The exercise and wellness major has continually produced qualified graduates for a variety of health and fitness vocational opportunities since 1984. The curriculum consists of courses from many disciplines including nutrition, psychology, basic sciences, and health science, with the core focus on exercise physiology-related classes (see program booklet). The curriculum culminates in a full-time internship, most often in a professional hospital-based work environment where students gain valuable practical skills in such areas as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, employee health promotion/fitness, exercise stress testing, wellness programming, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, work performance (back-to-work), nuclear medicine, and observation in physical and occupational therapy.

The student receives 12 hours of credit and complete 500 clock hours in an approved program. Specific objectives vary with each intern site to ensure that the student receives hands-on experience. 

The interns must apply for an internship six months prior to the start date with the BSU internship coordinator.  The application includes area of interest, geographic interests, resume, and the completed 90 hour practicum.  Throughout the six months prior to the internship, the internship coordinator will provide suggestions and assist the student on seeking internship opportunities.  Students are required to apply to specific sites and provide a confirmed site location to the internship coordinator approximately two months prior to the start date.  Start dates coincide with the start date of the academic term.  Once the internship begins, students complete a list of objectives, weekly logs, two log reviews, and a reflection paper.  All assignments are submitted electronically on Blackboard.  Internship sites complete a midterm and final evaluation on the students.  The final grade is determined through assignments and the site evaluations. 


The BSU internship application does not require a letter of recommendation; however, many internship sites will ask for a letter for their specific internship application.  When asking someone to write a recommendation letter on your behalf, please print the confidential recommendation form (PDF), read the section entitled "TO THE APPLICANT" and sign the form. Give the form to the person(s) you have requested your recommendation letter(s) from and have them fill it out. They will need to return the form to you in a SEALED SIGNED envelope. You will then submit the form to the Exercise Science Internship Coordinator or send it to the site directly depending on the directions from the site.  Only ask individuals to write a letter on your behalf if a site is requesting it. 

Internship Deadlines:

Fall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 1

Spring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1

Summer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 1


Go to the exercise science community to find and print the appropriate forms.