This KIN 492 / 493 / 496 Internship Course, or “KINternship,” is designed to be a culminating experience for students who will graduate with a Major in Kinesiology. Our hope for you during this internship is that you will gain a practical experience in the Kinesiology domain, acquire skills and knowledge that could help with a potential career, and apply knowledge that you have learned throughout your undergraduate degree in a practical setting.
To be eligible for the KINternship, students must have earned at least 88-credits towards their degree and successfully complete the steps below by all specified deadlines.
ENROLLMENT PART 1 – The Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module
The mandatory “KIN 492 / 493 / 496 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module”:
It is the student’s responsibility to complete the online mandatory KIN 492 / 493 / 496 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module (located on D2L) the semester BEFORE you wish to complete your internship. You should have approximately 68 credits before you take this Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module (Note: you will need at least 88 credits to enroll in KIN 492 / 493 / 496). These are the recommended timelines for completing the KIN 492 / 493 / 496 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module:
- For Spring Semester internships: Complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by November 1st of the Fall Semester. Then, find an internship site as soon as possible and submit “Site Approval Questions” no later than December 15th (KIN 492/493 only). For KIN 496 (athletic training), you will need to complete the “Application to Enroll in KIN 496” by the date outlined on the Schedule of Courses in the section text.
- For Summer Semester internships: Complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by February 10th of the Spring Semester. Then, find an internship site as soon as possible and submit “Site Approval Questions” no later than April 15th (KIN 492/493 only). Note: KIN 496 is not offered in the summer semester.
- For Fall Semester internships: Complete the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module by May 30th of the Summer Semester. Then, find an internship site as soon as possible and submit “Site Approval Questions” no later than August 5th (KIN 492/493 only). For KIN 496 (athletic training), you will need to complete the “Application to Enroll in KIN 496” by the date outlined on the Schedule of Courses in the section text.
ENROLLMENT PART 2 – KIN 492/493 Enrollment Process
Once you have determined you are going to enroll in KIN 492 or KIN 493 and have completed the KIN 492/493 Pre-Orientation Module, you will need to complete the following steps to secure your Internship Site and obtaining Site Approval. You must complete ALL STEPS of “Enrollment Part 2 – KIN 492/493 Enrollment Process”, to be enrolled in this course*:
*If you are planning on enrolling in the Professional Development Course (i.e., you do not have an in-person internship site), you can skip to STEP 4, the Application to Enroll.
STEP 1: Searching for and Securing an Internship Site.
- NOTE: ***Please read the information on this website about Out-of-State Internships.
STEP 2: Requesting Approval for your KINternship site:
- Answer the Site Approval Questions and email them to Keri Morrison (email@example.com).
- Be sure to attach the “Certificate of Completion” to your email from the Mandatory KIN 492 /493 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module. An image of the “KIN 492/493 Certificate of Completion” is below.
- If this is a paid internship, you will be required to have your site supervisor email confirmation that this is allowed.
- If your site is already on the Affiliated Sites List, please be sure you copy and paste the site name from the list to your Site Approval Questions as a mistake in the name could delay the enrollment process.
- For the safety and security of all participants, effective August 29, 2018 the Michigan State University KINternship program can no longer approve KIN 492/493 internship placements in locations that do not provide professional supervisor on site (for example, private homes).
- If your site is NOT on the Affiliation Agreement Sites List, you must send your potential site supervisor the following link to complete an Affiliation Agreement and the Affiliation Agreement Survey (the student should NOT be filling in this link – it is to be completed by the potential site supervisor).
STEP 3: Receive the “Email of Site Approval” from Keri Morrison.
STEP 4: Complete the “Application to Enroll”, which acts as a request for Override and Enrollment in KIN 492 / 493 (links for specific semesters below). Be sure to upload the requested documents (Email of site approval from Keri Morrison).
