Field Experiences & Internships
The Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences prepares students to become skilled practitioners in their field or for entrance in graduate school. We encourage and value experiential learning, which is embedded in the programs and elective opportunities.
Prepare for Your Career with Meaningful Hands-On Experiences
The fitness and wellness leadership major integrates field experiences, clinical practices and rotations designed to prepare you for a career. For example, our campus has several athletic trainers who share their expertise and provide hands-on activities.
As a FWL major, you will complete two field experiences in facilities that may include medically based fitness facilities and rehabilitation, fitness centers, sports performance facilities, personal training studios and health clubs, physical therapy clinics, athletic training settings, community wellness programs, corporate fitness centers, YMCAs, college campus facilities, adult senior facilities, schools, and children’s fitness. Enrollment includes placements that consider the student’s professional goals and concentration.
The nutrition major incorporates several labs and hands-on activities into the curriculum. Examples include nutrition education activities, nutrition assessment, culinary management rotations, and a spacious food laboratory.
In addition, you may take elective internships or field experiences in various nutrition settings based on your professional interests. Previous placements include the local health department and other community outreach and health programs, schools, nursing homes, our campus dietitian, and a unique two-credit clinical nutrition field practicum at our local hospital with an RD instructor.
Teacher/lab assistant and research opportunities are available for select students.