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Internships are a key component of all Kinesiology degree programs – in fact, every single student in the department does one. We have an internship director who will work with you to find a position that’s suited to your strengths and interests. You might work in a school, physical therapy clinic, hospital, cardiac rehab center, or health and wellness company, just to name a few possibilities.
To find out what some of our students have done for internships, as well as what they’ve done with their internship experiences, check out our Student Profiles.
Exercise Science Internships
The Kinesiology internship (KIN 484) provides undergraduate students with a one-semester experiential learning opportunity in a kinesiology-related setting. The internship experience is a critical part of the Exercise Science curriculum, as it gives you hands-on experience that may be applied to clinical hours that are often required for advanced graduate program admission or to give you valuable work experience.
To set up your internship experience, you will identify a site based on your professional interest area (e.g. physical/occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, etc.) and work with both the site supervisor and the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator to determine possible placement. You will be supervised by qualified professionals at your internship site, and also by our Kinesiology Internship Coordinator. See a list of potential internship sites here.
To qualify for this internship you must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 in Kinesiology courses and junior or senior standing. There are other course requirements that need to be fulfilled prior to starting the internship experience.
PHETE Student Teaching Internships
The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Program prepares teachers in the skills and content knowledge to effectively teach physical education to students in grades K-12. Upon successful completion of the program and state required exams, graduates are qualified to become certified physical education teachers (K-12) in Rhode Island, as well as in many other states throughout the U.S.
The Student Teaching semester is the culminating experience for PHETE majors, and gives students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during their professional academic preparation. The student teaching experience is a critical part of the preparation of professional teachers. It serves as a bridge between academic preparation and the first full year as a teacher.
To qualify for this internship you must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 in Kinesiology courses. There are course and certification test requirements that need to be fulfilled prior to starting the internship experience.
Internships in Australia
URI and its affiliate, The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), offer qualifying Kinesiology majors the opportunity to complete their Supervised Field Experience in Australia. These internships can take place in one of three locations: Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne. Students not only have the opportunity to gain future career experience, but a greater cultural understanding through immersion in the Australian occupational environment and participation in three cultural excursions organized by TEAN.
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