This Internship Course (the “KINternship”) 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 experience is required for graduation from the Kinesiology program. Students must work 60 hours* for each credit earned.
*As of May 14, 2018 students will be required to work 45 hours for each credit earned.
KIN 492 / 493 Enrollment Process
THE KIN 492 / 493 ENROLLMENT PROCESS
All KIN Majors in their Junior and Senior years will be automatically enrolled in the online mandatory, “KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module” on D2L. This Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module 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 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module
The mandatory “KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module”:
It is the student's responsibility to complete the online mandatory KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module (located on D2L) the semester BEFORE you wish to complete your 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). These are the recommended timelines for completing the KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module:
If you plan to take your KINternship in the Spring Semester, you should plan to complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by September 30th of the Fall Semester. You should find an internship site as soon as possible after taking the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module, but have until the end of the Fall Semester to submit your Site Approval Questions.
If you plan to take your KINternship in the Summer Semester, you should plan to complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by January 30th of the Spring Semester. You should find an internship site as soon as possible after taking the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module, but have until the end of the Spring Semester to submit your Site Approval Questions.
If you plan to take your KINternship in the Fall semester, you should plan to complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by May 30th of the Summer Semester. You should find an internship site as soon as possible after taking the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module, but have until the end of the Summer semester to submit your Site Approval Questions.
Steps to take the Mandatory KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module:
STEP 1: Log on to D2L when you are a Junior with more than 68 credits, or Senior in the KIN program. STEP 2: Click My Home in the top left corner of your browser. STEP 3: Look for (search) and click on the course titled, “KIN 492/493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module”, which is located under “Development Courses”. STEP 4: Follow the instructions outlined on the course Home Page in order to receive your, “Certificate of Completion.” A copy of this certificate is requiredto 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 Orientation Module 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 Homepage and you are a KIN Major in your Junior or Senior year, please email Mary-Anne Reid (email@example.com).
ENROLLMENT PART 2 - Internship Site Approval
Securing your Internship Site and Obtaining Site Approval:
STEP 1: Find & secure an internship site.
NOTE: ***Please read the information on this website about Out-of-State Internships***
STEP 3: Receive the “Email of Site Approval” from Keri Morrison.
STEP 4:NEW REQUIREMENT as of March 2018: Complete the Criminal Background Check Consent form (request sent via email on March 16th from "MSU KINternship Program"). Please email Mary-Anne Reid [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you are planning to enroll in KIN 492/493 for Summer 2018 and did not receive the email with instructions.
STEP 5: Complete the “Application to Enroll”, which acts as a request for Override and Enrollment in KIN 492 / 493 (links for specific semesters below). Be sure to upload the requested documents (Email of site approval from Keri Morrison and a copy of the Affiliation Agreement if needed).
Please only use the "Application to Enroll" link below for the semester in which you hope to enroll. We will post the Application to Enroll for a given semester midway through the previous semester.
Summer 2018 Application to Enroll (will become available by March 31st. Please be sure to complete Step 4 above, which is a new part of the enrollment process as of March 2018).
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.
Determining KIN 492 versus KIN 493
Taking KIN 492 versus KIN 493 is based on the specific job duties a student will complete at their internship site.KIN 493 is for internship sites that are heavily rooted in physiology, and thus requires students to take KIN 411 (Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology) either prior to or concurrently with the internship class. Please keep in mind, KIN 310 (Physiological Bases of Physical Activity) is a pre-requisite for KIN 411 and should be taken into account as you are planning.
Internships/duties that require KIN 411 PRIOR to KIN 493:
Internships/duties that will likely require KIN 411 PRIOR to or CONCURRENTLY with KIN 493:
Group Exercise Programming
The KIN 492 Internship course is for internships that contain duties that are not heavily related to physiology. Some examples of KIN 492 Internships include:
Pre-Professional and Allied Health Settings (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, MD, DO, Nursing)
Growth and Motor Development
Adapted Physical Activity
Psychosocial Aspects of Kinesiology
Orthotics and Prosthetics
The lists above only provide some examples of internships that students have participated in the past, and thus is not an exclusive list. Determination of an appropriate internship site, and if KIN 411 is required prior to or concurrently lies in the hands of the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator (Keri Morrison).
Out of State Internships
IS YOUR INTERNSHIP OUT OF STATE?
