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Department of Kinesiology

Kinesiology Undergraduate Degree

KIN 492 / 493 Internship in Kinesiology

Course Description

This Internship Course (the “KIN-ternship”) is designed to be a culminating experience for students who will graduate with a Major in Kinesiology. Our hope for you during this internship is that you will gain a practical experience in the Kinesiology domain, acquire skills and knowledge that could help with a potential career, and apply knowledge that you have learned throughout your undergraduate degree in a practical setting. We are pleased and excited to have each Kinesiology Major represent the Kinesiology Department, the College of Education, and MSU at your respective internship sites. In order to get the most out of your internship experience, we suggest you start considering internship possibilities and looking out for new potential experiences as soon as you have decided Kinesiology will be your major.  A minimum of three (3) credit hours of internship experiences is required for graduation from the Kinesiology program.  Students must work 60 hours for each credit earned

Frequently Asked Questions about the Internship Course

NOTE – KIN 411 (Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology) may be required for your particular internship experience! 

Whether or not KIN 411 (Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology) is required, either concurrently or prior to your internship experience, is determined by the duties that you will be responsible for during your internship and by the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator (Keri Morrison).  The Kinesiology Internship Coordinator has the final say in whether or not KIN 411 is required for your internship experience.  Please be sure to contact Keri Morrison (klm@msu.edu) prior to considering enrollment to confirm your internship experience requirements well in advance of when the internship begins.

The KIN 492 Internship course is for internships that contain duties that are not heavily related to physiology.  This typically includes (but is not limited to) internships in:

  • Pre-Professional and Allied Health Settings (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, other Medical Settings such as MD, DO, Nursing)
  • Athletic Administration
  • Athletic Training
  • Biomechanics
  • Growth and Motor Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Kinesiology (Sport Psychology, etc)
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • And some Coaching experiences (Note - some internships in this area may require KIN 411 prior to KIN 493 or concurrently depending on the duties you will take part in during the experience)

The KIN 493 Internship course is for internships that contain duties that are either directly or heavily related to physiology.  Whether or not you need KIN 411 to be taken either concurrently or prior to your internship depends on the duties for your particular internship. 
Internships/duties that require KIN 411 PRIOR to KIN 493:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology (practical duties and research based duties that entail exercise prescription or duties heavily related to the field of exercise physiology itself)
  • NOTE - Determination of whether or not KIN 411 prior to the internship lies in the hands of the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator (Keri Morrison) and it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to confirm what you need to do for your internship experiences PRIOR to the enrollment process as stated below.    

Internships/duties that will likely require KIN 411 PRIOR TO OR CONCURRENTLY with KIN 493:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness Leadership
    • Personal Training
    • Strength & Conditioning (Note - some internships in this area may require KIN 411 prior to KIN 493 depending on the duties you will take part in during the experience)
    • Exercise Prescription
    • Fitness Leader
    • Group Exercise Programming
    • Coaching (Note - some internships in this area may require KIN 411 prior to KIN 493 depending on the duties you will take part in during the experience)

NOTE – the lists above do not encompass the entirety of internships that students partake in and there are several other internship experiences that students may wish to complete.  Determination of what is required lies in the hands of the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator (Keri Morrison) and it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to confirm with her what you need to do for your internship experiences PRIOR to the enrollment process as stated below. 

*** Please keep in mind that KIN 310 is a prerequisite for KIN 411.  Please take this into consideration upon enrolling. ***

IS YOUR INTERNSHIP OUT OF STATE??

If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please contact Keri Morrison letting her know which state you are looking into. Certain states require a letter of intent that MUST be submitted by the Department of Kinesiology and approved by both the internship coordinator and the Provost’s office 60 to 90 days in advance of the internship (depending on location). Some states do not allow MSU students to do an internship at all. Please contact Keri Morrison for more information.

