Student internships are designed to complement the studentsâ€™ education in their particular field of study. Â With departmental approval, students may earn from 2-12 credits for participation in an established internship. Â The purpose of an internship is to provide a supervised real-life work experience in which the student may:
- relate theory with practice
- focus on life goals
- seek direction for academic projects or theses
- seek specific direction for a future career
- fulfill prerequisites for graduate education
- enhance leadership and communication skills
A minimum of 35 hours on-the-job is required for each hour of college credit. Â Therefore, student internships in Biokinetics are a minimum of 70 hours for 2 college credits. Â Students must perform the majority of internship hours during the semester for which they have registered for the internship. Â Students will register for BKIN 495 and earn a letter grade upon completion of the internship. Â Guidelines for evaluation are outlined in requirements below.
Internships are highly recommended, but not required in Biokinetics. Â Prior to the internship, the student is required to successfully complete (C or above) Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Exercise Testing & Prescription, Field Experience in Biokinetics, and Physiology of Exercise. Â Other courses may be required depending on the skills needed for the internship. Â [Exceptions may be made on an individual basis.]
Students desiring an internship should meet with their advisor to determine the best time in their 4-year plan to pursue this option. Â During the internship, the student will be expected to perform services within the guidelines for interns in the chosen facility/institution, and in accordance with accepted practice standards. Â Dr. Greenwood will arrange and evaluate internships and act as the students' contact person regarding all aspects of the internship experience: e.g., requirements, evaluation, problems or concerns with the facility, etc.
Daily Log/Journal (25 points)Â
Students are required to keep a log of each work session. Â This log should include:
problems encountered, including assessments, interventions, outcomes
personal observations regarding the facility, staff, patients/clients (include any revelations, frustrations, new ideas)
hours worked (this should be signed by an immediate supervisor on site)
This log may be hand written, but must be neat, legible, and appropriately dated.
Case Study or Project (50 points)
Students are asked to choose an interesting or typical case encountered in the facility, then complete these two assignments:
- Write a case history of that client/patient. Â Include a detailed description of the client/patientâ€™s health problems/needs, an evaluation of the patientâ€™s status, appropriate interventions, and how those interventions can be (are being) implemented by the staff and the intern.
- Choose a journal article, written within the last 5 years, that addresses some aspect of the client/patientâ€™s health (e.g., disease, injury, therapy). Â Write a critique of the article.
These reports should be typed in a size 12 font, double-spaced, and referenced, where appropriate, in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual. The left margin should be 1.5â€ť, and the top, bottom, and right margins should be 1â€ť.
Student will decide on a project area with their internship supervisor. Â Each project must be approved by Dr. Greenwood. Â Examples of projects include:
- Health education bulletin board series for corporate wellness
- Develop, Implement and evaluate a health education class
- Develop, implant and evaluate an exercise class for a special health population
- Conduct or assist in research being conducted. Design a presentation on this research.
Paper (50 points)
Students are required to write a summary report that details the internship experience. Â This should include all of the following:
- Facility- A description of the facility/institution mission statement/objectives of the facility/institution services provided and standard procedures (guidelines) patient/client base (population served) accreditation agencies (e.g., NATA, ACSM, AMA) business hierarchy (e.g., president, managers, physicians, PTâ€™s) marketing strategies (e.g., brochures, web sites) safety procedures/emergency contingency plans
- Experience- Your role in that setting typical daily schedule of a staff member in that setting skills learned, therapies used things you like about the job, things you did not like about the job how you see God's mission for you in that setting.
This paper should be typed in a size 12 font, double-spaced, and referenced where appropriate in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual or an established writing standard. Â (Student should use the same writing style throughout the entire paper.) Â The left margin should be 1.5â€ť, and the top, bottom, and right margins should be 1â€ť.
Summary Portfolio (25 points)Â
All of the assignments completed over the internship should be collected and presented for evaluation in portfolio form. This is a chance for the student to submit, in a creative way, documentation of their work experience. Â Portfolios can include photographs, brochures, pictures, drawings, etc., as the student sees fit to present an interesting, complete, and unique representation of their internship experience. Â Summary portfolios should be completed by the end of the internship. Â They are due by the last day of final exams for the semester.Â