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Sports Medicine Internships

Amgen Inc.
Office Aerobics Services, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA
Contact: Margo Attabery (800)926-4369, ext. 0377

Beverly Hills Prosthetics and Orthotics
6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Contact: owner Keith Vinnecour (323)866-2555, Fax: (323)866-2560
They create artificial limbs and braces. For observation only.

Chevron USA
Chevron Health Quest
2001 Diamond Blvd., LL01
Concord, CA 94520
Contact: Internship Coordinator

For junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students. Preferably, the internship period will last for twelve weeks at 20-40 hours per week, however this is flexible. Internships will be offered throughout the year. Hours worked beyond the designated hours per week are compensated at the rate of $8.50/hour. Students will become an integral part of the Health Quest staff utilizing skills, knowledge and leadership in the delivery of a health promotion program. Chevron's 12,000 sq. ft. Wellness Center includes various cardiovascular equipment, Cybex weight training equipment, aerobics classes and Health Promotion programs. Intern will gain experience in: computer skills, front desk operations, group exercise instruction, exercise floor supervision, wellness/fitness consultations, planning and implementing recreation activities and health promotion programs. CPR and First Aid certification preferred. Submit a resume, description of course work and letter of interest.

The Cooper Institute
12330 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230
(972)341-3200
Contact: Internship Program Director Andrea Dunn, PhD or
Abby Hyman at ahyman@cooperinst.org or at (800)635-7050

A nonprofit, preventative medicine research and educational center offering programs and projects in the areas of epidemiology, exercise physiology, behavior change, children's health, obesity, nutrition, aging, diabetics, neurological disorders, arthritis, hypertension, and other health issues. Internship experiences are offered in the divisions of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, Continuing Education, and Behavioral Science and Health Promotion. Guidelines and applications are available for downloading by visiting their website at www.cooperinst.org.

Daniel Freeman Hospital and Fitness Center
8540 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 118
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Contact: Craig Wellman, Internship Coordinator (310)348-4160

Intern must have completed B.S. degree. Exceptions will be made for students who have experience with fitness testing, EKG, and exercise prescription. Internship is 3 months long, can be full or part-time and requires a project.

Disabled Sports USA of Northern California
Tahoe Adaptive Ski School
Program Services Center
P.O. Box 9780
Truckee, CA 96162
Contact: Katharine Rodriguez, Director (530)581-4161, Fax: (530)581-3127
Email: dsusatahoe@truckee.net

Work in therapeutic recreation. Responsibilities include: Program development, promotion and implementation, special events, fund-raising, exposure to wide range of disabilities, and direct services to individuals with disabilities from orthopedic, spinal cord, neuro-muscular, to developmental disabilities. May complete 40-50 hour volunteer internship over Christmas Break. Must provide own housing.

General Telephone Company of California
112 Lakeview Canyon Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-3802
Contact: Cozette M. Schultz

Must be a senior or graduate student in the area of corporate fitness. Can be a paid position. Must send a resume and references to the contact person.

Great Western Bank Corporate Fitness Facility
Great Western Bank Fitness Center
19809 Prairie St.
Mail stop 100102
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Contact: Ismael Aguila, Fitness Center Director (818) 775-4316

Fitness systems, a leader in corporate fitness for over 15 years, is recruiting individuals for an internship program at the Great Western Bank corporate fitness facility. The Great Western Bank fitness facility is located in Chatsworth (East of Topanga area) and serves 3,000 employees. Interns will receive training and experience in facility supervision, fitness testing exercise prescription, special event development, computer system use and general program administration.

The Heart Institute of the Desert
39-600 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Contact: Fitness Director

Accepting applications for internships beginning in September, January, and May/June. Applications are due two months prior to each semester. The Heart Institute of the Desert is a state-of-the-art facility devoted to care of the heart. Bachelor's and Master's degree students in the field of exercise science are encouraged to apply. Interns will receive training in exercise prescription, nutrition, graded exercise testing, Phase II cardiac rehabilitation, facility supervision, blood pressure and EKG monitoring. There will also be an opportunity to view cardiac procedures. A $500.00 monthly stipend is available. Please forward a letter of interest, resume, and copy of transcripts to the Fitness Director at the address above.

Humana Hospital, West Hills
7300 Medical Center Drive
West Hills, CA 91307 Contact : Claire Plunkett

Accept volunteers in their Physical Therapy unit for observation and doing small tasks. No patient hands on experience is allowed.

Joan Schmidt, RPT
Westwood Physical Therapy
11600 Wilshire Blvd. Suite LL14
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310)996-0085
Fax (310)996-1064

Kern and Associates
2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 120
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Rebecca Kern, R. T. (310)450-6340

Orthopedic Outpatient/Physical Therapy Clinic. Observation and some training opportunity to work with patients.

