Practicums and internships are short-term work assignments related to the student's major or career of interest that combine what you learn in the classroom with real life experience from the work place. Internships allow students to try out career options and gain professional experience that will be helpful in finding a full-time position upon graduation or deciding on a path to graduate school.

The following describes the sequence of courses students may need to complete, depending on the catalog year and major they are following: 

  • KIN curriculum (newer): KIN 307 (1 credit), KIN 410 (3 credits minimum)
  • EXSS curriculum (older): KIN 307 (1 credit), HHP 280 at COCC (2 credits), KIN 334 (2 credits), KIN 410 (9 credits minimum):

KIN 307 Pre-Internship Seminar (1 credit)

The intent of KIN 307 (pre-internship seminar) is to prepare students for their practicum (KIN 333/334) and/or internship (KIN 410) requirements. 

Students are required to register for KIN 307 at least one term prior to enrolling in KIN 334 or KIN 410.

Topics covered in KIN 307 include but are not limited to:

  • Review of internship guidelines and requirements
  • Review of internship opportunities
  • Expected position duties desired in internship experience
  • Development of measurable objectives for the practicum/internship experience
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Major internship projects

KIN 334 Practicum (2 credits; 60 contact hrs)

The intent of the Practicum sequence is to assist the student in gaining valuable hands-on experience in a variety of work, research and clinical settings within the field of kinesiology. Practicums should also help the student decide on an area within kinesiology in which to complete their more comprehensive internship experience. They are also a great way to build the student’s resume.

KIN 410 Internship (1-15 credits; 30 contact hrs per credit hr)

An Internship "bridges the gap" between the academic environment and a future work environment.
 Many employers prefer students who have previous work experience and the Internship provides that. 
Students who participate in an Internship are generally more confident and more qualified when seeking future employment.

Specific Internship objectives include:

  • To provide intensive field experience allowing for hands-on application of academic theories and principles.
  • To gain a better understanding of an organization’s structure and contribution to the field of kinesiology.
  • To contribute to the success of an organization with a gradual reduction in supervision.
  • To prepare for future employment by building a resume, establishing professional relationships with individuals whom could provide recommendations, and to practice professionalism in the workplace.
  • To allow the organization to benefit from an intern who has gained current, relevant knowledge and to benefit from the intern’s objective viewpoint.

Prerequisites for Enrollment in KIN 410 Internship

  1. Major in kinesiology at OSU-Cascades
  2. Completion of KIN 307 Pre-Internship Seminar
  3. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.25
  4. Kinesiology Major Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50
  5. Completion of all required coursework
  6. Department internship supervisor's approval of the Internship placement

How to register, find a practicum/internship site and get started

  1. Register for practicum or internship by submitting a completed Application for Practicum and Internship to the kinesiology academic advisor.
  2. Students are responsible for finding their own practicum and internship placements.
  3. The list below contains dozens of local approved sites.
  4. Call and/or email sites on the list to submit your resume/cover letter and set up interviews.
  5. Once you are accepted by the site, have them sign the Joint Work Agreement (pg. 9) from the Internship Practicum/Internship packet (linked below under Forms). This is an informal agreement that they acknowledge the number of hours for which they agree to host you.
  6. Turn in the signed Joint Work Agreement to the OSU-Cascades Practicum/Internship Canvas site.
  7. In general, you may NOT begin your hours prior to the first day of class for the term you are enrolled.

Approved OSU-C Practicum/Internship sites (updated 3-17-17)

Students may choose one of the sites from this list or may locate their own site. If a student wishes to complete an experience not on this list, they should work with the Internship Coordinator at OSU-C to get the site approved (email below).

Forms

Application for Practicum and Internship

Practicum/Internship Packet

Timesheet and Evaluation Forms

Questions?

Contact Christine Pollard, Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator (christine.pollard@osucascades.edu)