Exercise Science Career Guide

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Past Internship Sites:

  • YMCA
  • Grand Rapids Kroc Center
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Holland Hospital
  • Health Plan Advocate
  • MusclePharm
  • Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy
  • IKUS Life Enrichment Services
  • Fit Kids 360

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist – Spectrum Health
  • Exercise Specialist – Bronson Hospital
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator – Farmer’s Insurance
  • Case Manager/Exercise Physiologist – Great Lakes Physical Therapy
  • Clinical Protocol Lead – Livongo Health, Wellness, and Fitness
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – Elite Performance and Fitness
  • Patient Care Coordinator – Mary Free Bed Hospital
  • Personal Trainer – Family Fitness
  • Wellness Account Representative – OnSite Wellness LLC
  • Aquatic Programming Manager – Northview Public Schools
  • Wellbeing Navigator – Steelcase
  • Adjunct Faculty – Grand Rapids Community College
  • Wellness Coach – S. Abraham and Sons, Inc.
  • OnSite Manager – McCahill Group
  • Exercise Rehabilitation Research Coordinator – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Community Education Coordinator – iChiro Clinics
  • Corporate Wellness Account Manager and Social Media Specialist – OnSite Wellness
  • Account Sales Manager – Red Bull Distribution Company


Megan Philipp '14 Spotlight

Megan Philipp '14

Some of the greatest memories at GVSU include spend long nights with friends studying when the new library opened my last year(2013-2014).

Ben McLoskey '13 Spotlight

Ben McLoskey '13

Mid-winter, my sophomore year, the concrete slab on Pierce Street is typically flooded and froze over. My friends and I organized a pond hockey game and played all day.

Aaron Poirier '11 & '14 Spotlight

Aaron Poirier '11 & '14

Moving into the dorms during freshmen year, meeting random strangers who have become lifelong friends.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • GVSU Exercise Science Club
  • Anatomy Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Pre-PT Club
  • Pre-OT Club
  • Pre-PA Club

Study Abroad Programs

Study and travel while receiving course credit in countries such as, Australia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, just to name a few. Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or just looking to do an internship have options as well. Customized internships are available through GVSU Internships, and other programs such as World Endeavors.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • First Aid/ CPR/ AED
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Graduate & Professional Programs

Students with an exercise science degree may continue on to a graduate program.  Here are some examples of programs students have pursued:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Public Health
  • Sports Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Physiology
  • Nutrition

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Page last modified December 12, 2022