L.A. Private Trainers
15433 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Contact: Colin Policky, Recruitment Director or fax resume to: (818)501-1038

Offer internships year round. Internships last for 12 weeks and requirements include a minimum of 20 hours per week. The intern will be responsible for housing and transportation costs. The duties of the intern will include all phases of fitness instruction. Practical application of weight control and obesity prevention. Practical experience with nutrition analysis, prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Instruction with weight resistant exercises, cardiovascular equipment and flexibility exercises. Interns will be responsible for fitness testing in the following areas: body composition, aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength. All interested applicants please send resume to the address or fax number above.

Malibu Gym
28955 PCH (Kanan Road and PCH)
Malibu, CA 90265
Contact: Stephanie (310)457-2450

Responsibilities include exercise testing and prescription, supervision of prescribed exercise, and administrative duties.

Malibu Rehabilitation
24955 PCH
Suite C102
Malibu, CA 90265
Contact: Alaina Calise (310) 506-9332, Greg Beaton, P.T. and owner

Experience not necessary. Would be of most interest to students interested in physical therapy.

Malibu Veterinary Clinic
28990 PCH
Malibu, CA 90265
(310)457-6453

Responsible for assisting with evaluation of animals, administration of medication, assisting with surgeries, administrative duties.

The Oaks at Ojai (residential health resort)
122 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
Contact: Dietrich Pahnke (805)646-5573

The Oaks at Ojai & The Palms at Palm Springs are residential health resorts located in Southern California. Both resorts offer full time internships to college students. Positions are open to sophomore through graduate level students in any major, and particularly health and fitness oriented majors and management majors. Guests come to the spas for stress reduction, fitness gain, and weight loss, and to learn the basics of healthy living. They offer a low fat menu, 16 fitness classes daily and a variety of evening lectures. Students will have the opportunity to experience all practical phases of running a residential health spa. The program focuses on working with the management team, teaching fitness classes, front desk, reservations, and the kitchen and housekeeping departments. A concentration in any area is dependent upon the intern's skills and interest. A vital aspect of the internship is that the students function as a liaison between the guest and the staff. By living on site, the intern can aid in providing exceptional guest service. One intern is accepted at each location, and provided room, meals, use of the facilities, and a $50 per week stipend. Internships extend 12-15 weeks and are offered year round. Interested students, please send your resume and a letter of recommendation to the address listed above. You can visit their website at www.oaksspa.com.

Pacific Athletic Club
17383 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Contact: Diana Poff (310)459-2582, Fax: (310)459-2152

For individuals interested in future position as a personal trainer. They will develop a personalized internship program focusing on all aspects of the personal training business. Learn to administer computerized fitness assessment, observe and interact with personal trainers who are NASM or ACSM certified. Possibly be hired for a position of staff trainer. Compensation varies depending on job duties ($7.00 - $10.00 per hour).

Pacific Bell-Fitworks
177 E. Colorado Blvd, Room 030
Pasadena, CA 91105
Contact: Nadine Clarke

Accepting applications for its FitWorks fitness facilities internship program from graduate or undergraduate students. The Health Promotion Group oversees a comprehensive program designed to reduce employee health risks, provide a corporate environment that supports positive health practices, and contribute to the development of employees' performance capability through optimal health and well-being. Sites: San Ramon, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Pasadena, and Tustin. Graduates must have completed coursework towards a degree in exercise physiology or similar health related field. Undergraduates must have a minimum junior standing with coursework completed towards a degree in exercise science or similar health related field. Responsibilities may include: assisting with strategic planning goals and operational objectives for program development, contributing to program implementation for the FitWorks facilities, exercise testing and exercise prescription, designing specific exercise routines and lifestyle practices to reduce health risks, assisting with implementation of regional athletic events, conducting daily operational tasks within the facility, contributing newsletter articles, and a major project. The internship is an unpaid position and academic credit must be received for the internship. Application deadlines are two months prior to the internship period start date. Interested students must submit cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to the contact listed above.

Pepperdine Athletic Medicine Internship Program
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
Contact: Brandie Peterson or Justin Ericson (310-506-4169)

Fall and Spring semester long internships
Approximately 6-10 hours per week
The Student Athletic Medicine Intern (SAMI) will be exposed to the University model of healthcare of Pepperdine's Division 1 student athletes. The SAMI will be introduced to the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of student athlete injuries and illnesses. Responsibilities include assisting the staff athletic trainers with therapeutic modality and exercise prescription, athletic training center management and administration, and practice/competition preparation and coverage. In addition the SAMI will be expected to attend bimonthly educational seminars on various topics in the field of sports medicine.