If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please email 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 email Keri Morrison for more information.
KINternship Staff Information
Office Hours: Friday’s 2-4pm.
Phone Number: 517-355-4740 (only on Friday’s 2-4pm, email is the best contact method).
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact for: questions regarding student issues, program overview, internship approval, KIN 492 / 493 enrollment, and Affiliation Agreements.
Phone Number: 517-355-4730
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for: questions regarding student grading and assessment, big picture program goals, pre-enrollment course questions.
Phone Number: 517-353-9682
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact for: questions regarding MSU Handshake, connecting students to your internship site, finding MSU interns.
Course Syllabus and Potential Internship Sites
Course materials and assignment instructions are posted on the D2L website (http://d2l.msu.edu), and can 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.
Internship Sites (This is a list of potential internship sites. However, we will need a new Affiliation Agreement for any of these potential sites. Please have the Site Supervisor fill in the Qualtrics survey under "Becoming an MSU Internship Site")
In addition, if you have a specific internship or job you would like to share with our students, please contact Pepa Casselman, College of Education career consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can help you set up a position on Handshake, our online career platform for students.
Site Supervisor Information
Information for Site Supervisors can be accessed using the following:
A: In order: 1) Complete the online mandatory KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Course on D2L at the start of the semester preceding when you are planning on doing your internship (i.e. end of September if you are doing a spring semester internship), 2) find a site, 3) email Keri Morrison the “Site Approval Information” and get her permission (see site approval questions below), 4) once approved go to KIN 492 / 493 website and complete the Application to Enroll in KIN 492 / 493 & upload the requested documents (email of approval including the answered questions & if needed a scanned pdf of ALL pages of the Affiliation Agreement), 5) you will be enrolled in the class.
Site Approval Questions:
Answer the following questions (place your answers under my questions)-
1. Have you completed the online mandatory KIN 492 / 493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module on D2L?
2. What semester would you like to enroll?
3. KIN 492 or 493?
4. How many TOTAL credits will you have at the start of the semester that
you plan to take your internship? i.e. Are you a senior (>88 credits)?
5. If you are completing the KIN 493 internship, have you taken KIN 411?
If not, what semester do you plan on taking it?
6. Is your internship going to be out of state?
If so, what state?
NOTE: If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please email Keri Morrison right away! 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 days in advance of the internship.
7. What/where/with whom would you like to take your internship?
8. Is the proposed site supervisor one of your relatives or someone with a
relationship that could be conceived of someone with a conflict of
9. What are the credentials of your site supervisor?
10. What will your specific job duties be?
11. Identify your cognate and explain why this internship would be
beneficial to you in your cognate.
***Aside from the Certificate of Completion for the Pre-Enrollment Course, no attachments please, email format only.
Q: What is the 80 / 20 Rule?
A: As a general rule, approximately 80% of the internship work/hours completed by students must reflect the worthwhile competencies of the broad based field of Kinesiology (examples: Exercise, Fitness, Sport, Human Movement, Therapeutic or Rehabilitation practices). The decision as to whether or not an internship or internship hours meet this requirement lies with the instructor of record for the internship courses.
Q: When does D2L become available?
A: The first day of class for the semester you are enrolled in.
Q: When should I start looking for a site?
A: Rule of thumb is at the start of the semester preceding when you are planning on doing your internship (i.e. September if you are doing a Spring Semester internship). However, you should start earlier if you are planning on doing it in the spring semester as this is typically the most competitive time of year to find something.
Q: Am I responsible for finding my own internship site?
A: Yes you are.
There is a list of internship sites available on the internship website.
Other internship sites can be found at MySpartanCareer at http://careernetwork.msu.edu, and posted on Handshake.
You should contact any of these sites that you are potentially interested in and inquire about available internships. The responsibilities of the site are to supervise and evaluate your performance. They should also be at least peripherally involved in the development of your Proposal Assignment. Please see the Site Supervisor Manual for further detail.
Q: What if I want to do an internship at a site that is not on the list?
A: If you wish to use an internship site that has not been approved, your site must fill out an Affiliation Agreement and sign it. However, Keri Morrison can veto a site if she feels that it is not appropriate. NOTE: If your internship is at a hospital that we do not have a current Affiliation Agreement with, I would highly suggest you start the Affiliation Agreement process at least 2-3 months prior to your internship starting.
