Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Opportunities

Corporate Fitness Works ( for internships and employment opportunities
Two JMU ES students have completed internship at Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios ( in Virginia Beach, VA. Lena Aboulhouda (’11) is now employed there.

Where do ES students complete fieldwork?

This list is a selection of 20 (out of approximately 60) fieldwork experiences completed during Summer 2011

PT CAS Applicant Data

Are you an Exercise Science student who is interested in pursuing a graduate program in Physical Therapy? Here is some interesting information from the 2010-2011 PT CAS Applicant Data Report:

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA (accepted) page 25:  3.49
Most identified majors (accepted) page 31:  Exercise Science, Biology, Kinesiology (in that order)
Applicant/Acceptance by college page 54:  JMU  80/36   45%

Here is the link to the full report:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fieldwork Opportunity with Overcoming Barriers

Overview: JMU’s Overcoming Barriers (OB) program that affords students the opportunity to mentor children/adults with disabilities within a physical activity setting.  OB offers a wide variety of physical activity programs in which individuals with disabilities can participate.  Individuals with disabilities will be matched with a mentor who will assist them during their specific program for a minimum of once a week for eight weeks.  The mentors will be assigned an individual based on their schedules, interests, as well as their level of comfort/experience.  All mentors receive training and support from our OB staff.

Dr. Tom Moran ( is interested in having an ES practicum or internship student help with OB during the spring semester. You would likely be involved in all aspects of the OB program from planning to participant recruitment to program execution.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Opportunities for Monday

For health and fitness employment and internships:

For corporate fitness employment and internships:

1-2 students each academic year complete fieldwork at the Sunnyside Retirement Community Wellness Center. In the past, the work has been mostly independent: health promotion, one-on-one exercise instructtion, leading exercise classes. See Jana for more details.

Alumni Highlight

Exercise Science graduate Rebecca "Tory" Phillips Caudill ('11) is featured on the KIN website!

Friday, October 21, 2011

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute

The IDEA Personal Trainer Institue will be in Alexandria, VA, on Feb. 16-19, 2012. Attending conferences like this one is a great way to learn more about the industry as well as earn continuing education credits for your personal trainer or group exercise certification.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Activism Internships

I receive messages from this organization regularly. Here is the message:
Thanks for forwarding our internship information to students and people in
your department. To give you the quick update, so far this fall 160 students
have gone through our training program. Interns across the country have
organized events on their campuses from canned food drives to support local
food banks to collecting hundreds of petitions to get National Geographic to
clean up its paper mill to participating in a health care panel with the
U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services.

Because of the interest we're doing one more session of our fall civic
engagement internships. Students go through a 5-week training program to
learn how to organize a campaign on campus and engage their peers on issues
that matter to them. The deadline to apply is Tuesday November 1st.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wediko Summer Program

I receive internship announcements regularly from this organization. Wediko Children's Services is a short term residential program that serves children with emtional and behavioral difficulties.

Outdoor Education - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

The Outdoor Education Center for the Love of Children in Harper's Ferry has inquired about internship students in the past. Like I always say, if a site was interested once they will likely be open to the idea again.

There is a JMU Exercise Science graduate ('09) working at this site. I have more details on this site if you are interested.

Sports Performance Internship - Indiana

St. Vincent Sports Performance Strength and Conditioning Internship Program:

I have more information on this opportunity if you are interested.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

RMH Wellness Center Fieldwork Opportunities

The RMH Wellness Center offers two opportunities each semester. This might be 2 practicum, 1 internship/1 practicum or 2 internships. These are highly competitive positions. Jana has an application if you are interested.

Fieldwork Information Sessions

Do you need to complete KIN 471: Practicum or KIN 481: Internship in the spring? Have you procrastinated on scheduling your consultation meeting? Do you have questions about the enrollment process? Come to a Practicum/Internship information session. Options are:
Tuesday, October 18 at 3:30pm-4:30pm, Godwin 337
Monday, October 24 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Godwin 337
Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00pm-6:00pm, Godwin 337
Thursday, October 27 at 1:00pm-2:00pm, Godwin 337
Time is ticking to enroll in fieldwork for the spring! Sites must be secured by Friday, December 9!
*If you have already attended your consultation meeting and/or secured your site, you should not come to an information session.
Contact Jana Walters ( for more details.

Harrisonburg Fieldwork Opportunity

Harold Halterman contacted the KIN department about possible internship and practica opportunities.  One opportunity would be to help with the on-site management/organization of his studio.  The other opportunity has to do with an after-school program  that he is currently directing for middle school students in the area.  He can be contacted at

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Need Continuing Education Credits?

