Internships in Kinesiology
Kinesiology students have the opportunity to gain extraordinary real-world experience while earning course credit by completing an internship/fieldwork. Internships enable students to develop an understanding and working knowledge of actual operations, events, planning, and management within the field of Kinesiology. The internship experience is an essential component in a student's course of study designed to facilitate the integration of theoretical, applied and academic subject matter in our field.
Information for Students
Finding an internship/fieldwork. The following are resources to help you locate an internship to apply for.
- Kinesiology student email list. Make sure you are on the email distribution list for the department. The internship manager and department chair regularly send information out to students regarding internship (and job) opportunities. If you are not on the list, contact Winston Kwong (KIN staff) at email@example.com and ask to be added to the student email list.
- Faculty. Recommendations and/or contacts may be available through your designated Academic Advisor.
- Career Center Website. Good resources when looking and preparing for an internship are on the SJSU Career Center's website:
Once you have secured an internship/fieldwork, in collaboration with your internship site supervisor complete the relevant forms (see below) and turn them in to Dr. Shifflett (Kinesiology Internship Manager) through the Kinesiology main office. Upon approval, Dr. Shifflett will contact you with add code information.
- A total of 50 hours for each unit is required.
- Read the syllabus for your internship/fieldwork carefully and adhere to the guidelines provided.
- An internship/fieldwork report (details in Canvas) is due the last day of class in a semester.
- Internship hours must be completed by the last day of classes in the semester you are enrolled - incomplete grades are not given.
- Wondering where students before you have interned? Check the past internships list we have begun to compile.
- Questions? Contact the KIN internship manager (Dr. Shifflett) at firstname.lastname@example.org
To allow enough time to process all KIN forms and the UOC (university-organization contract), the deadlines for getting all paperwork in to the KIN main office each term are set in advance of the last day to enroll.
Fall 2015: Monday, August 31st, 4pm
Winter 2016: Tuesday, December 8th (2015), 4pm
Spring 2016: Friday, February 5th, 4pm
Summer 2016: Monday, May 16th, 4pm
An online orientation session for students is provided twice a year. Typically in January and August. The online session is open to all students and is particularly helpful to those about to begin an internship/fieldwork. The specific date and time will be provided through the student email distribution list. Below is a link to the slides from the most recent orientation session.
- KIN 198, Internship in Kinesiology Forms
- KIN 198, Internship in Kinesiology Syllabus
- KIN 285, Internship in Kinesiology Forms
- KIN 285, Internship in Kinesiology Syllabus
- KIN 170D, Fieldwork in Sport Management Forms
- KIN 170D, Fieldwork in Sport Management Syllabus
- KIN 280, Advanced Fieldwork in Sport Management Forms
- KIN 280, Advanced Fieldwork in Sport Management Syllabus
Additional information and a template to follow for the internship/fieldwork report are found on the Canvas site for internships and fieldwork.
University - Organization Agreement
This document is the formal contract between SJSU and an internship/fieldwork. SJSU has several contracts/agreements already in place - check link below. If you or your site supervisor believe a contract/agreement already exists and is not listed, contact Dr. Shifflett and she can check further.
Some of our Kinesiology courses have a service-learning component. If you are enrolled in such a course complete the form below, obtain your instructor's signature, and turn form in to Dr. Shifflett through the KIN main office.
Information for Site Supervisors
If you would like to set up an internship with our program, begin by contacting Dr. Shifflett (email@example.com) and provide information she can forward to the students about the internship opportunity. Minimally, students would need an explanation about the opportunity available, how to apply, and what qualifications students should have.
To get paperwork in place for the internship you can do one of two things. Either (a) wait until you recruit a student then complete our university-organization agreement (UOA) or (b) complete that form now in anticipation of having a student intern from SJSU. The link to the UOA is above. It needs to be completed and signed by the person in your organization with legal signature authority for contracts. Once completed, send to Dr. Shifflett as an attachment to email with a request to establish an internship.
If you have already established an internship with our program, there is no need to turn in a new UOA with each new intern you work with. The duration of the contract is five years.
The list of approved contracts is available here:
Near the end of the semester an evaluation of the student's performance will be needed. Dr. Shifflett will provide site supervisors with the link via email.
Thank you to all of our affiliated sites for your interest and participation in our Kinesiology Internship program. Your support and guidance complements our students' academic experiences and helps prepare them to transition from school to their careers. Your time is greatly appreciated by all. Please contact the Kinesiology internship manager (Dr. Shifflett) if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org