Q: What if my internship is out of state?
A: If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please email Keri Morrison right away! 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 days in advance of the internship.
Q: How many credits of KIN 492 / 493 do I need to graduate?
A: You need 3 credits of KIN 492 / 493.
Q: Can I register for 2 credits of internship?
A: No, you cannot register for 2 credits; you must enroll in a minimum of 3 credits, and can take a maximum of 6 credits.
Q: I want/need to do an internship at two separate sites. Is this OK and what do I do about the assignments?
A: Yes, that is allowed. Ask Keri Morrison for permission to do so. If the 2 sites are very similar with similar job duties (i.e. two physical therapy sites) you may turn in just one Proposal Assignment and one Final Report. In addition, place your Weekly Assignments in the same document on the same page; just be sure to label each site (or highlight the two sites using two colors). However, if they are 2 completely different sites you will need to turn in two Proposal Assignments and two Final Reports. You will need to have each site complete a Midterm & Final Performance Evaluation.
Q: What is the biggest, worst mistake I can make to receive a bad grade on the KINternship?
A: Glad you asked. Although Keri Morrison is amazingly compassionate and understanding, nothing sets her off like a student who doesn’t turn in any assignments until the end of the course. This is usually coupled with such comments such as, “Wow, I just found out that we had to turn this in” or the equally ineffective, “However, I did work really hard during my internship.” In this case it would seem you did not pay attention to the Pre-Enrollment Course materials, or even read the syllabus or checklists provided. This will likely result in a poor grade in this course. Please, please, please, please turn in your assignments in a timely manner. You will get due credit for your work and we will all have a good semester.
Q: How many hours do I have to work?
A: 60* hours per credit earned. That means 180 hours for a 3 credit internship.
*As of May 14, 2018, students will need to earn 45 hours per credit earned. This means 135 hours for a 3 credits internship.
Q: Do I still have to work that amount of hours if something happens and I’m not able to work a couple of weeks?
Q: What if I get sick?
A: Doesn’t matter.
Q: Death in family?
A: Still have to do 180* hours for a 3 credit internship.
*As of May 14, 2018 will be 135 hours for a 3 credits internship.
Q: Will I receive an “Incomplete” if I have not finished the required hours by the end of the semester?
A: It depends; please see the policy regarding “Incompletes" found in Academic Programs.
Q: What if I finish my hours early in the semester?
A: If that happens, you have the flexibility of getting your Final Report and Final Site Supervisor Performance Evaluation in early or at the end of the semester with everyone else. Once your hours are complete, you no longer need to submit Weekly Assignments either. I cannot, however, submit any grades until the semester is completed.
Q: When are Final Reports due?
A: Please read the syllabus.
Q: If I’m doing an internship in the summer, do I have to complete it in the first session or full session?
A: For the summer semester, there are two sections of KIN 492 / 493 to choose from. Section 731 is for the first half of the summer semester and Section 730 is for the full summer semester.
Q: I am going on Spring Break, do I still need to turn in my journal and excel weekly hours spreadsheet?
A: Yes and no. Your journal and hours spreadsheet are still due for the week prior to Spring Break, so be sure to turn them into the Dropbox before you take off. However, please do not turn anything into the Dropbox the Monday after Spring Break since you did not work any hours. In the following Dropbox, just be sure to label that week still and put that you were gone and did not work that week. This also applies if you are sick or gone for any other reason.
Q: I am trying to download my assignments to the Dropbox on D2L and they are not there, what should I do?
A: Please DO NOT contact the TA or or the instructors; we are not computer techs. If you are using a Mac computer, you must use Firefox to submit all files to D2L. You will find that Safari does not successfully connect to the D2L site. If this does not work or you are unsure how to download Firefox to your computer, please contact the D2L helpline at 1-800-500-1554.
Q: Can I count internship hours if I am not enrolled in KIN 492 / 493?
A: No, you cannot! You must be enrolled in KIN 492 / 493 to start counting your internship hours (cannot count hours from before the first day of the semester, or after the last Weekly Assignment is due)! AND you must have a signed Affiliation Agreement in place!
Q: What if I would like to start my internship before the semester starts?
A: You may NOT start counting hours from your internship earlier than the first day of the semester! The earliest you can start counting hours is the first day of the semester.
Q: What is the drop / add policy for KIN 492 / 493?
A: 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.