Kinesiology and Public Health - Internships
For the Cal Poly Academic Catalog 2019-2020, the internship experience is an option for students in Kinesiology and Public Health. It offers students practical experience at an approved agency that provides exercise, fitness, and/or public health promotion programs as a capstone experience. Students participate in program administration under the direct supervision of an approved on-site coordinator as a capstone experience. This experience is designed to bridge a student’s academic study with their professional development and career goals. Internships are not restricted to San Luis Obispo County.
KINE 463 - Exercise Science and Health Promotion Fieldwork
Junior or Senior standing, minimum GPA of 2.0, successful completion of relevant coursework in their major and for the agency where they will complete their internship.
HLTH 463 - Public Health Internship
Prerequisite: Senior standing; completion of graduation writing requirement; minimum GPA of 3.0; HLTH/KINE 434; and HLTH/KINE 435.
- Students are highly encouraged to arrange their own internship much like securing future employment in their chosen profession. Also, internships provide agencies with the opportunity to assess potential employees and to be a partner in the preparation of future professionals.
- Students may choose from a list of agencies where previous students have interned. Students will still need to contact the agency and on-site supervisor to obtain an internship.
- A student’s current employment may qualify for credit but must be preapproved.
- Students can do an internship fall, winter, spring and/or summer quarters. Internships are secured at least one quarter prior to the experience.
- Internships involve 200 hours of practical, career related experience over one or two quarters.
Prior to Internship
- Students meet with the Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health faculty internship coordinator according to the timeframe listed below prior to the internship experience to determine if the prerequisites are met.
- Students adhere to this initial meeting time:
Fall Quarter – meet 1 st week of Spring quarter
Winter Quarter – 1 st week of Fall quarter
Spring Quarter – 1 st week of Winter quarter
Summer Quarter – 1 st week in February
- Begin the Summer Internship Application and Contract Form
- Submit a current resume and cover letter.
- Verification of CPR/AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator) certification if applicable to the internship.
- Completion of an Internship Application and Contract Form confirming location, site supervisor approval, expectations, goals and objectives for the internship.
- Completion of two forms required by Academic Program and Planning – University Release Agreement and Site Self-Assessment and Student Acknowledgement of Risks
- By the 6 th week of the quarter prior to the internship, ensure all documents have been completed.
- Once approved, students register for the KINE 463 or HLTH 463. Add codes will be provided. Students can register for 1 to 3 units.
- During the internship, students are to post weekly logs, noting days and hours worked on PolyLearn. These logs are also to reflect a student’s experience, what they have learned, areas needed for improvement, and a significant experience they had in the week.
- The Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health faculty internship coordinator will send the on-site supervisor two student evaluations midway and at final week of the internship.
After the Internship
The student submits the Student Exit Questionnaire and Reflection on PolyLearn by Friday of the last week of the quarter.