EXS 296 - Practicum in Exercise Science
Click HERE for the Practicum Handbook
EXS 496 - Internship in Exercise Science
Click HERE for the Internship Handbook
For a list of Internship and Practicum sites please click HERE
As a part of the Exercise Science curriculum, you will complete EXS 296 (Practicum)
and EXS 496 (Internship). These are required to give you practical experience in various
job settings related to the field of Exercise Science. These experiences will allow
you to develop and enhance skills required in settings in which you are interested.
Also, you should view the practicum/internship experience as the opportunity to determine
if the experience at the specific site might represent a desirable career route.
EXS 296 is a 3 credit-hour course, which requires you to complete 150 contact hours at the site where you are working. You need to complete EXS 296 before your junior year.
EXS 496 should be taken your final semester, or at least after you have taken EXS 296 and EXS 412. EXS 496 is a 6 credit-hour course that requires you to complete 300 contact hours at a site selected after consultation with your advisor. EXS 496 is a culminating practical experience you will have before you graduate. You may do your internship at the facility where you completed your Internship experience, or you may choose an entirely new site. Your faculty advisor and/or Internship Supervisor will make the final decision as to the most appropriate site for you.
The term, "Internship," refers to a supervised short-term full-time educational work experience with an approved agency, organization, or institution. An Internship allows a student to develop professionally through a work experience under the guidance of leaders in a field.
In addition, the Internship site is an extension of the curriculum, and the Internship
experience affords the student an opportunity to apply his/her theoretical knowledge
and technical skills in a practical manner, gaining valuable pre-professional in-service
training, which will better enable him/her to perform with a higher level of skill
and confidence. The learning outcomes (LO) for your internship are:
LO1: Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theories related to Exercise Science; use this to then construct well-rounded, safe and effective programming
LO2: Demonstrate professional skills through the practical experience of conducting fitness assessments, running computer analysis of data, teaching, and conducting fitness/wellness labs, etc.
LO3: Utilize your abilities in critical thinking, and in written and oral communication
LO4: Cultivate intellectual self-reliance
INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
All undergraduate Exercise Science majors must meet the following requirements to be eligible for EXS 496 Internship:
1) In final semester of your program OR at least successful completion of EXS 296
and EXS 412 AND
2) Have a 2.5 GPA overall AND
3) Have **CURRENT CPR Certification (effective Spring 2014)
Near mid-term of the semester prior to internship, the Internship Supervisor will hold an Internship Orientation. During that meeting, all eligibility requirements will be confirmed by the Internship Supervisor.
THE FOLLOWING STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER.
1) Read the Internship Handbook (Recommended completion 2 semesters prior to internship)
2) Verify that you have completed the basic requirements for the Internship (Recommended completion beginning of final semester prior to internship – for spring interns – by September 1, for summer and fall interns – by February 1).
3) Complete "Application for Internship" (Form A); and prepare resume/curriculum vitae. Click HERE for form A.
4) Submit with Application for Internship and current resume/curriculum vitae– For Spring interns – no later than October 15th, for summer and fall interns no later than March 15th).
5) When you are ready to submit Form A and your resume/CV please email your WKU ID# to Dr. Crandall (Jason.email@example.com). He will enroll you in the Blackboard organization (this is not a course) titled, "Exercise Science Internship". Enrollment in the organization does not guarantee you will be allowed to enroll in EXS 496! The organization is only a way to collect all pre-internship information. Once enrolled, you will be able to upload all of the required forms. IMPORTANT! There are due dates for these forms! Once the due date has past you will not be able to upload the form! IMPORTANT!
6) Meet with the Internship Supervisor during the Internship Orientation Meeting to determine if all basic requirements for the Internship have been met, and to determine the appropriate procedures to follow to secure an internship placement.
7) Select a site matching your professional interests. All sites must be approved by the Internship Supervisor. (Required completion date – 4 weeks before end of semester prior to internship – For Spring interns by November 15, for Summer Interns by April 15, for Fall Interns by August 1).
8) If you are accepted by the approved agency for placement, have the agency supervisor
complete the following forms:
• Internship Assignment – Form B,
• Internship Student/Agency/University Contract - Form C, and
• Internship Goals and Plan – Form D
9) The completed forms must be uploaded to the Exercise Science Internship organization and reviewed by the Internship Supervisor before the student may register for EXS 496 (Required completion date is four weeks prior to end of semester before internship. For spring interns – November 15; for summer interns - April 15; for fall interns - August 1).
All forms are available in the Internship Handbook and will be available as assignments on the Blackboard organization page. Completed forms must be uploaded to the Blackboard organization titled, "Exercise Science Internship". DO NOT EMAIL THE FORMS!!!!!
Dr. Jason Crandall