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Who is required to complete KINE 463?

When can I enroll in KINE 463?

Who helps me plan my fieldwork experience?

Do I have to do my fieldwork in San Luis Obispo?

Do I have to complete all hours in one quarter?

If I completed a summer internship before coming to Cal Poly, can that count as credit for KINE 463?

What should I do if I've already been accepted into an internship for this coming summer/quarter?


Who is required to complete KINE 463?

All students in the Exercise Science and Health Promotion /Education tracks. Students in the ICS concentration are not required to complete 463. ICS students should meet with their advisor to review specific program requirements. 

When can I enroll in KINE 463?

Students are required to hold junior or senior status to apply for fieldwork placement. The application will be reviewed by Fieldwork Coordinator and student to determine the most appropriate quarter for fieldwork placement. Many factors will influence the quarter of placement: remaining courses, geographical location, career goals, site availability, etc. Students must be aware of deadlines and KINE 463 meetings. Students are encouraged to meet with Fieldwork Coordinator prior to junior year to get more specific information. 

Who helps me plan my fieldwork experience?

Students should begin by reviewing the fieldwork web page and printing a copy of the KINE 463 Fieldwork Manual. The next step is to meet with Fieldwork Coordinator, fill out application (pages 15 & 16 in Kine 463 Manual), and determine appropriate quarter for fieldwork experience. Please review manual prior to meeting with coordinator. Other materials to bring to first meeting: concentration flow chart, list of remaining courses, projected quarter courses will be taken. 

Do I have to do my fieldwork in San Luis Obispo?

No, fieldwork may be completed anywhere in the world! The Kinesiology department has long standing relationships with many community organizations, but students are strongly advised to identify facilities that offer experiences closely related to the student’s professional goals. The Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Fresno are popular destinations for Cal Poly fieldwork students. Students should research the geographical location of interest and identify potential fieldwork sites. The Fieldwork Coordinator will also have a list of sites in various areas. 

Do I have to complete all hours in one quarter?

It is strongly recommended that students complete all required hours in one quarter. Students MUST be enrolled in school during the quarter of their fieldwork experience. Exceptions may occur due to the needs of the fieldwork site. Specific sites require a multi-quarter commitment. Consent of Fieldwork Coordinator and On-Site Supervisor are needed before a student is able to complete a multi-quarter fieldwork experience. A student who does not complete ALL hours in the designated time period will receive an RP (report in progress) until the hours and documentation are completed. An RP becomes an F if hours are not completed in one year from the date of enrollment. Not completing internship hours may have negative effects on GPA, graduation date, and/or requirements for graduate school. 

If I completed a summer internship before coming to Cal Poly, can that count as credit for KINE 463?

Retroactive credit is not given for previous internships. The department wants to ensure that students are given real responsibility and can gain valueable industry related experience from their internship. 

What should I do if I've already been accepted into an internship for this coming summer/quarter?

Email Jenny Olmstead at jdolmste@calpoly.edu with information about the organization and position you will be filling as soon as possible. It is critical for students to have a supervisor/mentor figure during their experience in order to get the most out of the fieldwork. If possible, students should include the name, position, and contact information of their supervisor at their internship in the email to Jenny. 

 

 

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