Internship Information

This internship manual should provide you with an overview of the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology, the master's degree program, and the procedures for planning, implementing, and completing a successful internship experience. The information is correct at the time of publishing. However, it is subject to periodic revision. All Fisher Institute interns and selected internship sites use this manual. You may reproduce all forms included (i.e., Fact Sheet, checklists, and assignment and evaluation forms) for correspondence with the Fisher Institute.

The internship is required as a basic component of the graduate program in Wellness Management at Ball State University. The internship (WELNS 698) is a six credit hour laboratory experience designed to help you blend academic knowledge, skills, and professional experiences in a meaningful and functional manner. It presents opportunities to assist in the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of wellness programs. Because the effectiveness of a wellness management practitioner is highly influenced by the mix of academic and work settings, you should carefully select an internship site which closely matches your skills, interests, and career endeavors. The selection of an internship site is critical to your success and the continued success of the internship program. Thus, the internship program is a collaborative effort between the Fisher Institute, the host agency (internship site), and you.

The members of the Fisher Institute and Ball State greatly appreciate each host agency's willingness to share its expertise and successes. Through internship opportunities wellness management students develop knowledge, skills, and first-hand abilities in a quality work setting. The relationship between the host agency and the Fisher Institute is one we consider a critical partnership in educating and training future health promotion and wellness management professionals, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial association in our endeavor.


Jane Ellery, Ph.D.
Associate Director,
Program Director of Wellness Management
Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology

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Internship Goals/Objectives
General Internship Policies
Internship Responsibilities
Internship Assignments & Required Evaluations
Student Internship Experience Report
Definition of Evaluation Terms