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USAA is located in Colorado Springs, COPhoenix, AZ; San Antonio, TX and Tampa, FL is offering 12 to 16 week corporate fitness internships open to all graduating seniors in an exercise science, health promotion or wellness leadership degree programs.  The intern will become fully proficient in the following areas:  graded exercise testing, exercise prescription, group exercise class instruction, wellness presentations, personal training, ACSM protocol and certification preparation, nutrition, recreation event planning, facility and equipment operations, budgeting, incentive programming and time management.  This is a very comprehensive internship experience guaranteed to prepare you for a career in the fitness field. Must have great communication skills and be motivated to learn.


Colorado Springs, CO:  Lisa Peters, 719/533-8583,

Phoenix, AZ: Jennifer Griffin, 623/715-7291,

San Antonio, TX: Carrie Herrera, 210-498-6323,

Tampa, FL: Laurie Setley, 813/615-6393,


Application deadlines:

Spring semester (Jan-May): Nov. 1

Summer semester (May-Aug): Mar. 1

Fall semester (Aug- Dec): July 1

<Updated Sept 2015>


We have internships available at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club in Corpus Christi, Texas.  We offer Junior or Senior Kinesiology/Sport Management students the opportunity to complete their required internship/field experience at the largest mulit-purpose health club in south Texas.  Our 110,000 sq. ft. facility houses a wide variety of programs for our members, including a 9000 sq. ft. fitness center.  Our interns gain extensive knowledge and experience in fitness testing, exercise prescription, member retention, marketing, management skills, in addition to learning about the daily operations of a large-scale health club.  Internships are offered year-round..  Program requirements include:  Current CPR/First Aid certification and a current personal training certification from a nationally-accredited organization.  To learn more about our exciting program here on the gulf coast of Texas, please contact Internship Coordinator, Monica Delgado :

Corpus Christi Athletic Club

Airline and Holly Rd.
PO Box 8150
Corpus Christi, TX 78468-8150
Ph #(361) 992-7100, ext 148
Fax #(361) 992-0143

<Updated May 2011>


Club One at Freescale Semiconductor in Chandler and Tempe, AZ is offering corporate wellness internships for students working towards a degree in exercise science, health education, or a health related field.  Interns will gain experience in fitness testing, personal training, exercise prescription, and development and implementation of motivational programs.  Other duties include floor supervision, new member orientations, recreational events, teaching group exercise classes and daily operations.  Potential interns must possess CPR and First Aid certifications.  Interns must have good communication skills, a strong desire to motivate and a positive attitude.  If interested, please contact Amy Abernethy at (480) 413-3635 or by email at

 <Updated Aug. 2007>


ChevronTexaco Health Quest Program has internships available in Texas, California, and Mississippi. Interested candidates should be in the process of pursuing a degree in health promotion, exercise science, nutrition or other related health degree. Health Quest sites range from fitness center settings to corporate-based health promotion (office settings). Depending on location, interns will gain experience with multiple facets of health education and injury prevention including the development implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs, facilitation of health education workshops (public speaking), organization of health fairs, interaction with health & safety committees, physicians, employee assistance advisors and nurses, experience with Health Risk Appraisals, exercise testing/prescription, daily operations within an exercise facility, and involvement on a variety of special projects. If interested, please contact one of the following: In Texas, Tiffani Neu, ChevronTexaco Health & Productivity Advisor, (713) 752-6299. In Mississippi, Victoria Cooney-Guy, Wellness Coordinator, (228) 938-4638. In California, Carrie Medved, Health Quest Coordinator (Richmond, CA), (510) 242-2636 


Corporate Fitness Works, Inc. is a woman-owned busi  ness with 50+ years of combined work experience in the field of health and fitness management/programming.  Corporate Fitness Works is a full-service organization providing for the health, fitness, and recreational needs of business and industry. Based on contractual agreements, Corporate Fitness Works manages and operates on-site wellness and fitness facilities for corporations, government agencies, retirement communities and office park developers in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Corporate Fitness Works offers internships to Junior and Senior students majoring in Exercise Science, Health Education or other related degrees.  A limited number of stipends are awarded in each of our regions.  Please email for an application and more detailed information.
<Updated Feb.. 2007>


