Kinesiology Internship & Career Opportunities
Internships are a crucial component of your curriculum at UIndy. Based on your program requirements, you will need to complete 300 or more hours in approved internships, which will give you a competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Our kinesiology professors have connections at dozens of the nation’s leading organizations in Indianapolis, from professional sports teams and leagues to hospitals, corporate and commercial fitness centers and physical and occupational therapy facilities. which provides networking opportunities each semester. Coupled with your proactive approach, we will assist you in finding an internship that matches your goals and interests.
Test drive your skills–and get noticed
Getting the right hands-on experience early on will help you focus your career path, learn new skills, broaden your network and better understand the day-to-day operations and challenges in a particular field. The academic excellence of our programs equips you to apply classroom concepts in real-world, résumé-building practices—and employers are noticing. In fact, in a recent survey, 91% of sport management internship supervisors rated the quality of our students as somewhat or much better in comparison to students from other universities.
Check out these great internships and jobs from kinesiology students–and how UIndy prepared them!
Kelleigh Fagan, sport management graduate, had two internships while she was at UIndy – one with the NCAA and one working with Matt Donovan, senior associate athletic director for development in UIndy's Athletic Development Department.
"Both experiences were invaluable to developing organizational and multi-tasking skills, learning how to work with people of all ages and personalities, and understanding what employers expect of you. Further, both of those internships allowed me to meet and connect with people that I still keep in touch with to this day."
Today, as an attorney for Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim, Kelleigh's still connecting skills she learned in her internships.
"Not only have those internships proven valuable in my career, but both provided me with skills that I used while in law school and in clerkships with which I was involved in during law school."
Exercise science major and Kenya native Akim Nyormoi interned with a physical and occupational therapist at Select Physical Therapy in Indianapolis.
“I went into my internship with a great base of knowledge. I was able to combine essentially my entire academic experience and apply it practically in the clinic,” he says.
Akim has taken advantage of other off-campus opportunities volunteering with the Special Olympics of Indiana and Rock Steady Boxing. "Volunteering with both organizations allowed me to work with some really great people with varying degrees of disabilities. I learned to look past what people couldn’t do and focus on what they could do.”
This semester, Akim will partner with Dr. Robinson and two other students on getting approval from the Institutional Review Board to conduct biomechanics research into the battling ropes training system. If approved, he says, the goal is to publish their findings.
When sport management major Michael Bradley first came to UIndy, he was hopeful that being in Indianapolis would provide a variety of future career opportunities. Now, many would agree he's well on his way to a successful career, having earned a player relations internship with the Indiana Pacers in fall 2013.
Michael attributes his preparation for the sports management industry to his UIndy education. "Through the various projects I completed, including topics such as: the NCAA bylaws, effective leadership, facility management, and putting together a company's budget plan has developed me year by year to excel in my future sport management career."
His favorite professor? Dr. Larry DeGaris, associate professor of sports marketing.
"He was a really personable professor who was always easy to talk with about anything. He shared valuable insight about his various work experiences throughout his career. He really taught me a lot about the different types of careers in sports. Most of all he taught me a lot of effective interviewing skills to use for future jobs and life tools to implement daily to move up the corporate ladder."
Health and physical education graduate Brandon Bangel is not only teaching at Whiteland High School in Clark Pleasant Community School Corporation, but he is also the assistant athletic director and head coach of the girls cross country team and both the boys and girls track and field teams. To add to his credits, he was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for 2011 and 2012.
Brandon transferred to UIndy his sophomore year because he felt it was a better fit for him and he wanted to run track. Compared with larger state schools, he knew that UIndy offered smaller class sizes, more individualized instruction and faculty who were more available to help students outside of class.
"The UIndy faculty genuinely cares about their students...They balance care and expectations for success."
Brandon said his professors provided individual help and classroom formats that allowed for student-led discussion of current issues and philosophical topics, and that his courses prepared him for his field experience in various school environments.
Brandon advises current and future students to take advantage of field experience and to treat it as if it were a job interview. When Brandon completed his field experience at Roncalli High School, he did more than what was expected and impressed the principal. In turn, the principal became a reference and talked to other schools about his good work.
Alumna Michelle Kruse currently serves as director of operations and programs for the non-profit organization Sante Haiti, which provides primary healthcare services and health education to the underserved population in Haiti. As a graduate of the community health education and pre-med programs at UIndy, she is also continuing her career goals in medical school at St. George’s University.
Along with managing the organization of Sante Haite, Michelle develops programs to help prevent common infectious diseases and chronic illnesses, communicates with volunteers for trips to Haiti, and oversees the expansion of the organization and program development.
Michelle talks about how her internship at Gennesaret Free Clinic and class projects during her time at UIndy prepared her for position at Sante Haiti. "I gained not only clinic experience but also community health experience by developing programs relating to chronic illnesses and prevention techniques relating to breast cancer," she said. "Throughout my time at UIndy, we did several projects for the community which gave me the experience I needed to enter the workforce. Without these class projects, I would not have had the confidence to build a non-profit and work with other physicians to expand Sante Haiti.”
For current and future community health education majors, Michelle recommends gaining as much experience as possible before graduating. "I would understand what you want to do with your degree and then take several steps over the next four years to make connections within your field. For example, if you want to do non-profit work, make sure you volunteer, intern and create your projects around that field. Let your résumé reflect your passion."
What about jobs after graduation?
Recent kinesiology graduates now work for professional sports teams and other organizations, including:
- Indiana Pacers
- Indy Fuel
- Indianapolis Colts
- Dallas Cowboys
- Indianapolis Indians
- Lucas Oil Stadium
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Indiana Sports Corporation
- Indy Parks & Recreation
- Community Health Network
- St. Vincent Health
- St. Francis Hospital
- American Heart Association
- National Institute of Fitness and Sports
- Indianapolis Public Schools