Internships can be an important part of the Health and Wellness Promotion Program. Types of internships available to students include:
These internships are often sought by students preparing for a graduate program in a variety of traditional health occupations such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, registered dietician, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing as well as health occupations such as naturopathy, acupuncture/TCM, chiropractor, etc. Sites include hospitals, inpatient and outpatient clinics, and community-based free clinics.
Students who wish to intern at a community or corporate fitness-related program gain experience conducting fitness assessments, coordinating incentive events, providing personal training, teaching fitness classes, etc. Sites include: area workplace wellness programs, YMCA, YWCA, after-school fitness programs, and for-profit personal training companies.
Health Promotion/Public Health
For those students interested in providing health education or wellness coaching can seek internships at college health programs, health departments, spas, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and hospitals/clinics.
Fundraising, program and event planning, marketing, advocacy and policy development are often part of internships with area non-profit organizations, including QuestionWhy; YES!, ChildrenFirst/Communities in Schools, YMCA, YWCA, ASAP, FEAST, WNC Aids Project; and others.