Interfit Fitness Management Company ( Houston, Texas): offering internships and full or part-time employment opportunities at several Corporate Fitness Facilities in the Houston area. Summer, Fall and Spring positions are available for qualified students in the Health/Wellness Promotion, Exercise Science, or other related fields. InterFit Fitness Management Company provides comprehensive corporate fitness facility management services to companies in Texas. The job responsibilities would include assisting in the performance of Fitness Assessments (step test, blood pressure, resting and post exercise heart rate.), general facility maintenance, and providing service oriented duties for members. Experience in teaching aerobics/step aerobics and/or personal training preferred. Must maintain current CPR certification. Salary and benefits for full time positions. Please send resume by e-mail to:Laurie R. Lee at or call 713-552-8081. 

<Updated May 2007>


Marriott Management Services, in Norman, Oklahoma, is offering challenging and diverse internships for qualified graduate and undergraduate students at the USPS Technical Training Center Housing Facility. This 60,000 sq. ft. fitness facility features state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, exercise testing lab, aerobics studio, basketball and racquetball courts, outdoor pool and softball field. Internship provides practical work experience for students interested in the field of health promotion within a corporate setting. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to: aerobic/aquatic programs, presentation of health education seminars, development of marketing/promotion strategies for various programs, competency with a variety of computer software, facility/equipment maintenance, daily operations, fitness testing/exercise prescription, sport/recreation programs. In addition to current CPR/First Aid certification, basic knowledge of human anatomy, exercise physiology, exercise testing/prescription, nutrition, is required. Hours required to complete internship program will be based off the requirement listed by each university or college. Additional certifications, such as ACSM, IDEA preferred, but not necessary. Meals and uniforms will be provided to each intern. Interested student should submit a letter and resume to Jody R. Watson, Director of Fitness, 2801 Stateway 9, East Norman, OK 73071-1104, (405) 447-9000 Ext. 1825.


Motorola Premier Employee Services Wellness Program, located in Phoenix, Arizona & Austin, Texas offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience corporate fitness and Wellness promotion in a high-tech Fortune 500 semiconductor company. Students function in a team-oriented work environment and are given responsibility for major projects. Services include wellness, fitness, work life initiatives, and childcare with a focus on personal and organizational resilience. Staff members act as mentors, monitoring progress toward goals. Internships are structured to meet specific needs of the individual student to comply with sponsoring academic guidelines and to meet specific business needs and initiatives.
Fitness internships are also available with the following responsibilities: working in a corporate Activity Center assisting with member enrollment, facilitating fitness appointments, health assessments, exercise programs, instruction, goal setting, and regulating the fitness floor. Interns will also get experience creating, planning, promoting, facilitating, and evaluating fitness, wellness and recreation programs in a variety of areas including: sports nutrition, fitness incentive programs, heart health, weight loss, etc. Both positions are available for summer, fall, and spring terms. Please note that internship positions are not financially compensated. If interested, please send resume, brief statement of goals and specify your interest in either fitness or wellness internship or a combination of the two to:
Arizona: Alison McAleer, 2100 E. Elliot Rd., MD EL 533, Tempe, AZ. 85284, (480) 413-8651, Fax (480) 413-6628
Austin: Nancy Cherwitz, 7700 W. Parmer Lane, MD PL14, Austin, TX 78729, (512) 996-4031 Fax (512) 996-7216


Nancy Lieberman Basketball Camps/Clinics in Carrollton, Texas is looking for the Spring, Fall and Summer terms. Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students majoring in Business and or Sports Management related areas are welcome to apply for an internship. The internship will consist of marketing, promotions and administrative and on-site clinic duties. You will assist Nancy Lieberman and her camp staff  in all steps leading up to the free clinics and summer basketball camps. The internship in the Spring will last from (Jan.-April), Summer (May-July) and Fall (Aug-Nov) with approximately 10-30 hours a week. Each intern will have a defined job description and the opportunity to receive approved credit hours towards their degree and other benefits. Computer experience with Macintosh, IBM and good typing skills are preferred. Software programs to be familiar with are Microsoft Word, Excel and Quark Express. NL Camps/Clinics will accept resumes through the mail, fax or call for an appointment at (972)307-0101, fax (972)307-0174. The mailing address is P.O. Box 117132, Carrollton, TX 75011.


