Application for Internship:
Spring Internship: November 15th
Fall/Summer Internship: April 15th
Application form (Form F) with signatures
One page cover letter to accompany your resume
No Application will be accepted after the deadline.
Student must meet with Internship supervisor prior to leaving campus.
We are in an age of preventive medicine and developing positive lifestyle habits. The Health Promotion and Wellness curriculum at Missouri Southern State University is aimed at providing the undergraduate student with entry level skills and the knowledge necessary to function competently in a wide range of fitness and wellness employment opportunities. Graduates may seek professional opportunities in the following areas:
It is imperative that each Health Promotion and Wellness major gain extensive exposure to the professional field. The internship experience is a catalyst to assist the student in relating textbook knowledge and classroom discussions with the actual, practical job experience. Most entry-level jobs in this profession are gained by experience. An internship can help the student build professional experience and enhance a resume and network with professionals in the field.
The internship should be viewed as an actual job: the student should be prompt, fulfill all time commitments and responsibilities. Any appointments; personal, medical, or school, should be made during free time, not during time of scheduled internship hours. Any such incidents or other inappropriate behavior is to be reported to the university supervisor for appropriate action, which can include dropping the student from the course.
This experience is the beginning of your professional career and should be approached with the utmost integrity. You are a representative of the university and the Kinesiology Department. Any actions that jeopardize the image of either, will result in appropriate disciplinary actions by the Kinesiology faculty and/or the Dean of Students, and can result in being entirely dropped from the Health Promotion and Wellness program.
Missouri Southern State University accepts no liability for health, accident or tort claims. Students should review and obtain insurance coverage that they deem appropriate and/or the cooperating agency may require. Professional insurance should be a serious consideration through professional organizations, such as AAHPERD or ACSM.
Students must make application for internship during Priority Registration the semester prior to the semester of the internship. No applications will be considered after the stated deadlines. This experience must be the final semester of the student’s college career and is often most successful if placed during the summer months. During the 400 hours it is hoped that the student will learn all that is possible from the agency.
A. Student Objective of Internship
An opportunity to learn by experience what it means to be a full-time health promotion and wellness professiona
An opportunity to expand his/her knowledge of the profession and personnel in the profession.
An opportunity to observe, practice, and apply theory.
An opportunity for self-evaluation.
An opportunity to begin the transition from undergraduate student to professional worker.
An opportunity to further his/her professional education under careful guidance of agency and university supervisors.
An opportunity to expand and develop better human relation skills.
B. University Objectives of Internship
C. Agency Objectives of Internship
1. Satisfactorily completed the Health Promotion and Wellness course requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all university course work.
2. Complete application (Form F) with resume and one page cover letter. These must be typed and are due on or before the stated deadline.
No application will be accepted after the deadline.
3. Select an agency to accomplish your Internship (preferably an agency, the type of which you hope to gain your entry level position upon graduation.
Contact the supervisor of the agency.
4. Meet the university instructor to inform him/her concerning the name of the agency,supervisor’s name, address and phone number.
5. After university instructor’s approval of the selected agency, complete Form F and return to the university instructor.
6. During your experience with the agency:
a. Meet with university instructor prior to leaving for internship
b. Dress appropriately for the occasion.
c. Familiarize yourself with agency regulations.
d. Be non-critical of the agency’s philosophy, methods, and leadership.
e. Meet with the agency supervisor to develop goals and objectives for the internship experience.
f. Consult the agency supervisor when confronted with problems.
g. Conduct yourself in a positive manner as a representative of Missouri Southern State University
h. Inform agency supervisor if you cannot attend during the agreed upon hours.Conduct yourself as an employee of the agency.
i. Contact the university instructor with any concerns or problems that may arise at the internship site
j. Submit all paperwork (log sheets) to university instructor on weekly basis (it is usually easiest to fax this info to 417-625-9773).
7. Fulfill all requirements for the KINE 495 course. (Forms G, H, I, and J) Complete all forms.
a. Complete portfolio & formal presentation or multi-media presentation of experience to faculty committee and practicum students
1. Go over the "Responsibilities of the Student" handout with the student.2. Collect the appropriate forms from the student which are due prior to starting the internship.
3. Act as advisor on student selection of agencies.
4. Visit the student and/or the agency supervisor at least once with 2 telephone follow-ups (unless more is deemed advisable by the agency supervisor during the semester).*
5. During the visit, the university instructor will:
a. Answer any questions which the student or supervisor may
have concerning internship.
b. Determine the student’s progress in understanding the overall
goals of the agency as well as specific tasks assigned to him/her.
c. Ascertain the student’s attitude toward the agency and the field of
Health Promotion and Wellness in general.
d. Act as liaison between student and agency supervisor in transferring
suggestions that may improve the experience for the student.
e. Provide the supervisor with the necessary information and forms to
properly evaluate the student at the conclusion of his/her experience.
6. Collect and evaluate all written work submitted by the student.
7. Provide the Registrar with the final student grade.
8. Express appropriate thanks to agency supervisors for their time and effort.
* This applies to students located within a 200 mile radius of the campus; phone calls/emails only will be required for those students located outside the 200 mile radius.
1. Be familiar with the philosophy of the Health Promotion and Wellness Internship.
2. Complete FORM F and return to the student.
3. Inform the student of all policies and regulations he/she must abide by during his/her time at the agency.
4. During the student’s experience, the greatest benefit could be obtained by him/her if he/she were able to experience as many of the following activities as it is feasible within the context of your agency:
a. Orientation concerning the purposes, aims, and policies of the organization.
b. Orientation concerning the policies of the agency.
c. Face-to-face leadership opportunities in a variety of situations.
d. Opportunities to talk with administrative officials of the organization.
e. Orientation concerning budget practices.
f. Opportunities to participate (or observe) in various planning aspects (programs, facilities, scheduling, evaluation, or management).
g. Periodic evaluation sessions to point out individual strengths and/or weaknesses of the student during their face-to face tasks.
h. Opportunities to observe supervisory techniques.
i. Opportunities to attend general staff meetings, board meetings, and/or committee meetings.
j. Any other experiences which may be unique to you specific agency and may be beneficial to the student.
5. Establish goals with the student as to what will be accomplished. Gradually develop the student's responsibilities with the agency as you determine his/her capabilities.
6. Inform the university instructor of student's progress and any suggestions which will facilitate the experience.
7. Maintain a record of the number of clock hours the student spends at your agency.
8. Acquaint the student with agency resources in the form of books, pamphlets, brochures, reports, etc., During the student's experience, he/she is required to compile a notebook/file of pertinent information concerning programming, scheduling, budget, facilities, personnel policies, and other information which will assist in the learning process.
9. Mail Form I to the university instructor at the completition of the student's experience.
10. Provide a letter grade for the student's performance.
A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Fiar
D = Poor
F = Unacceptable
AGENCY ACCEPTANCE OF INTERNSHIP STUDENT
(To be completed by the Agency Supervisor)
Student Evaluation of Internship Experience