Internship Objectives

The objectives of the internship are:

  • Hands-on experience to include: personal training; fitness assessments; nutritional analysis; time and stress management; interpersonal skills; group exercise teaching; presentations; organization of special events; budgeting; marketing; liability and risk management; paperwork; equipment ordering, maintenance, cleaning and repair; responding to emergencies; as well as membership recruitment and retention.
  • Mentoring from the internship supervisor and Fitness Center director.
  • Opportunities to network in the field, attend conferences and workshops, and are affiliated with national organizations.
  • Professional communication including meetings, memos, client interaction, input of ideas, and confidentiality.
  • Use of basic skills that include use of a computer (and software), reading, writing, math, phones, fitness equipment, public speaking, research, etc.
  • Assess the fitness components of strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition via several accepted tests and instruments.
  • Evaluate the results of fitness appraisals and prescribe exercises that will improve the fitness level of the participants in a fitness program.
  • Develop a general knowledge and understanding of fitness center/health club management, including duties and responsibilities of clerical staff.
  • Lead a college class in an exercise program.
  • Design effective, scientifically based resistance training and exercise aerobic programs for all age groups and abilities.
  • Analyze and correct errors related to the performance of weight lifting techniques.
  • Recognize the various injuries, which occur to student athletes while participating in sport activities.
  • Develop a degree of skill in preventative taping and demonstrate taping techniques in the strapping of various common injuries.
  • Develop a general knowledge and understanding of the management associated with an intercollegiate athletic department.

Goals for the Student

  • Expand philosophy and knowledge in the field
  • Gain a greater understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a fitness professional
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand and adhere to professional standards in the field
  • Relate to, interact with, and learn from current professionals in the field
  • Broaden your knowledge and education by continuing to learn
  • Put theory into practice
  • Develop the initiative and motivation to be a self starter and work independently
  • Keep current in the field, update knowledge as standards are revised
  • Develop a fitness resumé and portfolio that supports accomplishments in the field along with a list of references
  • Assess and evaluate self, facilities and program

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If you would like more information about internships at Arapahoe Community College’s Fitness Center, please contact or 303.797.5856. Office A1615 is located at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120.

Good Luck and Enjoy!