The Texins Activity Center is the Fitness Center for the retirees, employees and families of the Texas Instrument's Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Texins operates a recently renovated 68,000 square foot facility located on approximately six acres. Texins is seeking professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable students in the disciplines of kinesiology, corporate wellness, health promotion, or recreation/sports management to fulfill full-time, 14 week internships. Interns will be directed in a variety of experiences to enhance their professional development and gain hands-on experience working as part of several teams including fitness testing/exercise prescription, youth programs, sports recreation, wellness programs and marketing/promotion. Furnished housing plus utilities are paid. Please send resume, cover letter and one letter of recommendation to: Terri Beauchamp, Intern Coordinator, Texins Activity Center, 13900 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243, phone (972) 995-8456, email For additional information check out



Siegfried Health Club at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a nationally recognized hospital-based fitness/wellness center with 4,400 members. The club offers internships in the following areas: fitness/wellness, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, health promotion/marketing, and aquatic treatment. Health club interns have the opportunity to participate in and plan fitness, wellness and therapeutic programs for special populations. With the addition of a warm-water therapeutic pool, Siegfried Health Club offers a full range of therapeutic and fitness aquatic programs. Undergraduate and graduate students at a junior level may apply for these internship positions. Internship length is flexible with programs offered year-round. For more information or to receive an application, contact Gwen Moudry, Therapeutic Exercise Services Coordinator, St. John Health Club, 1819 E. 19th Street, Tulsa, OK 74104-5414 or call (918) 744-3979, or email:       


Baylor Tom Landry Center, in Dallas, Texas, is offering internship opportunities for students interested in gaining experience in a multi-service, state-of-the-art sports wellness and research center. This seven story complex, located on the Baylor University Medical Center campus, houses doctor’s offices and clinics for medical specialties including cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports medicine, and others. Adjacent to the building is a three story health and fitness facility which has a complete array of exercise and fitness testing equipment. This multi-purpose facility offers extensive programming for fitness and wellness activities. Selected interns will have an opportunity to work in the areas of their interest and qualifications under the supervision of the program directors. Applicants should have backgrounds and training in sports medicine, exercise science, health promotion, physical education and recreation, nutrition, wellness, or other related fields. These year-round internships are 13-15 weeks in length and are non-paying. For additional information and application procedures, contact: Dr. Bill Smith, Baylor Tom Landry Center, 411 N. Washington Ave., Dallas, TX 75246, (214) 820-2758.


Private Club(4)


Carmichael Training Systems periodically has openings for its Internship Program.  The Internship Program is an excellent way to learn first-hand the coaching methodology and techniques of the number one coaching company in the world.  The program is intended for those who intend to become permanent CTS coaches following their internship.  CTS is a growing company and is always looking for highly-qualified candidates who are interested in becoming a CTS coach.  


Coaching Intern Program Information


CTS is recruiting qualified applicants with a passion for coaching, endurance sports and helping people achieve their goals. Individuals with the desire to gain real work experience are encouraged to review the requirements for the CTS Intern Program.

The Intern Program is a 3-6 month un-paid internship working in one of the CTS centers including CTS Tucson and the CTS Headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Individuals who successfully complete the program gain valuable work related experience in the health and fitness industry and have opportunity to be hired on as a full time expert level coach.

During the Internship, our Interns learn the science-based CTS coaching methodology and apply these methods while working directly with CTS members. Continuing education, mentoring, and supervision is provided throughout the program. CTS strives to maintain a professional, challenging, high-paced, cooperative and fun working environment at all times. The curriculum focuses on topics pertaining to the practical application of the science behind improving fitness, health, and athletic performance. Resident Coaches are required to attend and participate in presentations by the Senior and Premier staff, round table discussions, research projects, Webinars and CTS Training Camps as well as Endurance Sports Club programming.

