Internship FAQs

When do I have to secure my Internship site?

The deadlines to complete the application form are:

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring/Summer Semester: March 15


How do I find an internship site?
Start your internship search by reviewing the LIST of approved internship sites.


How should I contact an internship site?

Email and call the internship site. In your email include a cover letter, resume and references. Follow-up with a phone call to the internship site stating "I recently emailed my cover letter, resume, and references are there any other application procedures you would like me to follow". 


What do I say/write when contacting an internship site?

In your communication with the site explain your reason for choosing the site (i.e. wanting to learn more about a field you plan to enter upon graduation, or you are exploring career options and this site piques your interest, etc.).

Finally, you should know your schedule and availability and explain how you can assist and benefit their organization when interning.


How many internship credits should I register for?

The student chooses to register for 6, 9 or 12 credits. Registering for six credits requires 300 hours, nine credits requires 450 hours, and 12 credits requires 600 hours of work at the site. The internship must be able to provide the hours you are seeking to fulfill.

All Grand Valley students must complete 120 credit hours to graduate and fulfill all major credit hour requirements. Make sure to review your MyPath account on Banner and consult your faculty academic advisor before choosing and registering for your internship.


Can I complete my internship with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, certified athletic trainer, physician assistant, or chiropractor?

No, students pursuing a degree in exercise science need to complete an internship with an exercise science professional, internship experiences should align with the knowledge, skills and abilities of the exercise science profession. In some cases physical therapy clinics employ exercise professionals and have services that align with the exercise science profession and therefore may be an appropriate fit for exercise science students. See the approved site list for approved internship sites.


How long is the internship?

Fall and Winter semesters are 15 weeks long (equates to 20 hrs/week for 6 credit internship).  The Spring/Summer semester is 13 weeks and 2 days, thus hours need to be planned accordingly for a shorter semester.


For more information on Internships click HERE.

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