There is no possibility for internship credit for prior work experience. Please note that you may complete an internship outside of your chosen cognate, but you will be responsible for completing all pre and co-requisite courses for that internship. For example, if you are in the Psychological Aspects cognate and want to do a Personal Training type internship, you will need to take KIN 411 concurrently (or previously). Click on the menu items below for further information about the internship experience. Students may also contact Keri Morrison at 355-4740 or klm@msu.edu (email is preferred).

Office Hours: Fridays 2-4pm in room 135 IM Sports Circle (located within the main KIN Office, Room 134). Please email to confirm Keri's ability to attend her office hours prior to coming. Please double check the syllabus on this as well. Office hours have been canceled for November 24th from 2-4pm.

THE KIN 492/493 ENROLLMENT PROCESS HAS CHANGED
The KIN 492/493 Course will no longer be offering an in-person Mandatory Meeting after August 31st, 2017. Instead of the Mandatory Meeting, all KIN Majors in their Junior and Senior years will be automatically enrolled in the online mandatory, “KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Course” on D2L. This Pre-Enrollment Course will remain available to you throughout your Junior and Senior years. You will need to complete this course before emailing Keri Morrison the “Site Approval Questions”. This course should take no more than 1.5 hours to complete.

ENROLLMENT PART 1 – The Mandatory Pre-Enrollment Course:

It is the student's responsibility to complete the online Mandatory Pre-Enrollment Course (located on D2L) the semester BEFORE the semester you wish to complete the internship. You should have approximately 68 credits before you take this Pre-Enrollment Course (Note: you will need more than 88 credits to enroll in KIN 492/493, but will need to give yourself enough time to find an internship site). These are the recommended timelines for completing the KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Course: 

  • If you plan to take your KIN-ternship in the Spring Semester, you should complete the Pre-Enrollment Course by September 30th of the previous semester.
  • If you plan to take your KIN-ternship in the Summer Semester, you should complete the Pre-Enrollment Course by January 30th of the previous semester.
  • If you plan to take your KIN-ternship in the Fall semester, you should complete the Pre-Enrollment Course by May 30th of the previous semester.

Steps to take the KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Class:

STEP 1: Log on to D2L when you are a Junior or Senior in the KIN program.
STEP 2: Click My Home in the top left corner of your browser.
STEP 3: Look for and click on the course titled, “KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Course”, which is located under “Development Courses”.
STEP 4: Follow the instructions outlined on the course Homepage in order to receive your, “Certificate of Completion.” A copy of this certificate is required to be attached to the email when you send your, “Site Approval Questions” to Keri Morrison.
What to do if the KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Course is not appearing on D2L:

  • If you are a transfer student, or if there is some other reason this course is not appearing on your Home Page and you are a KIN Major in your Junior or Senior year, please email Mary-Anne Reid (reidmar2@msu.edu).

ENROLLMENT PART 2 – Securing your Internship Site and Obtaining Site Approval:

STEP 5:
Find & secure an internship site.

  • NOTE: ***Please read the information above about Out-of-State Internships***

STEP 6: Request approval for the site by:

    • Answering the Site Approval Questions and email them to Keri Morrison at (klm@msu.edu).
      • Be sure to attach the “Certificate of Completion” to your email from the Mandatory KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Course.
    • Complete the Affiliation Agreement - only if your site has not signed one before.

STEP 7: Receive the “Email of Site Approval” from Keri Morrison.

STEP 8: Complete the Request for Override and Enrollment in KIN 492/493 (links for specific semesters below) and upload the requested documents (Email of site approval from Keri Morrison and any necessary Affiliation Agreement[s]).

BE SURE TO CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER.

IMPORTANT: There are no exceptions to the following. The add/drop dates for KIN 492/493 are the same as for any course at MSU. These are set by the university and always described on the Registrar's website. You are responsible for knowing these dates. You cannot late add or late drop KIN 492/493. If you do not add/drop the course by the official dates you will get no refund and/or you will receive a zero point, and YOU WILL NOT GRADUATE.

Course Materials
Course materials are posted on an D2L web site (http://d2l.msu.edu) which may be accessed by students enrolled in KIN 492 / 493 in a given semester. The following information is provided below so that students can plan ahead for their internship experiences.