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Department of Movement Sciences

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2401
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401

Phone: (208) 885-7921

Fax: (208) 885-5929

Email: movementsciences@uidaho.edu

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Exercise Science and Health Practicum and Internship

Exercise Science and Health students are required to complete two practicum and one internship. The courses are designed for students to explore career options, gain valuable experience and skills and help them to meet their career and life goals.

Each 1-credit practicum requires students to complete 40 hours in an exercise science and health setting where they will observe, apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classroom and/or assist with the day-to-day operations of the facility.

The 9-credit internship requires students to complete 360 hours in an exercise science and health setting during the last semester before graduation. This capstone experience allows students to be fully immersed in the field, where they will be challenged to understand real-world application, develop communication and leadership skills and to grow as professionals.

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Students gain insight into career options, requirements for different careers, as well as work experience and skills to become marketable for job opportunities and graduate school. Practicum is offered each semester including summer session and winter intersession.

Site contracting and PEP 495 registering

  • Run any site ideas by your advisor or the practicum coordinator for initial approval.
  • Approach sites with your resume and your goals for your experience.
  • Return the completed paperwork to the Practicum and Internship Coordinator using the contact information provided on the form.
  • The UI Coordinator will process your contract (aka approve the site, comment on your tasks and goals and remove the hold) and email you with directions of the next step.
  • You will then register for the course and complete the UI professional liability request if directed to do so (if your site does not provide you with coverage).

Completing a Practicum (PEP 495) 

  • Complete 40 hours at your site during the section dates that you signed up for. You will attend your site using the schedule you agreed upon with your site. For example, all 40 hours within one week, or Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 10 weeks.
  • You will see the course come up in Blackboard Learn at the beginning of the semester. All assignments, grades and feedback will go through Blackboard unless otherwise stated.
  • A grade will be entered at the end of the course by the UI Supervisor/Class instructor.

Students will gain valuable experiences that allow them to apply their classroom knowledge and skills in a practical setting. The experience will help students to achieve career and/or educational goals. Internship is offered during fall, spring and summer.

Site contracting and PEP 498 registering

Internship Proposal

  • The semester before you plan on completing internship you will complete the Internship Proposal. The proposal serves as your request to participate in an internship and the information you provide will help us to determine if you can move forward with your search and plan.
    • Return the completed paperwork to the Practicum and Internship Coordinator using the contact information provided on the form.
    • You will receive feedback about your proposal from the Internship Coordinator.

Internship Contract

  • Once you have been accepted to the position by the site, complete the Internship Contract/Agreement with the site supervisor. Submit the Internship Contract/Agreement to the Internship Coordinator. Generally, this is done four weeks before your internship start date.
  • The UI Coordinator will process your contract (aka approve the site, comment on your tasks and goals and remove the hold) and email you with directions of the next step.

Registration

  • Register for the course and complete the UI professional liability request if directed to do so (if your site does not provide you with coverage).
  • Work directly with your site to provide any documentation or checks that they require before you begin, such as current background check, immunization records or CPR certification.
  • If the site requires a Certificate of Professional Liability or an Affiliation Agreement, the Internship Coordinator will work directly with the site.

Completing the Internship (PEP 498)

  • The course begins day one of the semester, regardless of your first day at your site.
  • Complete 360 hours at your site during the semester dates that you signed up for. You attend your site using the schedule you agreed upon with the site.
  • You will see the course come up in Blackboard Learn at the beginning of the semester. All assignments, grades and feedback will go through Blackboard unless otherwise stated.
  • A grade will be entered at the end of the course by the UI Supervisor/Class instructor.

Please be reminded that sites may require any, or all, of the following prior to starting at the site. If you do not, or cannot, provide what they need you will not be allowed to participate at the site.

  • Background check
  • Current CPR certification (sites may require additional certifications)
  • Current immunizations
  • TB test
  • Drug screen
  • HIPAA training
  • Blood Borne Pathogen training

Tips for finding a practicum and internship site

  • Decide on what type of career or experience that you want to explore and/or gain experience in which will help you decide your career path and help you gain valuable work experience.
  • Make a map of the geographical area(s) that you are willing to work within or travel to.
  • Be open to a variety of sites. For example, if you want to be a physical therapist but have experience already, you can look into occupational therapy, public health or cardiac rehab to explore what they do and help you with patient care skills.
  • To generate ideas and make connections ask your contacts to put feelers out for you by talking to their coworkers, friends or other contacts. Talk to your former high school teacher, coach, family doctor, classmates and use social media.
  • Research what facilities may be of interest. Look for listed internships, jobs, as well as simply identifying businesses and companies. Check out what the site does, outcomes they look for, their clients, employees, and so on. Make a list of the sites that are the most interesting or the best fit for you.
  • Talk to potential supervisors. You are looking for someone with education, skills, experience, relevant credentials and enthusiasm to help you learn and grow.
  • Work on a two-minute pitch that describes practicum or internship, who you are, your goals and why you are contacting them.
  • Use the University of Idaho’s Career Center to help you with your pitch, resume, cover letter, materials, practicing your pitch, mock interviews, building connections or career exploration or uncertainty.
  • Start looking for sites early as it can take several months to secure one.
  • Watch for the Practicum and Internship Coordinator’s emails that are sent regularly with opportunities, important dates and deadlines and reminders.

Specific tips for practicum sites

  • Review the Examples of Practicum, and do research to identify several ideas and possibilities.
  • Think about which semester, and which section during the semester, will work for your schedule. There are several sections during the year to choose from.
  • Think about your goals for the field experience. For example, what do you want to know or be able to do after your placement is over?

Specific tips for an internship site

  • MVSC 445: Internship Preparation and Professionalism is an eight-week course that is designed to help you explore careers, look at sites, get your materials ready and build confidence to find sites.
  • Check out the Examples of Internship Experiences, the Careers and Electives List, past Site Specs in the MVSC 445: Blackboard Learn class, and the internship opportunities emailed out.
  • Brainstorm ideas. Contact the Internship Coordinator. Chat with any of our knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty members.
  • Have your resume and goals for internship ready.
  • Be ready to speak about your interests, the internship course and to ask about their site, clients and internship application process.
  • Share the Welcome Packet with the site.
  • Follow up. If you have contacts and leads, reconnect with each to make sure all your materials (e.g., resume, cover letter, application) have been received and to share the Welcome Packet (if you have not already). Make a timeline for a third follow up and/or check based on their decision making timeline.

UI Career Center

Are you looking for a job, wondering about your career, or preparing to apply to graduate school?

You have access to a career advisor that specifically serves movement sciences students. Nicole Campbell, our new Career Development Liaison to the College of Education, is here to help students with:

  • Major and Career Exploration
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Job and Internship Searches
  • Mock Interviews and Interview Strategies
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Graduate School Applications

Nicole is available by appointment. Schedule an appointment by phone (208) 885-6039, email at coestudentservices@uidaho.edu or in person at ED 300.

Alternatively, visit the Career Services office in the Idaho Commons 334 or email careerservices@uidaho.edu.

UI Advisors and Faculty

Set an appointment to talk with your UI advisor or your professors for their assistance with career or degree planning.

Contact

Department of Movement Sciences

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2401
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401

Phone: (208) 885-7921

Fax: (208) 885-5929

Email: movementsciences@uidaho.edu

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