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Internships

Internship

Within the College of Health Sciences, undergraduate internships are required and designed as culminating experiences that provide extensive, as well as intensive, hands-on work opportunities. The intern, while still a student, is expected to assume a responsible and comprehensive role that is commensurate with that of a full-time professional. Interns, in collaboration with their supervisors, are expected to establish objectives to be achieved during the internship experience. Credit hours assigned to internships range from 3 to 12 hours, depending on the requirements of your concentration.

Students enrolling in internship programs must complete prerequisites and program requirements in placements arranged by internship coordinator, Dave Kean. (Dietetics students should contact Mary Catherine Schallert.)

Resources

Internship Forms

University Internship Supervisors

Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences - David Kean
Health Sciences - Anna Moore or Cheri Kilmurray
Healthcare Leadership - Pat Travis
Physical Education Teacher Education - Todd Layne
Dietetics - Mary Catherine Schallert


Frequently Asked Questions

When am I eligible for an internship?

Once you’ve successfully completed ALL your concentration courses with a C- or higher and in you're in your final graduating semester. (Exception: HCL students may take core classes with internship.)

Is an internship offered in the summer?

Yes. You must complete all 240 hours from Summer I through Summer II to graduate in August. Internships do NOT start in the Maymester.

How many hours per week are needed to complete the 240 hours?

  • For Fall and Spring internships there are 15 weeks, so a minimum of 16 hours per week are required.
  • For Summer internships there are 10 weeks, so a minimum of 24 hours per week are required.

Can I count the hours that I completed prior to the semester of my internship?

No. You can only count hours completed during the semester in which you are registered for the internship.

Can I start my internship early?

No. You can only count hours completed during the semester in which you are registered for the internship.

How do I locate a site for my internship?

There are several to choose from on our List of Potential Internships Sites. Internship Coordinator, David Kean and your university supervisor are always available to assist.

Do I have to choose a site from the List of Potential Internship Sites?

No. But, the site does need to be approved by Dr. Kean.

Can I do my internship at the place where I currently work?

Yes. But, we will have to approve it and you will have to keep your internship and work duties separate. We strongly encourage you to choose a different internship site as this helps you explore other options and allows you the opportunity to learn new skills.

Does my internship have to be in Memphis?

No, the internship can be outside of Memphis, but arrangements must be discussed with Dr. Kean and/or your university supervisor right away to complete necessary requirements.

What courses can I take with my internship?

Any elective course is okay to take with your internship. An elective is any course that is not required for your major core or concentration (see your concentrations's degree sheet). An upper division elective is any 3000 or 4000 level course.

Why can’t I register for my internship?

This commonly occurs because internships require a permit and the permit will NOT be issued until you have submitted your completed application with a confirmed or PENDING site. Deadlines may fall after registration, so to ensure a permit prior to the registration period, you must submit your application early, prior to the week of registration.

When do I start my internship and what do I turn in with my internship application?

We host an internship information meeting every Spring and Fall semester to discuss the process and requirements. All of the necessary attachments are listed at the top of the internship application. You can also watch our Internship Application Demo video at the bottom of this page for assistance. For resume help, you can contact Career Services or our career specialist, Fonda Fracchia.

Where can I find the internship application?

The internship application and all the necessary forms you will need are located under Resources at the top of this page.

Where do I turn in my internship application?

Submit your completed 5 pages (3-page application, graduation application and your resume) to Lindsay Crews at the front desk in Fieldhouse, suite 106. Please allow 5 to 7 days for processing of the application and permit to be entered.

What signatures do I need to get before I turn in my application?

Page 2 of the application can be signed by Dr. Kean or any of the professors in your concentration. Page 3 needs to be signed by your site supervisor, yourself, and either Dr. Kean or one of your professors in your concentration. You do NOT need your academic advisors signature, they will sign it upon submission.

When do I turn in my other forms on the Internship site?

Your university supervisor will let you know how, when and where to turn those forms in at the beginning of the semester.

How do I contact my internship site?

This will be addressed in the mandatory internship meeting offered each semester. Formally written emails with a cover letter are required.

  • Be professional!
  • Include an appropriate subject line.
  • Use a formal greeting.
  • Be concise and spell check your email.
  • Sign with a professional closing that includes your full name with contact information.
  • DO NOT send from a casual personal email address (lassassy1@hotmail.com). Use your memphis.edu email or an outside email client that only uses your first and last name in the email address.

Where do I find the deadline to apply to graduate?

You can find all your graduation dates and deadlines on the Commencement website.

 

Watch our College of Health Sciences* Internship Application Demo

*Formerly School of Health Studies