Responsibilities of an Intern include assisting senior coaching faculty with research projects, fitness program design and implementation, assisting with group camps and helping to maintain equipment in the Endurance Sports Club.

• Possess a desire to pursue coaching as a future career path.
• A minimum of a bachelor's degree (or current Senior) in Exercise Science or a related field. Relevant coursework should include Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Nutrition (sports nutrition).
• A basic knowledge of exercise testing and prescription and periodization training.

Additional Details:
• This is a un-paid position.
• Interns in the  program must work in our corporate headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado or our facility in Tucson, Arizona.
• Interns are expected to work 25 hours per week and participate in training camps as scheduled.
• The Internship length is a 3-6 months in duration.

Steve Karlsson

Business Development Manager

Carmichael Training Systems - Tucson


Phone: 866-355-0645

7000 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 26

Tucson, AZ 85715


Here is what previous Interns have said about the program:

“The opportunity to work with real members and help them achieve goals is an overwhelmingly rewarding experience. (That’s why we all want to be coaches in the first place!) In addition to the "learning by doing" structure, the program encourages (and requires) several forms of continuing education to broaden our knowledge of the many aspects of coaching. Additionally, since the Senior, Pro and Premier CTS Coaches work with athletes at the highest levels in many different sports, they serve as a tremendous resource for developing coaches. The wealth of knowledge from the higher level coaches is easily accessible and not only helps ensure we have the right answers, but also provides another great learning/mentoring opportunity.”

“The CTS Internship program is a highly interactive and multifaceted position which incorporates excellent continuing education with hands-on and Internet-based coaching application.”


 <Updated December 2010>

The Hills Fitness Center, in Austin, Texas, has internship opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students seeking to gain practical experience in the operations of a large, multi-purpose fitness club and several onsite corporate fitness centers. Interns will work closely with the fitness specialists, personal trainers, and the management staff supervising and delivering high quality fitness and wellness services to the members. The internship experience may include: computerized fitness testing; exercise prescription/programming and supervision; health promotion programs; supervision of recreational activities; membership and sales; front desk operations and other member services. Coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical conditioning, and testing principles is required; classes in nutrition, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and health promotion are helpful. Current CPR certification required. Free housing is provided. Internships are offered fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information, please contact: Internship Coordinator, The Hills Fitness Center, 4615 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78746, (512) 327-4881. Check out our web site at!


The WestLake Club is a Business & Sports Club located in west Houston. WestLake is affiliated with ClubCorp, which operates over 200 private clubs and resorts throughout the world. An internship at the WestLake Club will provide a dynamic, learning environment which will assist you in gaining experience in many areas of the private club industry. In the past, internships with a ClubCorp Club have proven to be an advantage in regards to future employment with the organization. WestLake is an extensive exercise facility which includes cardiovascular and strength equipment, fitness testing and instruction, aerobics, basketball, racquetball and squash. Interns will be expected to complete an intern training program consisting of written materials, exercise testing & prescription, hands-on involvement with various fitness and athletic programs and completion of an intern project. Current CPR certification is required. Application deadline and dates of internship availability are open. Contact Robert Reed, Athletic Director, The WestLake Club, 570 WestLake Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77079, (281) 556-1129.


The University Club is a Private, Sports/Business club located in the Prestigious Galleria area of Houston. The University Club is an affiliate of Club Corp, which operates over 200 private clubs and golf resorts throughout the world. The University Club offers internships for undergraduate students in Kinesiology, exercise physiology, corporate wellness and club or business management. The internship program allows the student to begin learning the skills needed to manage and/or work in a private club industry with special focus on creating personalized service in an athletic setting. You as an intern will learn exercise prescription, facility accounting, management and payroll, as well as client and customer interaction. We will help you to achieve certification through our very own star service program. This will show you how to create personalized service to all members you come into contact with. Individuals must have strong interpersonal skills as well as time management and a "think on your feet" attitude. CPR certification required, and a nationally recognized Personal Training and/or Group Exercise certification encouraged but not a must. A stipend is available for those who qualify. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Rich Andrae or Colleen Kane, University Club, 5051 Westheimer, Suite #355, Houston, Texas, 77056. Phone: (713) 621-4811  Fax:  (713) 964-3760 Email:, or,     


