Internships and Independent Study Courses provide dynamic opportunties for Graduate Kinesiology students to personalize their study with real-world experience and focused research in their areas of interest. Check our Internship Opportunity Board for updates on available internship positions.

Current students interested in pursuing an internship or independent study course will first need to contact Professor Bill Manning, wmanning@stmarys-ca.edu, to obtain initial approval. Please do not begin the process by registering for either KINES 395 or KINES 399 on GaelExpress. Students seeking a specific internship should have approval from their desired internship site prior to contacting Professor Manning.

After obtaining initial approval, students will then need to follow these steps to officially register for their internship or independent study:

Internships

  1. Submit the online Internship Petition to the Registrar. (The form is the same for both undergraduate and graduate students.)
  2. Please fill in the form as thoroughly as possible.
  3. Be sure to select "Graduate" under Class, and "Kinesiology" under both Major/Program and Course Department.
  4. Under Course Type select "395 Graduate." 
  5. Always specify how many units the internship will be fulfilling: 1, 2, or 3. Please keep in mind that a 3 unit internship requires 135 hours of work, a 2 unit internship requires 120 hours of work, and a 1 unit internship requires 90 hours of work over the course of the semester.
  6. In the Job Placement section list the name of your internship site and the work responsibilities and daily tasks you will be performing on-site during the course of the internship. This list should come from the job description advertising the internship and your site supervisor.
  7. In the Reading List section please list, in APA format, 5 - 10 scholarly resources that will help you perform the responsibilities required by the internship. For instance, if you're interning with a collegiate strength and conditioning team the following article would likely be a good resource to include in your reading list:

    • Smith, M.M., Sommer, A.J., Starkoff, B.E., & Devor, S.T. (2013). Crossfit-based high intensity power training improves maximal aerobic fitness and body composition. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 27(1), 3159-3172. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318289e59f

    If you need help compiling the reading list please consult with your site supervisor or academic adviser. If you run out of room for your list in the textbox provided please use the Upload Document button at the bottom of the form to upload a Word or PDF document containing your complete reading list.

  8. In the Internship Academic Project Outline section please list the three personal learning outcomes and academic requirements outlined in the department's internship guidelines. The information pertaining to the personal learning outcomes can be found on pages 2, 5, and 6. For additional information regarding the academic requirements please see items 12 - 15 on pages 3 and 4. Please address any questions regarding the academic requirements to your academic adviser.
  9. The Methods of Evaluation section is the same as the Internship Academic Project Outline section minus the personal learning outcomes, i.e. periodic meetings with your site supervisor and academic adviser, weekly journal/log entries, a final paper detailing your experience, and an evaluation form allowing you to rate the internship site and your overall experience. Site supervisors will also be asked to rate your performance over the course of the internship.
  10. Once all of the sections have been completed, click "Submit" at the bottom of the form.
  11. After the form has been submitted it will be sent electronically to Bill Manning (the academic adviser) and Derek Marks, Ph.D. (the Graduate Kinesiology director) for final approval.
  12. Once final approval is given, the Registrar will automatically create a section of KINES 395 and enroll you in it. Please be sure to check your schedule on GaelExpress to ensure that the class has been added and that the proper number of units has been specified.  

Independent Study Courses

To register for an Independent Study (IS) course please follow the steps listed below and adhere to the timeline included in the IS Student Checklist:

  1. Submit the online Independent Study Petition to the Registrar. (Please make sure that the form reads "Graduate/Professional Independent Study Petition at the top.) Please fill in the form as thoroughly as possible.
  2. Be sure to select "KINES-MA" under Course Department. If this is an independent study for a course that is already in the curriculum, i.e. KINES 324, then under Course Type select "97 Graduate" and under Course Number enter KINES and then the regular course number followed by 97, i.e. KINES-324-97.
  3. If the independent study course is not part of the curriculum select "399 Graduate" under Course Type and leave the Course Number field blank. 
  4. Always specify how many units the independent study course will be fulfilling: 1, 2, or 3. Please keep in mind that a 3 unit independent study requires at least 135 hours of work (research, meetings with adviser, etc.), a 2 unit independent study requires 120 hours of work, and a 1 unit independent study requires 90 hours of work over the course of the semester.
  5. The information required for the Content, Method of Inquiry and Accountability, Reading List, and Method of Evaluation sections should be pre-arranged with your independent study instructor.
  6. Once all of the sections have been completed, click "Submit" at the bottom of the form.
  7. After the form has been submitted it will be sent electronically to your faculty adviser and Dr. Marks, Graduate Program Director, for final approval.
  8. Once final approval is given, the Registrar will automatically create a section of either KINES 399 or KINES - 97 and enroll you in it. Please be sure to check your schedule on GaelExpress to ensure that the class has been added and that the proper number of units has been specified.
  9. For additional information on the department guidelines and independent study requirements, please click here.

The deadline for submitting both forms is 5:00 PM on the Last Day of the Add/Drop period for the semester. For Fall 2014 the deadline is September 10th. If you have any questions or require any assistance completing these forms please contact Rachel Foote, rmf6@stmarys-ca.edu.

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