- You will be required to know how many credits you would like to enroll in (minimum 3 credits, maximum of 6 credits. You need a minimum of 3 credits to graduate. Each credit is equivalent to 45 hours. Therefore for 3 credits a total of 135 hours at your internship site will need to be completed).
- Please ensure you enroll in the correct course number (KIN 492 or 493) and the correct section (e.g., 730, 731, 750). Please check the Schedule of Courses for the semester you hope to enroll and read the section text for each of the sections to determine which section(s) are available.
Please only use the “Application to Enroll” link below for the semester in which you hope to enroll. We will post the Application to Enroll for a given semester midway through the previous semester. Please be sure that if you have a paid internship your supervisor has emailed Keri Morrison and confirmed this is acceptable, and that your site has an Affiliation Agreement on file before completing the Application to Enroll.
- CLICK HERE TO APPLY >>> Spring 2024 Application to Enroll (KIN 492/493)
- Please complete all pre-enrollment steps & the application to enroll no later than Dec. 15.
BE SURE TO CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER.
STEP 5: Check your schedule to confirm your enrollment. Ensure you are enrolled in the correct course and section and for the correct number of credits. May take up to 1-2 weeks, but it is the student’s responsibility to confirm that the schedule has been added to their course schedule.
ENROLLMENT PART 2: KIN 496 Enrollment Process
STEP 1: Once you have determined you would like to take KIN 496 and you have completed the KIN 496 Pre-Orientation Module and received your Certificate of Completion for KIN 496, then you will need to complete the following steps to be enrolled in KIN 496:
STEP 2: After you completed the KIN 496 Pre-Orientation Module and achieved a minimum of 90% on the KIN 496 Pre-Orientation Module Quiz, a new module appeared called “Criminal Background Check Consent Form”. The new Criminal Background Check (CBC) Consent form is completely electronic and will now be completed at the time you complete the “Application to Enroll” (it is a step of the application -see details in Step 3 below).
STEP 3: Complete the “Application to Enroll”, which acts as a request for Override and Enrollment in KIN 496 (links for specific semesters below). Be sure to attach the KIN 496 “Certificate of Completion” to your Application to Enroll from the Mandatory KIN 496 Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module. ALSO – the Criminal Background Consent (CBC) Form is now a part of the “Application to Enroll” and you will complete the CBC consent form when you use the application.
You need a minimum of 3 credits of KIN 492 or KIN 493 or KIN 496 to graduate. Each credit is equivalent to 45 hours of work on site. Therefore for 3 credits a total of 135 hours at your internship site will need to be completed to fulfill the graduation requirement. You can only enroll in 3 credits of KIN 496, but can take the course once in the fall semester, and once in the spring semester for a total of 6 credits, or can take 3 credits of KIN 496 and 3 credits of KIN 492/493 (the total must not exceed 6 credits).
Please only use the “Application to Enroll” link below for the semester in which you hope to enroll. We will post the Application to Enroll for a given semester midway through the previous semester. Please ensure you have completed the Criminal Background Check Consent Form (from the Pre-Enrollment Orientation Module).
KIN 496 will run in the Fall and Spring of each year (no summer enrollment option).
- CLICK HERE TO APPLY >>> Spring 2024 Application to Enroll (KIN 496 – Athletic Training)
- Please submit your application to enroll no later than Dec. 1st.
Be sure to click the submit button in the lower right corner.
STEP 4: Check your schedule to confirm your enrollment. Ensure you are enrolled in the correct course and section. This could take up to 1-2 weeks, but it is the student’s responsibility to confirm enrollment.
Determining KIN 492 versus KIN 493
Taking KIN 492 versus KIN 493 is based on the specific job duties a student will complete at their internship site.
- KIN 493 is for internship sites that are heavily rooted in physiology. (KIN 411 is no longer offered, and therefore, no longer a pre-requisite for KIN 493).
- KIN 496 is for students who are interested in pursuing a Masters Degree in Athletic Training. Prerequisite courses include KIN 127.
- KIN 492 is for all other internship experiences.
