Internships & Careers

The Department of Kinesiology supports the career development of all majors. The department values career assessment and advising, career exploration, and growth through experiential learning and internships.


What is an internship?

Internships are an important part a student’s professional development. An internship refers to an experience outside the classroom that enables you to develop skills and gain supervised practical experience related to your academic or career interests. A well-researched and planned internship will provide exposure to professional settings and contacts to help you develop or enhance valuable skills, and ultimately provide an opportunity which can lead to thoughtful career decision making. Some internships are completed for academic credit, while others are simply done for experience.

Counting an internship for academic credit

Each department and program within the School of Public Health has its own unique requirements for internships to count for academic credit. This is based on specific degree requirements. Please access the Internship Portal (login with your IU username and password) to review your program or department’s specific steps and requirements. The   Internship Portal also includes a list of internships that students have completed in their majors to help you gain a better understanding of what internship experiences are possible.

Who should I contact in the department to get started?

Each department has one or more individuals who coordinate internships. You can contact the point person listed below to get started.

Kinesiology Internship Coordinator:

Bob Kessler
Office: 296 C

In order to receive academic credit for an internship experience, the student must complete a set of forms requesting authorization to register for the internship course associated with their internship experience. These required forms must be submitted to the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator prior to the start of any internship experience.  It is also important to note that internship credit can only be earned during the semester in which the bulk of the internship experience took place. It is the student’s responsibility to read the Kinesiology Internship Manual for complete instructions on how to proceed with the process of earning academic credit for an internship experience.

A list of past internship sites can be found at the  Internship Portal to aid students in the process of finding an internship. Additionally, students can search for internships using the career board links below and the SPH internal job and internship board. Students are also encouraged to make an appointment with a career advisor if they would like to learn useful internship search strategies.

Note: Fitness Specialist and Sport Marketing and Management Majors must meet with an academic advisor to determine internship eligibility before scheduling an appointment with the Kinesiology Career Services Coordinator.

Internship Evaluations

Prior to the awarding of a grade for an internship experience, a final evaluation form must be completed by both the internship supervisor and the student before the end of the internship. The student must also complete an exit interview with the Kinesiology Career Services Coordinator at the end of the internship experience. All internship courses are awarded grades of S/F.

How to find an internship?

In addition to working with your departmental internship coordinator to arrange academic credit for your internship experience, the School of Public Health Office of Career Services can assist with your internship search process.  Career Services professionals work with you to build an internship search strategy, develop your application materials, and prepare for interviews. Ultimately, it is up to you to secure your own internship. Other departments and programs may also provide assistance in this process.


Students can visit the Office of Career Services in the School of Public Health to seek assistance with all aspects of career planning.

The School of Public Health Office of Career Services can assist you as you navigate your career decision making process and work toward your career goals. Career advisors are available for one-on-one appointments to discuss a variety of career related topics including:

  • Career Exploration and Self-Assessment
  • Internship and Job Search Strategies
  • Identifying and Applying for Graduate/Professional Schools
  • Developing and Perfecting Resumes, Curricula Vitae,  and Cover Letters
  • Developing Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job Offer Evaluation and Negotiation
  • Networking and Professionalism

An extensive list of job boards, categorized by industry, is also available for your use.

Additionally, the Office of Career Services offers workshops, career fairs, and many online resources to help you achieve your career goals. We encourage you to take advantage of the wealth of resources and opportunities the Office of Career Services has to offer.

To begin working with a career advisor, please make an appointment