The Kinesiology Department offers opportunities for exciting internships in a broad range of fields and experiences including corporate fitness/wellness, physical therapy, athletic administration, and more. Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule makes it possible for students to fully engage in these experiences without scheduling conflicts.
If you are a current kinesiology student, please click on the “Kinesiology Internship Procedures” link below for the steps to follow in developing your internship experience. Students seeking to complete an internship should begin selecting and designing your internship several weeks ahead of your desired starting date.
Deadlines: Cornell regulations require that Internship Proposals must be filed with the registrar BEFORE the first day of the internship. Final project, Intern Evaluation, and End of Internship Evaluation are due by NOON on the Friday following the 18th day of the block.
Sports Medicine Assistant
A Sports Medicine Assistant (SMA) is a Cornell College student who is interested in gaining experience in various areas of Sports Medicine. These students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in areas of athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical therapy and sports nutrition. This knowledge is then applied in a variety of areas - but not limited to -Cornell's new athletic training room, with Cornell's team physicians, and with local physical therapists. The sports medicine assistants work with the college's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams.
The purpose of the Cornell Kinesiology Club is to provide opportunities for members to advance their knowledge and both personal and professional skills related to exercise science, exercise or sport psychology, and other health- and wellness- based topics. This is a student run club and may additionally serve as an outlet for students interested in performing independent studies or projects as well as those interested in Kinesiology-related graduate programs.
Graduate school preparation
Seventy percent of sports medicine professionals possess graduate degrees. Through coursework, sports medicine assistantships, and other opportunities, Cornell students are provided opportunities to prepare for graduate programs in sports medicine.
Cornell can help prepare you to be a competitive candidate and succeed in Physical Therapy school. The general coursework prerequisites for physical therapy programs are similar to other pre-health programs, with a greater emphasis in human anatomy and physiology. PT programs are highly competitive and have more prerequisites than medical programs. The average cumulative GPA for those accepted into PT programs is 3.5 or higher. In addition, a GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) composite score of 1000 or higher is needed to be competitive for graduate school.
Clinical experience is required for acceptance into these program. Schools often require a specific number of clinical hours and may stipulate the type(s) of work settings required. Cornell students often meet these requirement through volunteer work, part-time work in a therapy setting, PT internships, job shadowing, or working as Sports Medicine Assistant for Cornell's Athletic Department.
Because not all physical therapy programs require the same pre-requisites, it is best to check specific school pre-requisites during your sophomore year. The Dimensions Associate Director can assist you in obtaining this information. Generally, courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, statistics, and the social sciences are required. Many Cornell students interested in PT double major in either Biology and Psychology or Kinesiology and Psychology
Some additional resources related to Physical Therapy are:
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Although Cornell College 's sports medicine program is not an accredited athletic training program. the college's program is geared at offering the students experiences in the area of sports medicine. There are opportunities to go to an entry-level masters program to receive your certification after your education at Cornell College. In fact, over 70% of practicing athletic trainers in the collegiate setting have their masters degree.
A Sports Medicine Assistant (SMA) is a Cornell College student who is interested in gaining experience in various areas of Sports Medicine. These students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in areas of athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical therapy and sports nutrition. This knowledge is then applied in a variety of areas - but not limited to -Cornell's new athletic training room, with Cornell's team physicians, and with local physical therapists. The sports medicine assistants work with the college's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams. (include a link to the Cornell athletic training/ SMA page here)
Some additional resources related to Athletic Training are:
Sports and exercise psychology
Sport and exercise psychology is the scientific study of psychological factors that influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport and exercise. Sport psychology specialists apply this knowledge to help athletes use psychological principles to enhance competitive performance. They may advise athletes and coaches on issues such as team building, motivation, performance anxiety, preparing for competition, overtraining prevention, and mental skills such as self-talk, imagery, concentration. Exercise psychology specialists work to gain a better understanding of how participation in exercise affects psychological development, health and well-being throughout the lifespan. They apply psychological principles in health and wellness settings for issues related to obesity management, motivation for diet and exercise adherence, stress management, injury rehabilitation, and using exercise as adjunct treatment for mood disorders.
Some additional resources related to Sport and Exercise Psychology are:
- Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology
- Division 47 of the American Psychological Association-Sport and Exercise Psychology
Students with an interest in nutrition often have a long-term goal of becoming a Registered Dietician. To do so, students must be accepted into a Dietetic Internship (DI) program and pass a national registration exam. Students may also wish to pursue a Master’s or Doctorate degree in a nutrition related field. Assistance in preparation and identification of prerequisite coursework for graduate programs can be found with help from your advisor or the Cornell Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare program.
Some additional resources related to nutrition studies are:
American College of Sports Medicine Certifications
The American College of Sports Medicine offers numerous certifications in health, fitness, clinical, and speciality areas. Some examples of ACSM certification programs include: personal training, health and fitness specialist, clinical exercise physiologist, cancer exercise trainer, and public health specialist. Upon earning your degree from Cornell in Kinesiology, you are positioned well to qualify to sit for an ACSM certification exam. Please see the links below for additional information regarding the wide array of ACSM related opportunities.