Internship Information & Expectations

Graduate Internship Overview

“In order to register for PET 6947, you must contact the graduate coordinator, Mike Balkcom, in FLG 100 to inform him of your intended internship semester by one of the following deadlines:

  • October 1st – if planning to complete an internship during Summer C of the following year
  • February 1st – if planning to complete an internship during the Fall semester of the same year
  • June 1st – if planning to complete an internship during the Spring semester of the following year

Upon informing the department of your intended internship semester, you will be added to a “Pre-Internship” e-Learning/Canvas website where you will have access to specific information related to the submission of required documentation needed to complete an application to your intended internship site..

Course Number and Title:  PET 6947  Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.
Credit Hours:  3-9 Credit Hours (to be determined by adviser; however, only 5 credits will fulfill the degree requirements).
Semesters Offered:  Fall, Spring, and Summer C
Time: Scheduled by internship site (40 hr./wk)  To complement graduate coursework, prior to graduation the students will complete a full semester internship.  This practical experience is generally expected to transpire during the final semester in the degree program.  The selected site must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee.


  • To gain practical experience in the student’s field of study by completing a “minimum of 600 hours completed within the chosen academic semester” at an approved internship site.
  • To utilize the internship as a gateway to gainful employment in the student’s field of study.

Variable credit (3-9 credit hours).  A maximum of 5 credit hours may be applied toward the master’s or doctoral degree credit requirement.  However, the student may register for up to 9 credit hours (for purposes such as maintaining a fellowship).

S/U grading will apply to all internships.  A faculty supervisor will monitor the student’s performance through the on-site supervisor and submit the final grade.


  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of two semesters of graduate coursework in the department.
  • Satisfactory submission of all required departmental and site-specific documentation in support of your internship application.
  • Formal approval from your intended internship site.


  • Provide site supervisor with Graduate Internship Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Adhere to the rules and regulations of the internship site.  Dress is as directed by the site professional.
  • Remind site supervisor of due dates of midterm and final evaluations and schedule time to discuss these evaluations with your site supervisor.

Application Deadlines

  1. “The Application for Internship Placement\uploads/ApplicationForm-2017.pdf, Cover Letter addressed to site supervisor, and Resume are due by the following dates
    1. September 15th of semester prior to internship – for Spring semester internships
    2. February 15th of semester prior to internship – for Summer C internships
    3. June 15th of semester prior to internship – for Fall semester internships

Any additional documentation required by your internship site (i.e. Liability insurance certificate, Immunization record, Background Check, etc. should be submitted to the Pre-Internship e-Learning/Canvas website by the last day of classes of the semester prior to the internship.”

Expectations of Applied Career Interns

  • Read the Graduate Internship Policies and Procedures Manual and submit all required documents by the stated deadlines.
  • Regard your relationship with your site supervisor in the same manner as your relationship with university faculty.  You should expect your site supervisor to guide, correct, and advise you on a regular basis.
  • Review with the site supervisor all assignments and materials as requested.
  • Demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate for a professional regarding voice, speech, reliability, manner, confidence, enthusiasm, and rapport with others.  Expect to be addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Ms.
  • Dress appropriately.  Avoid extremes in make-up, beard length, and jewelry. Do not smoke on assignment.
  • Function as a full staff member.  Assume the responsibilities and obligations of the other professional employees.  (Some limitations of responsibilities will be necessary because of your limited experience and technical authority.)  Follow the same calendar and daily schedule required of staff.  Attend staff meetings.  Sign in and out if required.  Be punctual.  Inform the site supervisor and university adviser if you have to be absent.  Follow agency procedures for illness or other absences.
  • Attempt to motivate and communicate with clients.
  • Discuss your performance of assigned duties with the site supervisor on a regular basis.  Evaluate yourself on the strong and weak parts of your performance.  Take the initiative to ask the site supervisor for feedback concerning your performance.
  • Offer to assist in all agency activities.  Observation of activity should increase your experience.
  • Should clients request additional attention, clear such requests with the site supervisor.
  • Submit a mid-term and final self-evlaluation to your site supervisor to aid them in completing your evaluations to be submitted to your university supervisor.
  • Maintain a folder for all intern materials.
  • Contact your university adviser to see if he/she would like to schedule a final conference with you.

Expectations of Site Supervisors of Applied Career Intern

  • Familiarize yourself with the materials due to the university adviser by the end of the second week.
  • Determine the student’s full responsibilities.  These responsibilities should be reviewed by the site supervisor and director prior to the beginning of the internship.
  • Inform the intern of all responsibilities during the initial conference.  Share with the intern the on-going program plan.  Provide a planned instructional program that reflects sound learning experiences for the intern.
  • Provide the intern with a comprehensive overview of the site’s organization and operation.  Explain all policies and procedures, including reasons for filling out reports, records, safety, and liability issues, etc.
  • Familiarize the intern with all parts of the facility.
  • Conduct frequent evaluative sessions with the intern based on regular observation.  The intern should gradually assume work assignments.
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss progress of the intern with the university supervisor.
  • Arrange time for the intern to talk with the university adviser.
  • Call upon the university adviser at any time when help is needed or a problem arises that requires a solution.
  • Inform the university adviser of a student’s lack of attendance, punctuality, or any problem(s) that occur.
  • Encourage the intern to participate in any existing in-service or extension programs.
  • Discuss and review with the intern the Mid-term Progress Report.  Offer suggestions for improvement during the remainder of the term.  This report should be forwarded to the university adviser after being signed by your site supervisor.
  • Complete the online Final Evaluation and review it with your intern by the last day of classes for the internship semester.