Internships are considered a critical piece of the Kinesiology major. Internships are invaluable in helping students focus on career options, gain experience, establish professional contacts and deciding whether a particular field is truly a good fit both professionally and personally. To view where students have previously interned and to view what internships are currently available, visit the internship database.

To optimize the learning experience, students should possess an introductory knowledge of the subject matter. Therefore, most students consider internships during their sophomore, junior and senior years following the completion of related kinesiology core and options courses.

Students majoring in Kinesiology may complete internships as elective credits. Internship courses and opportunities are available during Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter terms.

Internship Courses

Internship courses available:

KNES 289: Adjustable credit (1-3 credits/ semester); Repeatable up to 6 credits

KNES 389: Adjustable credit (1-3 credits/ semester); Repeatable up to 6 credits

KNES 389K: 3 credits only

KNES 498: 3 credits only / semester; Repeatable (content must differ)

For every credit hour, students need to put in 45 hours of time at the site:

  • 1 credit = 45 hours
  • 2 credits = 90 hours
  • 3 credits = 135 hours

Registration Process

How to sign up for an internship course:

  1. Select an internship site and a supervisorClick here to search through our internship database, or find an internship with an advisor's guidance, the listserv notices, or one you found on your own.
  2. Submit your application. Click here to Complete the internship application form. You should also review the Internship Protocal guidelines available here, in addition to the internship course syllabus available here
  3. Meet with an advisor to receive approval for your internship. Appointments with Dr. Betty Brown can be scheduled here, and appointments with Dr. Joanne Klossner  can be scheduled here.
  4. You will receive an email when you have the permission to register for the internship course.
  5. Deadline: Internships must be added by the end of schedule adjustment of each term.

Requirements & Policies

  1. GPA: 2.5 or higher. Students with GPA below 2.5 must receive permission prior registering for an internship course from an advisor.
  2. Students may only register for a total of 15 credits of internship courses during the major.
  3. KNES internship courses cannot be used to fulfill KNES Upper Level Option requirement.
  4. Students are encouraged to complete a variety of internships experiences. Each internship course must represent a unique experience. The same experience at the same site must not be repeated.
  5. Important: Kinesiology internships courses are offered to Kinesiology majors. Non-majors must have a faculty in the Kinesiology department as the internship sponsor.
  6. Once you have registered for your internship, please make sure to check Canvas/ELMS regularly and submit your daily hour log as well as additional forms as required.

Career Exploration



Students can access Vault Industry Guides through their Careers4Terps account to view a variety of career fields. These guides outline careers within a specific industry and for each position highlight:

  • Job overview
  • Earnings
  • Work environment
  • Education and training requirements
  • Exerpeince, skills, and personality traits
  • Employer prospects 
  • Tips for entry 

The industries most relevant to Kinesiology are available below:

Allied Health Careers

View the Vault Guide to Allied Health Careers 

Includes the following jobs:

  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Hygenist
  • Dietician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Midwife
  • Naturopath
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Oriental Medicine Practitioner
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Device Company/Pharmaceutical Biotech

Alternative Health Care Jobs

View the Vault Guides to Alternative Health Care Jobs

Includes the following jobs:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Aromatherapists
  • Biofeedback Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Holistic Physicians
  • Homeopaths
  • Kinesiologists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Reflexologist 

Coaching and Sports Training Jobs

View the Vault Guide to Coaching and Sports Training Jobs

Includes the following jobs:

  • Athletic Directors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Kinesiologist
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Sports Equipment Manager,
  • Sports Facility Manager
  • Sports Instructor & Coaches
  • Sports Physicians
  • Sports Pyschologists
  • Sports Trainers
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

Health Care Management Jobs

View the Vault Guide to Health Care Management Jobs

Includes the following jobs: 

  • Adult Day Care Coordinators
  • Business Managers
  • Cancer Registrars
  • Cardiologists
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Geriatric Care Managers
  • Geriatric Social Workers
  • Health Advocates
  • Health Care Consultants
  • Health Care Managers
  • HIV/AIDS Counselors and Case Managers
  • Informatics Nurse Specialists
  • Medical Ethicists
  • Medical Record Technicians
  • Nurse Managers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Transplant Coordinators

Health Care Provider Jobs

View the Vault Guide to Health Care Provider Jobs

Includes the following jobs: 

  • Biomedical Equipment Technicians
  • Cardiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Cytotechnologists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dentists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Endocrinologists
  • Epidemiologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Home Health Care Aides
  • Hospice Workers
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Neurologists
  • Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Oncologists
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialists
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Pediatricians
  • Pharmacists
  • Phlebotomy Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists and Technicians
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • Sports Physicians
  • Surgeons

Sports Jobs

View the Vault Guide to Sports Jobs

Includes the following jobs:

  • Aerobics Instructor & Fitness Trainers
  • Athletic Directors
  • Bicycle Mechanics
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Directors
  • Health Club Owners & Managers
  • Personal Trainers
  • Recreation Workers
  • Ski Resort Workers
  • Sports Agents
  • Sports Broadcasters & Announcers
  • Sports Equipment Managers
  • Sports Executives
  • Sports Facility Managers
  • Sports Instructors & Coaches
  • Sports Photographers
  • Sports Physicians
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Publicist
  • Sports Scout
  • Sports Trainer
  • Sportswriter
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaches
  • Umpire & Referees