We consider internships/duties that are heavily rooted in physiology to be part of the KIN 493 internship experience. Examples of past KIN 493 internships/duties include but are not limited to:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Exercise Physiology
- Fitness Leadership
- Personal Training
- Exercise Prescription
- Fitness Leader
- Group Exercise Programming
- Strength & Conditioning
The KIN 492 course is for internships that contain duties that are not heavily related to physiology or athletic training. Some examples of KIN 492 Internships include:
- Pre-Professional and Allied Health Settings (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, MD, DO, Nursing)
- Athletic Administration
- Growth and Motor Development
- Health Promotion
- Adapted Physical Activity
- Psychosocial Aspects of Kinesiology
- Orthotics and Prosthetics
The lists above only provide some examples of internships that students have participated in the past, and thus is not an exclusive list. Determination of an appropriate internship site lies in the hands of the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator (Keri Morrison).
If you are interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Athletic Training, KIN 496 will help prepare you for that experience.
Out of State Internships
IS YOUR INTERNSHIP OUT OF STATE?
If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please email Keri Morrison letting her know which state you are looking into. Certain states require a letter of intent that MUST be submitted by the Department of Kinesiology and approved by both the internship coordinator and the Provost’s office 60 to 90 days in advance of the internship (depending on location). Some states do not allow MSU students to do an internship at all. Please email Keri Morrison for more information.
KINternship Staff Information
Office Hours: Thursdays 12-2pm. Zoom Personal Meeting Room: Meeting ID: 949-6635-1729; Password: KIN492; Join URL
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for KIN 492/493 for the following: questions regarding student issues, student grading and assessment,program overview, internship approval, KIN 492 / 493 enrollment, and Affiliation Agreements.
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact for KIN 492/493/496 for the following: questions regarding big picture program goals, pre-enrollment course questions, Criminal Background Check questions.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for KIN 496 for the following: Questions about the athletic training program or internship.
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact for KIN 496 for the following: questions regarding student issues, student grading and assessment, program overview, internship approval, KIN 496 enrollment, and Affiliation Agreements.
Becoming an MSU Internship Site
To become an MSU internship site, interested sites may complete the Affiliation Agreement Survey.
For the safety and security of all participants, effective August 29, 2018 the Michigan State University KINternship program can no longer approve KIN 492/493 internship placements in locations that do not provide professional supervisor on site (for example, private homes).
In addition, if you have a specific internship or job you would like to share with our students, please consider setting up a position on Handshake, our online career platform for students.
Site Supervisor Information
Information for Site Supervisors can be accessed using the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the 80 / 20 Rule?
A: As a general rule, approximately 80% of the internship work/hours completed by students must reflect the worthwhile competencies of the broad based field of Kinesiology (examples: Exercise, Fitness, Sport, Human Movement, Therapeutic or Rehabilitation practices). The decision as to whether or not an internship or internship hours meet this requirement lies with the instructor of record for the internship courses.
Q: When should I start looking for a site for KIN 492/493?
A: Rule of thumb is at the start of the semester preceding when you are planning on doing your internship (i.e. September if you are doing a Spring Semester internship). However, you should start earlier if you are planning on doing it in the spring semester as this is typically the most competitive time of year to find something.
Q: Am I responsible for finding my own internship site?
A: For KIN 492/493, yes you are. There is a list of potential internship sites available on the internship website, the Affiliated Sites List. Other internship sites can be found at MySpartanCareer at http://careernetwork.msu.edu, and posted on Handshake. You should contact any of these sites that you are potentially interested in and inquire about available internships.
For KIN 496, this experience is hosted on the MSU campus and you do not need to find your own internship site once you have been enrolled in KIN 496. The KIN 496 instructor/coordinator will assign interns to work with various sports teams on campus during the KIN 496 experience.
Q: What if I want to do an internship at a site that is not on the Affilated Sites List for KIN 492/493?
