Gain valuable experience and skills in a professional arena. Students who take the time to search out their options are usually rewarded with an internship that meets or exceeds their expectations. As a student, you are responsible to find your own internship. However, there are many resources available, including kinesiology contacts, career services, and any other contacts available.
Note the important dates (indicated in bold) presented in this checklist and work with your advisor to meet these deadlines. This could mean weekly meetings with your advisor or two or three meetings throughout the semester. Please keep this checklist and document your progress throughout the semester preceding the internship by entering the date that each task is completed.
- Meet with your advisor during the first two weeks of the semester prior to doing your internship. Create a timetable for handing in the following assignments during the first half of the semester:
- Student's goals and objectives for the internship – What do you want to learn?
- Student assessment of his/her strengths and weaknesses – What kind of experiences do you need or want in your internship?
- What other things do you need to consider in finding an internship? (certifications, geographical locations, compensation, population served, etc.). If you plan to do an internship outside of the state of Michigan, you will need to check the compatible states. For different reasons, internships in certain states are prohibited.
- Name and address of the agency
- Name, phone number, and email of your immediate supervisor (internship supervisor)
- Fax number of agency (supervisor)
- Student information during the internship – Name, local address, telephone number, and email address
- An updated list of your goals and objectives, which you can present to your internship supervisor during your first week of work
- Proof that there is an affiliation agreement between Calvin and your agency. As soon as you have been offered and have accepted an internship, work with your advisor to make sure this in place before this meeting.
- During this mandatory meeting, all academic requirements for the internship will be presented and discussed.
Internship process for exercise and sports management
KIN 346 is the internship course for exercise science and sport management students and is supervised by Professor Vande Streek.
- Early in the semester prior to the semester in which you plan to have an internship, you should think about the following things:
- Goals and objectives for the internship—what do you want to learn?
- Assess your personal strengths and weaknesses—what kind of experiences do you want or need in your internship?
- What other considerations do you need to consider in finding an internship? Things like certifications, geographical locations, transportation, compensation, population served, etc.