Internships Program

Basic Overview of the Exercise Science Internship

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 program has become nationally known, while students performed their internships in 44 states as of September 1997.

Approximately 80-90 students complete an internship during the calendar year (Fall, Spring and Summer). The director and other support faculty visit approximately 80-90% of the interns each semester. The student receives 12 hours of credit and must work a minimum of 540 clock hours in an approved program. Specific objectives have been developed for students' participation and observation.

The interns must apply for an internship 6 months prior to start date with the B.S.U. Intern Coordinator, which includes an interview, where the site selection is determined and eventually finalized by the Intern Coordinator. Students are required to arrange an interview with the site director four weeks in advance of the start date. Once the internship begins, students complete a weekly log and weekly summaries are mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Intern Coordinator. In addition, interns complete a self-evaluation each five weeks (copy given to site director) and complete a project or "mini-thesis" during the term. A final exit interview is completed with the Intern Coordinator when students present their project, resume, and final self-evaluation. The Intern Coordinator determines the final grade in conjunction with the site supervisor's recommendation.


When asking someone to write a recommendation letter on your behalf, please print the 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 in HP 217.

Internship Deadlines:

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

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

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


Go to the EXSCI Community to find and print the appropriate forms.

School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP), Room 360
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8746
Fax: 765-285-8254