Pepperdine Athletic Medicine Internship Program
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
Contact: Brandie Peterson or Justin Ericson (310-506-4169)

Fall and Spring semester long internships
Approximately 6-10 hours per week
The Student Athletic Medicine Intern (SAMI) will be exposed to the University model of healthcare of Pepperdine's Division 1 student athletes. The SAMI will be introduced to the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of student athlete injuries and illnesses. Responsibilities include assisting the staff athletic trainers with therapeutic modality and exercise prescription, athletic training center management and administration, and practice/competition preparation and coverage. In addition the SAMI will be expected to attend bimonthly educational seminars on various topics in the field of sports medicine.

Porter Valley Country Club
Athletics Dept.
19216 Singing Hills Drive
Northridge, CA 91326
Contact: Jay Cook, Asst. Athletic Director, (818)360-1071, Fax: (818)360-1076

Requirements: Junior or Senior status in Exercise Science or related degree, CPR certified, preferably First Aid certified. Main tasks include fitness assessments, fitness programming, new member orientation, supervise fitness floor. Application available in the SPME Office (FF 205). Interested students must send resume along with completed application.

Prufit Center at Prudential
1200 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
* Also a location in Woodland Hills.
Contact: Rachel Ficht, Wellness Coordinator (213)988-4348

Students work extensively with Prudential employees in the areas of exercise testing, program design, and counseling. Also help with development and delivery of various health promotion and motivational programs including wellness presentations to employees. Minimum of 8 and preferably 15 or more weeks in length. Applicants should have a background in the Health/Fitness field and have completed a CPR course within the past year. All interns will be required to attend an interview. Application available at the SPME Office (FF205).

Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
7601 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
Contact: Debbie Tomlinson

Internship for physical therapy has a waiting list. Also, they have a need for students interested in volunteering in nursing area . Also opportunities in their Microbiology laboratory doing research. This is the best location in Southern California to do a physical therapy internship. The hospital and its physical therapists are well known and the internship is well-organized.

St. John's Hospital
1328 22nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

St. John's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program & Wellness Center (310) 829-8927
Contact : Margaret Hostrup (310) 829-5511
Observation Only. Exercise program but no stress testing.

24-Hour Fitness
Corporate Recruiter
P.O. Box 9071
Pleasanton, CA 64566
Contact Job Hotline at (800)386-9210 for nearest location with openings

Positions available in the following areas:
- Fitness Supervisor: Supervise Personal Training program within the club, motivate and train your staff to ensure proper member supervision. Prior certification with a national organization (ACA, AFAA, ACSM, NCSA) or related degree is required. Previous management and sales experience necessary. - Personal Trainer: Teach proper form and technique to help motivate individuals looking to improve fitness program. Ensure that all new members receive their introductory consultations through the New Fit Start orientation program. Prior certification with a national organization (ACA, AFAA, ACSM, NCSA) or related degree is preferred, however, they will certify qualified candidates in their in-house Fitness Certification program. Receive base salary plus commissions.

Opportunities for Science Students in Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. has hundreds of organizations devoted to science, research, and medicine. These include government sponsored organizations, non-profit healthcare organizations, and professional scientific associations. Below are a few examples of scientific and medical organizations in the D.C. area:

  • Academy of Radiology Research
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • Center for Biomedical Communications
  • DC Department of Health
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • National Institute for Health Care Management
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • National Institute on Aging
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Women's Health Network
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

If you would like more information, please contact the Washington, D.C Internship Program Office at ext. 7408 or stop by our office located in the Career Center on the 2nd floor of the TCC!

Xerox Corporation
701 S. Aviation Blvd.
ESMI-078
El Segundo, CA 90245
Fax: (510)416-7346
Contact: Susan Burke, Health and Fitness Consultant (310)333-5656.

Offers a volunteer internship position for their corporate health promotion and fitness program. This is an opportunity for the student to gain experience working in an adult health and fitness program, and to apply knowledge learned in related college courses. This position involves supervising the two on-site Health and Fitness Centers, conducting fitness evaluations, and prescribing exercises for individuals. Basic facility upkeep, coordination of health awareness programs, and assistance in the Employee Services office will also be a part of the experience. Students in physical education, health education, kinesiology, exercise science or related fields with a minimum Junior status may apply. Coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical conditioning and testing principles is required. Current CPR certification is required. The intern will work a minimum of 10 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for 10-12 weeks.

YMCA, Conejo Valley
4031 North Moore Park
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Contact: Teri Couch (805)523-7613

Helping fitness and aquatics director, fitness orientations, possibly teaching classes for all age groups.

For more internship information, visit the University Internship Services Home Page at www.internsearch.com.