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Practicums are optional and usually completed during the summer months. They may be paid or unpaid. See your academic advisor for registration procedures. Also refer to the Sample Syllabus and Required Practicum Placement Forms .  Below is a partial listing of potential sites.


The Forest at Duke (TFAD)

The Forest at Duke (TFAD) Continuing Care Retirement Community offers comprehensive fitness and wellness program for its residents. The Forest at Duke offers a “hands-on” internship for undergraduate students in the field of exercise physiology, health and wellness, and other related fields. The internship offers exposure to fitness facilities and experience leading comprehensive  fitness programs for seniors.  Students gain practical experience in exercise prescription, and exercise leadership, and lifestyle counseling for the senior population and also the Forest at Duke staff.  Senior Fitness Testing, personal training, low impact aerobics, seated strength and conditioning classes, water exercise classes, yoga, tai chi, and walking programs are just a few of the programs to which the student interns will be introduced. All students/employees are required to undergo a criminal background check and a drug screen, both paid by The Forest at Duke.

Please send a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation to:  Becky Binney, M.Ed., 2701 Pickett Road, Durham NC 27705

Voice mail: (919) 419-4017, FAX (919) 490-0887, email:


Health Fitness Corporation at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Health Fitness Corporation at Cisco Systems, Inc. is seeking undergraduate or graduate students desiring practical experience in a corporate fitness setting.  Positions available every semester. Cisco Systems, Inc. and its TimeOut Health and Fitness facility, is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, between Raleigh and Durham. Cisco Systems, Inc. has an employee population of approximately 3400.  There is a maximum stipend of $500.

Please send or fax:   Cover Letter,  Resume, three Letters of recommendations,  Copy of UN-Official Transcript  to:  Shaun Lynch, Cisco Systems, Inc., TimeOut Health & Fitness Center,  7025 Kit Creek Rd., Research Triangle Park, NC  27709.

919-392-3484 (office);  919-392-3168 (fax); email:

CREE  Internship

CREE  Internship Site.  Cree, Inc.. 3026 E Cornwallis Rd., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

Phone: (919) 313-5300 RTP  Fitness center operated for 8 yr by Sodexo Corporate Services.  Sodexo Fitness Manager: Cara Heard , 919-313-5764; email:

Balanced Movement Studio

Balanced Movement Studio, Personal Training and Movement Classes, 304 Weaver St., Carrboro, NC 27510; 919-942-0240;


The Bide Fitness Center at GlaxoSmithKline is located in the Research Triangle Park.  The GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, Fitness Centers are managed by Medifit Corporate Services, Inc.  Medifit’s internship program offers opportunities to experience all aspects of a fitness or health promotion specialist’s job as well as your special area of interest.

Contact Amy Novak  at  (919) 483-2083 or email Health and Fitness Specialist, GlaxoSmithKline, P. O. Box 13398, Durham, NC 27709.

The Medifit website, lists all of our current nationwide opportunities, including internships.

Carolina regional heart center: the fitness center

The internship aids undergraduate and graduate students in developing skills and proficiencies needed for employment in a medically directed fitness center and/or cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation. Interns will be responsible for completing this program in a timely manner while meeting or exceeding all proficiencies and skills of the program and of the college/university.  Also, interns must know how to take blood pressures and palpate heart rates before starting, as this will aid in the progression of knowledge during the internship.  All skills and proficiencies will follow ACSM guidelines. A student may apply for a Heartstrides internship or The Fitness Center internship. It is recommended that applicants come tour the facility in order to get a feel for this type of work environment.

Call (336) 878-6221 for  more information.


The International Performance Institute (IPI)

The International Performance Institute (IPI) at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, in conjunction with Tom Shaw Performance Enhancement (TSP), would like to offer an internship this summer for Graduate students in Sports Performance Training (strength and conditioning), nutrition, and/or sports medicine/athletic training. We anticipate approximately 4 positions available for qualified students. Experiences will begin in mid-June running until the middle of August.

Application materials: Cover letter; Resume/vitae (Please indicate all languages you speak);Personal statement that includes: Personal sport background,Specific interests in the field , Experience with the sports we offer here at the academy (tennis, golf, soccer, baseball and basketball),Past experiences that have helped them prepare for this internship,Expectations of this internship,Future goals in the field, Minimum of 3 references (you may send these separately).

Deadline: Application materials must be received by March 31. Final selections made week of April 28.

Room and board will be provided by the academy. Students will be responsible for all other expenses. Students must receive college credit (as much as their university allows). Each student will work approximately 40+ hours per week, from approximately June 9h to August 15th. If you have any questions about our services and/or internship programs, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at or call Taryn Morgan, Ph.D., Business Management at (941) 752-2438.

Duke Center for Living/Diet & Fitness Center

Duke Center for Living/Diet & Fitness Center, Durham Employee and Clinical Research Fitness Facilities. Similar to Meadowmont Wellness.

Contact: 919-660-6610. Ask for the Internship Coordinator, 3475 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27705

Duke Center for Living

Duke Center for Living, Fearrington Post Employee and Clinical Research Fitness Facilities. Similar to Meadowmont Wellness.

Contact: 919-545-2133. Ask for the Internship Coordinator,100 Clynelish Close, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Osteoarthritis, Depression, MI Research

Contact: Dr. James Blumenthal, Duke University,

Get Real & Heal Exercise Program


Contact: Dr. Claudio Battaglini, , 843-6045


UNC Department of Athletics

Olympic Training Center Strength & Conditioning UNC Athletes (except Basketball & Football)

Contact: Melissa Glypti, Asst Strength & Conditioning Coach, 962-1402



Contact: Rebecca Raum, Wellness/Fitness Prime, ProFitness Health Solutions at Nortel 919-905-3425


EMPOWER Personal Training

Contact: Michael Whitehurst, M.S., CSCS, NSCA-CPT Master Trainer, Training Manager 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 105 Durham, NC 27707 919-401-8024


UNC Wellness at Meadowmont

Healthy and/or clinical cardiac rehab populations (depending on experience).

Contacts: Internship Coordinator: Kathy Kelly DeBlasio, M.A., Title: Director, Lifestyle Enhancement, 966-5500 Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator: Betty Matteson, M.A.,



Fitness and Day Spa. Observe & participate in functional fitness assessments, consultations, shadow personal trainers, learn all aspects of facility operations.

Application materials:

Contact: Program Director 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway McKinney, Texas 75070 Phone: 800-849-0373



Private physical rehab facility. Requires a full-time commitment. Housing provided; transportation student must provide. Located near in the Rocky Mt. Nat. Park, Colorado. Summer Semester: Apply by Mar. 1. Send: Resume, 2 letters recommendation, 1 must be academic, CPR/First Aid certification copy, UNC’s Practicum Program requirements.

Contact: Andy Collingwood, Internship Supvervisor,158 First St., Estes Park, CO. 80517 Phone: 970-577-0174


VELOCITY SPORTS PERFORMANCE CENTERS Contact Rhett Larson, M.A., Irvine, California Manager (EP Specialization Alumni)

U.S. Olympic Sports Training Centers


Cisco Systems Fitness Center

Well-established corporate fitness internship program with competitive placements from all over North Carolina and beyond.

Contact: Lee Schimmelfing, M.S. (teaches EXSS 159)