Have you already earned a certification like ACSM, ACE or AFAA? Most fitness certifications require you to complete continuing education credits, and the number varies depending on the organization. While you are a student, you can use your Exercise Science, Nutrition, and health-related courses for recertification. After you're finished with college, you will need to seek out conferences like this one to maintain your certification. I have participated in this one. It's a great location, great conference, and near home for many of you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Virginia Tech Graduate Assistant - Fitness

Virginia Tech
Department of Recreational Sports
Graduate Assistant for Fitness

For more information, email or call 540.231.1658. For information about Virginia Tech please visit or the Department of Recreational Sports web site Virginia Tech is an EOAA employer. For disability accommodations, contact Recreational Sports at (540) 231-6856.

Virginia Tech is pleased to announce we are currently accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant for Fitness. This position is a full-time 2-year, (4-semester plus summers) commitment as a graduate student working ~25 hours/week (some nights and weekends) with the Department of Recreational Sports Fitness Program. The incumbent will serve as an assistant to the Fitness Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Fitness and Assessment with the development and supervision of a comprehensive Fitness/Wellness Program including Group Exercise, Personal Training, Wellness, Fitness Assessment, and Special Events.

VMRC Wellness Center Fieldwork Opportunities

Practicum/Internship at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) Wellness Center

The practicum/internship will be dedicated to working in the fitness center and/or pool area. Duties include:

1) Conduct fitness assessments/orientations, fitness tests, pool orientations
2) Provide general assistance to members with exercise routines
3) Provide one-on-one assistance to members as needed
4) Assist overall efficiency of operations within cardio fitness area
5) Assist in maintaining a clean and safe environment
6) Exhibits responsible communication behavior consistent with the departmental and Wellness Center goals
7) Teach exercise classes in the supportive living area of VMRC
8) Teach two educational seminars during the semester to residents and members

If the intern is also a certified lifeguard, you may also spend a small portion of your time in the pool area to cover lunch breaks.

For more information contact Anna Manikus 574-3834 or Heather Yoder 574-3846.

This site accepts multiple fieldwork students during the fall, spring and summer.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Richmond, VA - YMCA Internship

I received this message during the summer. (The fall 2011 internship opportunity has passed; however, if this site was once looking for an internship student, it's likely they are open to the idea of having one in the future.)

I am the Wellness Director at one of 16 branches of the YMCA in Richmond, VA, and my facility is in the heart of downtown.  We are a little more corporate-like in our business-clientele atmosphere, and we offer many services including personal training, massage therapy, programming, fitness testing, and more.  I would love the opportunity to be advertised with your listings for possible internships with your students. I am open to any number of hours or personalities at this point!

If you could help me at all with this, that would be great!  Please let me know if you have any questions, or if there is someone else I should contact regarding this.  Thanks!

Brittany Benton
Wellness Director
YMCA at Three James Center
1051 E. Cary St., Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
Office: 804-200-6070
Fax: 804-200-6084

Corporate Fitness Internship - Philadelphia

Health & Fitness Internship Announcement


Health Fitness Corporation at CIGNA Corporation is seeking undergraduate or graduate students desiring practical experience in a corporate fitness setting.  Positions available every semester!  Part-time and full-time positions available!

CIGNA Corporation and its Healthy Life Fitness Center, is located in Center City Philadelphia. CIGNA has an employee population of approximately 1100.  The services offered to the employees include:

       exercise testing

         personalized programs

         group exercise classes
         health promotion programs

         personal training
         motivational programs

         massage therapy

Commercial Fitness Internship NoVA/DC

I was contacted by a national recruiter from Lifetime Fitness, a major commercial fitness chain in the NoVA/MD area. They are interested in creating a "feeder school" with our program. This would mean there is still an application/interview process, but the sites are very open to our students completing practical experiences with them. Since they have had great experiences with our majors completing internships and working for them, they are interested in seeing more Ex Sci students in their facilities! I think this is a very exciting partnership because so many of our students call this area home. The goal is to kick off this program in 2012! See Jana immediately if you think you might be interested in applying for a Spring 2012 internship with Lifetime!

Corporate Fitness Internship in DC

I received this message on 9/16/11

My name is Katie Follett and I am an internship coordinator for Aquila, Ltd., Health & Fitness Solutions.  My corporate wellness company and I are looking for student interns to work in our fitness facilities located in the Washington D.C. Metro area.  We seek bright, passionate, and responsible students who are interested in the health, wellness, and fitness industry.  In the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, Aquila contracts with government agencies to provide high-quality, professional service to federal employees and agents.