Internships (Fitness Track Only)
Expected Learning Objectives and Outcomes
An internship is required for ESS-Exercise Science students in the
Fitness Track (not required for students in the Pre-professional Track)
and is designed to be a culminating experience in which
students put into practice what they have learned in fitness-related courses. It is also designed to
give students experience in a specific area of interest within the fitness
industry. Some of the expected objectives/outcomes from the internship include:
- Demonstrate the use of health and fitness field and laboratory
instruments, techniques, procedures and equipment
- Demonstrate the ability to administer appropriate test protocols
for evaluating the components of health-related fitness (cardiovascular
endurance, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance,
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and interpret
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement individualized exercise
prescriptions based on participant's personal information, goals,
and test results
- Develop the ability to modify exercise
prescription plans and to assist participants with long-term program
- Demonstrate leadership in aerobic
exercise, strength, flexibility, and other areas of fitness
- Demonstrate personal and professional qualities in teaching
life-long fitness activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming,
aerobic dance, strength training, stretching, etc.
Need to take a semester or two off prior to starting
Any interruption in your continuous enrollment at UW-L makes
a reentry application necessary - summer and winter intersession
are excluded. In order to re-enroll at UW-L after sitting-out
for one or more semesters, file the online UW System application
- indicating you are a reentry student. This application form is
available on the UW-L website's front page. If you are
reentering for the spring semester file your application on or
after September 1st; if you are reentering for the summer or
fall semesters file your reentry application on or after January
1st. There is no danger of being denied reentry when you leave
UW-L in good academic standing. Please refer questions about the
status of the reentry application to the Office of Records and
Registration, 117 Graff Main, (608) 785-8951.
Students will need to work the equivalent of 40 hours per week for the
semester that they intern. Because Fall and Spring semesters are 14 weeks
long, students interning during these semesters will need to log at
least 560 hours. The summer semester is 12 weeks long so the minimum
internship hour requirement is 480. Students may adjust the number of weeks
they work by changing the rate at which they accumulate hours. Students
are asked to
contact the ESS-Exercise Science Program Director immediately if they need an extension to
complete their internship hours after the semester has ended.
Seven Steps to Take
- Select a site. Many
ESS-Fitness majors find an internship site from a
listing of recent sites
used by previous
students. Others use Internet searches, telephone directories,
listings from professional organizations, and other methods for
selecting a site.
Obtain approval to work at
a selected site
ESS-Exercise Science Program Director. This approval must be granted prior to registration for the internship.
- Register for ESS 450 section
001 for 12 Credit Hours.
- BEFORE LOGGING
and turn in the following
- Board of Regents Agreement Form. Choose the appropriate
form (typically fixed-term) from this web site: www.uwlax.edu/budgetandfinance/contracts/forms.htm.
- Internship Position Description
- Internship Contract
Crosse does not officially consider
a student properly
enrolled as an intern until his or her initial forms (see letter "A" above) are signed and on file with
of all parties involved.
hours. The contract specifies that the student
agrees to perform specific tasks or accomplish goals and the internship
site agrees to provide assistance for the student in his/her efforts to
reach those tasks/goals. Specific starting and ending dates need to be
established and added to the contract. Once the internship begins, interns are required to behave in a manner that reflects unquestionable
professionalism. It is anticipated that an intern will follow the charge
given them by his/her supervisors. While an intern is expected to
perform a variety of functions, he/she is not charged with performing
any illegal acts.
- DURING THE
of hours worked.
- Turn-in all
Work Progress Report forms (one form for each quarter of
must mail-in two completed
Employer’s Evaluation forms (one at the middle and one at the end of
director know immediately if there
are any changes or problems with the internship.
- AFTER THE
REQUIRED INTERNSHIP HOURS ARE
- Turn-in a completed Intern Report.
- A cover page with the student's name, the starting and ending dates of the internship, and site information (e.g., site name, supervisor’s name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, web addresses, etc.).
- The body of the report should address the following questions:
- What specific duties and responsibilities were performed as an intern?
- What qualifications does the site require of their interns?
- Was the experience relevant and challenging?
- How existing skills were used during the internship?
- What new skills were acquire during the internship?
- What was the housing situation?
- Was the internship paid? If so, how much?
- Did the internship include fringe benefits (e.g., paid certification fees, free admission to events, clothing, meals, housing, etc.)?
- Did the internship experience lead to an employment opportunity?
- Should this site be recommend to future UW-L interns?
- Other relevant comments about the experience?
Attach additional materials that may be useful to future UW-L students wanting to intern at the site (e.g., business cards, pamphlets, photographs, etc.).
- TO CONCLUDE
forms, and reports
materials must be received
on or before the
Last Day Of Classes. If materials are late, students may fail or receive an
incomplete for the course.
to stay in
Return all Materials and/or Address Questions to:
Richard P. Mikat, Ph.D., FACSM
ESS-Exercise Science Program Director
129 Mitchell Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-8177
Fax: (608) 785-8172