Internship Information & Expectations
Graduate Internship Overview
In order to register for an Internship, PET 6947, you must complete the internship application packet and the Grad Contract and turn it into the graduate coordinator in room 100 Florida Gym prior to the application deadline date.
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 15 weeks, 40 hours per week 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 and approval of the application/contract for internship.
- Written approval from an acceptable internship site.
- Completion of established requirements designated by the appropriate departmental specialization committee (e.g. CPR certification, specific coursework).
- Provide site supervisor with a packet of expectations, evaluation paperwork and dates of internship.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of the internship site. Dress is as directed by the site professional.
- Within two weeks of the beginning of internship, contact faculty supervisor.
- Remind site supervisor to send completed evaluation form to the faculty supervisor by the Monday before Final Examination week.
- Schedule a meeting with faculty supervisor during Final Examination week.
Graduate Internship applications are due by the midpoint of the term prior to the desired internship semester.
The Intern Application process is lengthy; therefore, you are encouraged to begin early. Click here to view the Internship Forms. All of the materials must be submitted.
Expectations of Applied Career Interns
- Contact your adviser prior to leaving campus.
- Read all materials in the intern packet and send all forms on time.
- 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 progress report to your university adviser, after it has been discussed with and signed by your site supervisor.
- Maintain a folder for all intern materials.
- Schedule a final conference with your site supervisor. This conference should take place no later than the beginning of the 14th week of your internship. You should present your site supervisor with the Final Evaluation form and Grade Evaluation form 3-4 days prior to the conference.
- Contact your university adviser to see if he/she would like to schedule a final conference with you.
- *IF A PROBLEM ARISES AT ANY POINT DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP, CONTACT YOUR UNIVERSITY ADVISER IMMEDIATELY.
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 Final Evaluation and Grade Evaluation forms and mail it to UF, postmarked no later than the end of the 14th week of the internship. These should be submitted in a sealed envelope either via the student or mailed to the university adviser at: Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, PO Box 118205, Gainesville, FL 32611-8205.