KINESIOLOGY INTERNSHIP & PRACTICUM
Internship and practicum allows students to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world situations. At WSU College of Education, internship is integrated into the coursework to to prepare students for the real-world.
- KINES 390 is a 1-credit practicum course
- KINES 485 is 10-12 credit internship course that students are required to do after the completion of all major-related coursework.
View course information and requirements:
For more information, refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
*Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. The typical on-site professional experience or “online alternative coursework” is negotiated during COVID-19 for flexibility in meeting student needs.
*Students may enroll in KINES 390 and KINES 485 BEFORE locating a professional site and during open enrollment for classes.
*KINES 390 required paperwork will be submitted to the course online assignments page once the semester begins.
*KINES 485 required paperwork will be emailed upon internship application approval.
Get credits while studying abroad that could satisfy practicum or internship requirements! See below for more information.
* Study abroad programs are organized through the International Programs Office.
Practicum and Internship Credit through Study Abroad
Some Experiences for Kinesiology Students:
KINES 390 – Hearts in Motion (spring break trip, Guatemala)
KINES 485 – Camp Adventure (various locations & semesters)
KINES 485 – Independent Placements with Study Abroad Providers (I.e., Spain, Germany, Australia)
Find out more about study abroad programs and how to apply at WSU International Programs.
Where can I go?
- Internationally (plan ahead)
- Nationally (other universities, nearby states, researched opportunities)
- State wide (many students return home and target sites)
- Locally (Pullman has a few great options or surrounding communities)
What are the requirements?
- Meet all prerequisites for KINES 485
- Plan ahead and meet with sites/supervisors (seek internship/job)
- Paid, unpaid, stipend, other
- Complete application (online survey submission – see deadlines)
- When approved, complete Affiliation agreement & liability form
What do I do first?
- Attend a group intern meeting the semester prior (or earlier)
- Research sites of interest (likely from KINES 390, location, type of experience)
- Approach sites to inquire about internship/job opportunity (plan ahead)
- Depending on site and opportunity, think about learning goals/outcomes to achieve
- Depending on site and opportunity, think about major project/product to complete
How do I find an internship?
- Past experiences/relationships with professionals/sites
- Review sites from WSU kinesiology list
- Google search/online search (explore areas of interest)
- Use your network
- Recruited/sites seeking kinesiology students
What’s expected of the site?
- Mentor intern to meet learning goals and/or employee to meet job expectations
- Mentor/supervisor will engage student with daily/weekly tasks, or duties
- Mentor/supervisor provides feedback for improvement and challenges student learning
- Mentor/supervisor provides formal evaluation (online survey) of student performance
- Willing to provide letter of recommendation or endorsement for student if deserving