A: If you wish to use an internship site that has not been approved, your site must fill out an Affiliation Agreement and sign it (via the Affiliation Agreement Survey). However, not all sites are appropriate for a Kinesiology Internship Experience, and the final decision rests with the Instructor of Record for the course. NOTE: If your internship is at a hospital that we do not have a current Affiliation Agreement with, I would highly suggest you start the Affiliation Agreement process at least 1-2 months prior to your internship starting.
Q: What if my internship is out of state for KIN 492/493?
A: If you intend to complete your internship in a state other than Michigan, please email Keri Morrison right away! Certain states require a letter of intent that must be submitted by the Department of Kinesiology and approved by both the internship coordinator and the Provost’s office 60 days in advance of the internship.
Q: How many credits of KIN 492 / 493 / 496 do I need to graduate?
A: You need 3 credits of KIN 492 or KIN 493 or KIN 496 to graduate.
Q: Can I register for 2 credits of internship?
A: No, you cannot register for 2 credits; you must enroll in a minimum of 3 credits, and can take a maximum of 6 credits. You may only be in KIN 496 for 3 credits at a time (up to a maximum of 6 credits total).
Q: For KIN 492/493 I want/need to do an internship at two separate sites. Is this OK and what do I do about the assignments?
A: Yes, that is allowed. Ask Keri Morrison for permission to do so. If the 2 sites are very similar with similar job duties (i.e. two physical therapy sites) you may turn in just one Proposal Assignment and one Final Report. In addition, place your Weekly Assignment with both sites in the same document on the same page; just be sure to label each site (or highlight the two sites using two colors). However, if they are 2 completely different sites you will need to turn in two Proposal Assignments and two Final Reports. You will need to have each site complete a Midterm & Final Performance Evaluation.
Q: I want to be enrolled in 3 credits of KIN 492/493 and 3 credits of KIN 496. Is this OK and what do I do about the assignments?
A: Yes, that is allowed. You will need to complete the assignments as outlined in the syllabi for both KIN 492/493 and KIN 496, as well as complete the pre-enrollment steps for each of these courses.
Q: How many hours do I have to work?
A: As of May 14, 2018, students will need to earn 45 hours per credit earned. This means 135 hours on-site for a 3 credit internship (not including time for working on coursework).
Q: Do I still have to work that amount of hours if something happens and I’m not able to work a couple of weeks?
A: Yes. If you are unable to attend your internship for a few weeks and you are worried about completing your hours by the date outlined in the syllabus, touch base with the instructor right away.
Q: What if I finish my hours early in the semester for KIN 492/493?
A: If that happens, you have the flexibility of getting your Final Report and Final Site Supervisor Performance Evaluation in early or at the end of the semester with everyone else. Once your hours are complete, you no longer need to submit Weekly Assignments either. I cannot, however, submit any grades to the Registrar until the semester is completed.
Q: When are Final Reports due?
A: Please confirm the due dates for your course work from the syllabus.
Q: Can I count internship hours if I am not enrolled in KIN 492 / 493 / 496?
A: No, you cannot. You must be enrolled in KIN 492 or KIN 493 or KIN 496 to start counting your internship hours (cannot count hours from before the first day of the semester, or after the last Weekly Assignment is due). In addition, for KIN 492/493 you must have a signed Affiliation Agreement in place.
Q: What if I would like to start my internship before the semester starts?
A: You may not start counting hours from your internship earlier than the first day of the semester. The earliest you can start counting hours is the first day of the semester, or the first day you were enrolled in the class (if enrolled after the first day of the semester).
Q: What is the drop / add policy for KIN 492 / 493 / 496?
A: IMPORTANT: There are no exceptions to the following. The add/drop dates for KIN 492 / 493/ 496 are the same as for any course at MSU. These are set by the university and always described on the Registrar’s website. You are responsible for knowing these dates. You cannot late add or late drop KIN 492 / 493 / 496. If you do not add/drop the course by the official dates you will get no refund and/or you will receive a zero point, and this may impact your graduation.