Over 2,000 clinical and practical internships completed in 14 countries, 40 states, and 401 cities around the world
The Health, Human Performance, and Recreation internship experience is designed to provide junior and senior Exercise Physiology, Health Science Studies, and Recreation and Leisure Services majors, as well as Dance minors, with an opportunity to both observe/shadow and participate in actual professional positions within a clinical or practical setting.
The purpose of the internship course (HP 4V79, HED 4V80, or RLS 4V94) is to provide each student opportunities to experience the professional work settings that are appropriate for their preparation and career aspirations.
The goal of the internship course is to create an educational experience that puts classroom theories into practice by:
- Increasing the student's knowledge base
- Enhancing the perceptions of the career track
- Learning more about how an organization in that profession operates
- Stimulating inquiry
- Engaging with interprofessional individuals to practice soft skills
- Communicating and documenting with professionalism
- Providing a practical experience that can contribute to the student's professional future
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) must be signed and returned to Baylor University before the student begins the internship experience, should the agency require an agreement. This process is facilitated by the director of HHPR internships.
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My internship helped re-spark my passions for healthcare and overall made me more confident in who I am and in my abilities.” —Sydney Duke (HSS Pre-Med ’23)
Overview of Steps:
Students are enrolled in Canvas: HHPR Internship Preparation by the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation once they obtain 55 semester hours, so that they are able to complete a self-paced preparation journey through nine steps prior to searching for an internship experience.
Students are encouraged to attend the workshops hosted in collaboration with the Baylor Career Center prior to communicating with potential internship agencies: Resume Creation, Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing Skills, and How to Find an Internship.
Students complete HIPAA, BBP, and PPE training and gain certifications.
Agency Supervisors sign a Confirmation of Acceptance document.
Students submit a formal internship application for HHPR departmental review through Step 9 in Canvas: HHPR Internship Preparation.
Students complete the internship course during the spring semester, summer semester, or fall semester. The dates for the internship are determined by the student/supervisor and will be reported to the Baylor professor prior to beginning the experience that term. An internship may only occur during the dates of enrollment for that term.
“My education at Baylor did more than just prepare me for physical therapy school...it gave me advantages, such as an internship experience out in the field, that my peers in PT school didn't have.” – Mark Scheller, DPT (HSS Pre-PT ‘15)
Kimberly M. Smith, EdD
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