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Moving your career forward

Internships provide practical experience and a head start on your career in kinesiology. You’ll test your career choices, see course theories in action and make professional connections. Take advantage of our strong partnerships with local schools, healthcare providers and other organizations. The department of kinesiology also excels in providing internship opportunities all over the country.

Wherever you intern, you’ll work with experts at the top of their field. No matter what your specific kinesiology interest is, we have internships that set you apart when it comes time to apply for jobs. Explore the list below to see where just some of our students have interned. 

Where can I intern?

  • MedX of Estes | Estes Park, CO
  • Mayo Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation | Eau Claire, WI and Rochester, MN
  • Foundations Therapy | Menomonie, WI
  • Twin Cities Orthopedic-Training Haus | Eagan, MN
  • Lifetime Fitness | Twin Cities locations
  • YMCA | Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI
  • ETS Performance | Eau Claire, WI
  • Bellin Health Orthopedic & Sports Medicine | Green Bay, WI
  • University of Kentucky Strength and Conditioning | Lexington, KY
  • University of Illinois Strength and Conditioning | Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • University of Wisconsin Strength and Conditioning | Madison, WI
  • Texas A&M Sports Medicine | College Station, TX
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center | Colorado Springs, CO
  • Land's End Comer Fitness Center | Brookfield, WI
  • Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at the Mayo Clinic | Rochester, MN 
  • Cleveland Indians Sports Medicine | Cleveland, OH
  • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association | Lake Forest, IL
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp | Big Bay, MI
  • Furman University Sports Medicine | Greenville, SC

Clinical experiences

If you’re pursuing an athletic training major, clinical experiences give you hands-on involvement with Approved Clinical Instructors (ACI) and Clinical Instructors (CI). You’ll work closely with these health professionals while practicing and mastering the skills of your future profession. Working in a supportive and instructional environment builds your confidence when interacting with patients and performing your duties. After completing clinical experiences you’ll have a well-rounded skill set and the ability to work with a wide range of people and in a variety of professional health settings. For more information about clinical experiences, view the athletic training major page. 

View the list below for just some of the clinical experiences department of kinesiology students have completed.

Where can I take part in clinical experiences? 

  • Chippewa Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Northwoods Physical Therapy
  • Dove Healthcare
  • Mayo Clinic Health Systems
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Optimum Therapies
  • Stucky Chiropractic
  • Area high schools
  • UW-Stout Intercollegiate Athletics
  • UW-Eau Claire Intercollegiate Athletics


How do I apply for internships as a student?

Good question! We know a thing or two about internships here at UW-Eau Claire and we have some simple steps for you to follow. Who knows —with help from faculty and advisors, some hard work and bravery you could land the perfect internship for you in the field kinesiology. Below are some general steps for finding and applying for an internship.

  1. Search for an internship in career fields that interest you most. Search online, ask your advisors, professors or contact Career Services.
  2. Prepare your resume, cover letter and references. We know you’ve done some cool stuff so list your relevant credentials, experiences and skills and don’t be afraid to talk yourself up. You should have all of these documents checked by a friendly staff member in Career Services to make sure it’s just right for the position you’re applying for. 
  3. Apply! Email your résumé, cover letter and references in PDF format or drop off physical copies in person. 

For more information, you can reach out to UW-Eau Claire’s Career Services or contact the department of kinesiology using the form at the bottom of this page.

How can I hire a Blugold as an intern?

Students from the department of kinesiology have the skills to help your business or organization grow! The well-rounded education they receive gives them the ability to work on a variety of projects and tasks. Hiring a Blugold intern also provides fresh perspective, skills in new technology and an opportunity to invest in the future. Below is a general process for finding an intern.

  1. Identify an area of need that also provides beneficial experience to an intern. These could be special projects or peak periods when extra staff are needed.
  2. Define the time frame of the internship, including its duration and hours the intern is expected to work in a day and week.
  3. Assess how much staff support the intern position will need. Interns will need instruction to get started and someone who they can go to with ideas and questions.
  4. Create a specific advertisement for the position. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to find an intern that will meet your needs. Below is an outline:
    • Description: overall description of the goal of the opportunity.
    • Duties and Expectations: specific tasks, skills, and outcomes the student will be engaged in. Linking these activities to learning outcomes such as conducting research, GIS analysis, data interpretation, and critical thinking will help attract students.
    • Requirements: Are there certain skills the intern must possess in order to complete the internship. Knowledge of specific software is a good example here.
    • Logistics: details on when the opportunity is available and how long it will be for and what the hours are. If you expect weekly meetings for example, this is a good place to specify that weekly meetings are required.
    • Application: How to apply with contact information and what specific application materials are required.

For more information on the benefits of hiring an intern and how to do so, visit UW-Eau Claire's Career Services. To inquire about hiring an intern from the department of kinesiology please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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