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Sport and Exercise Science Internship Program
The Internship Program for the Department of Sport and Exercise Science is intended for students to observe and gain practical experience in a professional environment in which they plan to work as a career. Students must be at the junior/senior level, have a 2.0 GPA and are required to complete 12 credits (540 hours) of internship before graduation. Students must be enrolled in PE 490 as an exercise science major in the Sport and Exercise Science Program while completing internship hours. The student’s academic advisor and participating organization supervisor coordinate the internship. A faculty supervisor (an Exercise Science faculty member) will supervise the Internship program each academic term (Fall/Spring/Summer).
 
Objectives of an Internship
1. To apply learned theory in a practical work environment
2. To further develop professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined for each Exercise Science career interest by appropriate professional organizations (ACSM, AAPHERD, NSCA, etc.)
3. To establish groundwork and provide networking for professional development and growth in a career
4. To further help students recognize their own strengths and weaknesses both personally and professionally
5. To facilitate students as they assess personal ambitions in their chosen Exercise Science career path
6. To prepare students for employment or graduate education
 
Internship Features
1. The intern is expected to have an opportunity to practice all the responsibilities of the professional environment as allowed by the participating organization.
2. The intern may be given a stipend for the internship experience, but it is not expected. If the internship is to be completed in a location where the student is simultaneously employed the internship must provide him/her with a full range of work experiences outside their current scope of practice (i.e., not what they are currently doing in their job).
3. The internship experience should include general responsibilities of the environment, management and administration of the facilities, learning the programming software necessary for the job, and general requirements of employment.
4. Where permitted, interns should observe, study and assist in carrying out the facility’s practices and policies, help design and implement program activities, help with facility maintenance and operation, and assist with specialized duties of the organization supervisor or his/her coworkers.
5. The faculty supervisor will keep in touch in person, by phone or email with the organization supervisor at least twice during the internship. The faculty supervisor may visit the worksite periodically if the internship is within the greater Jacksonville Florida area.
 
Organization Characteristics that Provide the Internship
1. The organization is expected to provide a helpful illustration of work experience for each intern, which will play a role in his/her professional development and growth.
2. The organization must have sufficient resources to supply the intern with a suitable experience.
3. The organization must employ the person who serves as the internship/volunteer supervisor. It is expected that the supervisor is competent in fulfilling the objectives outlined below and be an employee who is committed to helping student interns develop and grow into professionals.
 
Organization Supervisor Responsibilities
1. To provide the organization’s communication between the university and organization employees
2. To create a job environment to facilitate the intern’s growth and development in their responsibilities and duties
3. To introduce the intern and the internship opportunity to the organization’s staff and assist the intern to have appropriate interaction with the staff
4. To aid the intern in understanding their work duties and responsibilities as it correlates with the organization and its clients
5. To outline the responsibilities of the intern and assist their development and growth by:
     a. Setting appropriate goals and objectives with the intern
     b. Meeting regularly to discuss operational methods, problems, and leadership techniques and any additional issues that will facilitate the intern in meeting his/her internship goals
     c. Keeping the intern up to date on all regulations and rules
6. The intern’s work will be evaluated by the internship organization supervisor through the following methods:
     a. Planned and unplanned meetings with the intern
     b. Planned correspondence with the faculty supervisor via email, phone or in person
     c. Provide review and feedback of the intern’s work during the internship
     d. Completion of the mid
term and final evaluation forms and discussion with the intern
     e. Thirty percent of the student’s internship grade is from the evaluation processes of the organization supervisor
 
Faculty Supervisor Responsibilities
1. To be accountable for the university's communication end of the internship
2. To provide support and advice to the student
3. To oversee arrangements for and endorse internship contracts
4. To maintain the lines of communication with the organization supervisor
5. To be available for consultation if necessary and act as a resource individual for the student and organization supervisor
6. To assess internship reports and the performance of the student
     a. The student’s final grade is given by the faculty supervisor using the following guidelines
          1. Mid-term and final evaluation by the organization’s supervisor (30%)
          2. Weekly work logs signed by the organization supervisor (10%)
          3. Weekly reflection journals completed by the student and evaluated by the faculty supervisor (30%)
          4. Final Project Portfolio submitted by the student to the faculty supervisor upon completion of the internship (30%)
 
Student Responsibilities
1. To select the placement of the internship site, establish initial communication with the organization, outline the internship agreement with your academic advisor and gain final approval from the faculty supervisor for the internship experience
2. Students must complete all assignments and requirements by the dates assigned by the faculty supervisor.
3. Students are required to complete and submit all of the following documents to their Sport and Exercise Science academic advisor and/or faculty supervisor. These documents may be found on the Blackboard website (www.blackboard.ju.edu) under the course "Department of Sport and Exercise Science" and within the 'internships' tab.
     a. Personal Goals and Professional Aspirations Letter: to be completed and reviewed by the faculty advisor before the initial organization contact [New Item]
     b. Student Intern Checklist: to be completed prior to registration for the internship
     c. Department of Sport and Exercise Science Internship Contract: to be completed and signed by the internship organization supervisor in consultation with the student, signed by the student's academic advisor, the faculty supervisor and submitted to the Department of Sport and Exercise Science Chair two weeks prior to the beginning of the academic term in which the internship will be completed
     d. Weekly Work Logs: completed at the end of each week, signed by organization supervisor and submitted to the faculty supervisor via Blackboard
     e. Weekly Reflection Journal: a reflection of the worksite experience from the preceding week is submitted to the faculty supervisor via Blackboard
     f. Midterm and Final Evaluations: the organization supervisor and intern will complete, discuss and sign the evaluation form before the organization supervisor emails it to the faculty supervisor
     g. Student Internship Site Evaluation: complete the internship organization evaluation upon completion of the internship and submit via Blackboard to the faculty supervisor [New Item]
     h. Final Project Portfolio to be submitted to the faculty supervisor. The Portfolio must include:
          1. Cover page
          2. Table of Contents
          3. Original hardcopy of the weekly log of hours completed for the internship (signed by organization supervisor)
          4. Hardcopies of the weekly reflection journals
          5. Pictures of the student in the working environment at the internship organization facilities
          6. The student is required to highlight one (1) project they were involved in during their internship experience
               a. Write a 3-5 page summary of the project (double spaced)
               b. Description of the project
               c. Role student held within the project
               d. Outcome of the project
               e. Impact the project had on student's educational experience
               f. Appendix -Samples of important items key to the internship experience (i.e., memos, flyers, reports, etc.)
 
Department of Sport and Exercise Science Faculty Supervisor Information
Dr. Heather Hausenblas, Associate Professor of Exercise Science, 904-256-7975, hhausen@ju.edu
Dr. Buffy Maetozo, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, 904-256-7207, gmaetoz@ju.edu
Dr. Chris Robertson, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Department Chair, 904-256-7689, crobert17@ju.edu