • Individual/group counseling in the following areas:
    • Nutrition
    • Exercise
    • Weight management
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Stress Management
    • Cholesterol
    • Diabetes
  • Plan and coordinate fitness classes
  • Assistance/involvement in physical rehabilitation
  • Design and produce (health) educational materials and media

Lab setting

  • Become familiar with the function and operation of laboratory equipment used for subject testing and collection of physiological data
  • Assist with current and future research in areas of scheduling, participant, interviewing, data collection, data reduction, and data analysis.
  • Design and carryout an original research project in the area of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology which involves the collection and analysis of date to test a specific hypothesis.
  • Assist with grant writing
  • Research and literature reviews

Rehabilitation setting

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard and assist patients as they practice exercises and functional activities with various acute and chronic pathophysiologies (including CAD, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Musculoskeletal, and Neurological Disorders)
  • Transitioning of physical therapy patients to a comprehensive exercise setting
  • Fitness testing (to include: tests of balance, agility, gait and mobility, upper body and lower body muscular strength and endurance, and cardiovascular endurance)
  • Assess vital signs, anthropometric and joint kinematics to determine effect of treatments and/or patient progression.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress, and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment
  • Administer active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, and heat, light, sound, and electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound
  • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, such as crutches
  • Communicate with or instruct caregivers and family members on patient therapeutic activities and treatment plans
  • Project work to include news letter articles and educational presentations to be delivered through various media
  • Experience with processes of intake counseling, exercise prescription, exercise programming / implementation / supervision including progression, and evaluation
  • Analysis of exercise outcome including: improvement, compliance, and facility utilization
  • Facility / Program daily operation including: staffing, communication, and additional duties such as equipment maintenance and document reproduction