Experiential Learning Opportunities in Exercise Science
Experiential learning opportunities are key when investigating careers in exercise science, whether through internships, job shadowing, or informational interviews. Below are some general internship search resources and tips and a list of locations where St. Olaf students have completed exercise science related experiential learning activities since 2000.
Categories of organizations include:
- Acceleration Minnesota – sports training centers
- FHIT (Flexx Hockey Institute of Training) – Strength training and conditioning clinics at arenas in the Twin Cities area.
- H.E.A.T. (High Energy Advance Training) – Program orientation, fitness testing, development of periodization programs, and wellness education in St. Cloud.
- Life Time Fitness – Personal Training Department at the Plymouth location.
- Skyhawks Sports Programs for Kids – Summer internships teaching young athletes the rules, techniques, and strategies of sports and activities at locations all over Minnesota.
- Lifestyle Management (Minneapolis, MN) – Personal trainer shadow
- St. Olaf Volleyball (Northfield, MN) – volleyball recruiting and coaching
- Private Party - Angie Selseth (Hampton, MN) – personal trainer
- St. Olaf Football Team (Northfield, MN) – student coach
- Timber Creek High School and Orange County Public School (Orlando, FL) – Wrestling coach
- Anytime Fitness (Orlando, FL) – Assistant to manager
- Velocity Sports Performance (Burnsville, MN) – Performance coach intern
- Acceleration West (Eden Prairie, MN) – Training intern
- Howard Head Sports Medicine Center (Vail, CO) – Certified athletic trainer
- St. Olaf College Athletics (Northfield, MN) - Basketball coach intern
- Yanapuma Foundation (Quito, Ecuador) –Physical therapy intern
- La Anita Rainforest Ranch (Costa Rica) – Ecotourism developer
- Interfaith Services to Latin America (Nicaragua) - Medical projects in Jalapa, Nicaragua
- Washington Institute of Sports Medicine (Kirkland, WA) – Athletic programs supervisor
- Bishops Bay Country Club (Middleton, WI) – Member services specialist
- Biomet North Central (Eden Prairie, MN) – Sales management intern
- Acceleration Minnesota (Apple Valley, MN) – Sports assistant
- Flexx Hockey Institute of Training (FHIT) (Mendota Heights, MN) – Office trainer intern
- St Olaf College, Athletics (Northfield, MN) – Director of recreation intern
- Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation – Division of Northfield Hospital, occupational therapy intern
- Complete Chiropractic – Private chiropractic clinic near Northfield.
- Courage Center (Golden Valley, MN) - a Minnesota-based rehabilitation center for children and adults with disabilities
- Cram Chiropractic & Wellness Center – Private chiropractic center in downtown Northfield.
- Kohl’s Power^3 Exercise Medicine Clinic – Exercise medicine clinic in St. Paul.
- Minnesota Sport & Spine Rehabilitation – Physical therapy clinic in Burnsville.
- Wieber Physical Therapy – Physical therapy, athletic training in Faribault.
- Heartland Orthopedics - provide state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical orthopedic care in the areas of trauma, sports medicine, and elective reconstructive surgery in Alexandria, MN.
- Bio Sports (Wenatchee, WA)
- BAK/Physical Therapy Associates (Redwood, CA)
- Minnesota Sport & Spine Rehabilitation (Burnsville, MN)- Physical Therapy
- St. Francis Medical Center (Chaska, MN) – Physical Therapy
- Sports and Occupational Health Center (Apple Valley, MN) – Doctor of Chiropractic shadow
- Saint Mary's/Duluth Clinic (Duluth, MN) – Exercise physiologist, prevention and patient rehabilitation
- Orthopedic Consultants, PA (Edina, MN) – Orthopedic surgery
- Children's Hospitals and clinics of MN (St. Paul, MN) – Exercise specialist intern
- Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) – Physical therapy intern
- Redwood Area Hospital (Redwood, MN) – Physical therapy intern
- Functional Kids Clinic (Maplewood, MN) – Occupational therapy intern
- Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Northfield, MN) – Occupational therapy intern
- Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic (Northfield, MN) – Orthopedic intern
- Power Kohl's 3 Exercise Medicine Clinic (St. Paul, MN) – Physiologist and nutritionist
- Children's Hospitals & Clinics (multiple MN locations)- Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Achieve Results Physical Therapy (Rochester, MN) - Shadowing and internship oppotunities with Ole alum Josh Holmes '97
- The Healthy U (Cannon Falls, MN) – Dietician/nutritionist
- St. Olaf Sports Information Department (Northfield, MN) – Sports information media intern
- Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) – Research assistant
- University of MN Aquatics (Minneapolis, MN) – Aquatics intern
- Allina Medical Clinic (Northfield, MN) – Physician’s assistant intern
General Search Resources
Where To Look- Piper Center Internship Search Resources
These organizations provide information, networking, and additional training opportunities and may offer student memberships at a discount.
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Association of Health Care Administrative Mgmt.
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
American Physical Therapy Association
Association of Occupational Health Professionals
International Fitness Association
National Athletic Trainers' Association
National Recreation and Park Association
National Sports Marketing Network
LINKS which provide additional information beyond internships in the following areas.
Athletics and Sport
Recreation and Leisure Studies