The biomechanics lab director oversees an internship program aligned with the Movement Science Department, supervised by Professor Heather Peddie. One or two intern positions are open and available Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer semesters. These internships are part of the Exercise Science major (clinical or health fitness emphases). Interns accepted into the Biomechanics and Motor Performance laboratory will register for three (6) credits and complete 300 hours of work (credits options beyond 6 credits are not available). Dr. Alderink will also consider Exercise Science majors seeking field work in biomechanics. Interested students should email the following to Gordon Alderink at email@example.com:
- A letter expressing interest in the position, reason for interest, and your objectives for the internship
- One recommendation letter from a professor
Professor Alderink is also open to students seeking a part time internship, who are not part of the formal Exercise Science internship program. Formal application is not required for part-time interns; hours and expectations are arranged as needed.
Interns will receive instruction in biomechanics theory related to 3D motion capture through readings and discussion. Students interning in the lab will be trained, and become independent, in 3D motion capture, data processing, and analysis. Student interns may also assist with ongoing research in the lab conducted by faculty and graduate students, as well as routine quality assurance procedures. Students may have an opportunity to use existing or new research data for their own project. Interns will have an opportunity to arrange observational time at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Motion Analysis Center to experience the clinical application of biomechanics.
The lab is also equipped with a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer, Kistler instrumented (with force platforms) treadmill, NeuroCom Smart Equitest Balance Manager, and portable AMTI force platform. Interns will be expected to receive training in the theory, indications for use, and practical application of this equipment. Small projects that include data collection and analysis may be conducted.