The Lincoln City Club, located in Dallas, Texas offers internships for enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate students in exercise science, exercise physiology, fitness management, kinesiology, health promotion or a related field who are looking to develop their skills and career in the health and fitness industry. Interns will have the chance to expand their knowledge and experience in fitness assessment, exercise prescription, health promotion, wellness, lifestyle counseling, exercise leadership, recreational programming, club management, marketing, special interest project, and more. The Lincoln City Club is a 50,000 sq. ft. facility with an eighth of a mile indoor running track along with a weight room including Cybex, Body Master, Keiser, and free weight equipment. The cardiovascular area contains Cybex bicycles, Quinton treadmills, Stairmasters, Precor Eliptical Crosstrainers and Cardio Theater. The club also features a 20 meter, five lane indoor pool, whirlpool, steam rooms, dry sauna, group exercise studio, four racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, massage therapy, pro shop, restaurant and salon. Interested candidates with strong interpersonal communication skills and who are certified in CPR please send cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to Lora Hinchcliff, Lincoln City Club, 5440 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75240. For more information call (972) 239-8900 or email requests to



The Seretean Wellness Center at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is seeking college student interns. Internships are available to students with backgrounds in exercise science, health/wellness, health promotion, physical education, marketing/advertising, nutrition, computer science, or student personnel. The Center, a 30,000 sq. ft. facility, offers adult fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and other health promotion programs. Interns will gain experience and have responsibilities in the following areas: fitness testing, exercise prescription, exercise program orientation, exercise supervision, facilities operations, health promotion, wellness counseling, marketing, development and implementation of special programs, and organization and distribution of health education materials. Strong personal interaction skills and a strong personal interest in health and fitness preferred. Interns should exhibit characteristics of good health and serve as an appropriate role model. They should possess good communication skills and a high level of enthusiasm. Computer knowledge is helpful. CPR certification is required and offered during training. Duration is 14 weeks minimum. Stipend is $1,000 and discounted university housing is available. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter specifying which term they are applying for, a resume, official transcript(s), and a reference letter from the applicant's academic supervisor to: Oklahoma State University, Seretean Wellness Center, Attention: Mary Talley, 1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078-2026, (405) 744-6907, Fax (405) 744-7670, Email:


The University of Texas Health Science Center Recreation Center in Houston, Texas offers wellness internship positions the entire year.  Duties:  Interns will be responsible for daily operations of wellness program.  Interns will plan and coordinate existing and new fitness and health programs for employees and students.   Additionally, interns assist in research and contract fitness testing, wellness activities such as wellness fair, walking programs, wellness activities for sports camps, daily facility operations;  and they become CPR certified.   Qualifications:  Students must possess experience in the health/fitness industry, a current CPR/First Aid card, an outgoing personality and the ability to adapt to a culturally diverse population.  Candidate must be able to commit to a three month contract.  
Salary/Stipend:  None

Send cover letter and three letters of recommendation to:  Corey Jefferson, Wellness Coordinator, 7779 Knight Road, Houston, TX  77054.


The University of Texas Health Science Center Recreation Center in Houston, Texas offers recreational sports & facility internship positions during the year.  Duties:  Interns will be responsible for assisting with daily operations of the rec sports program and facility operations.  Interns will plan and coordinate existing and new rec leagues and programs for students, faculty and staff.  Additionally, interns assist in facility & field management as well as supervising sports camps and swim program in the summer months.  Qualifications:  Students must possess experience in the rec sports and or youth program industry, a current CPR/First Aid card, an outgoing personality and the ability to adapt to a culturally diverse population.  Candidate must be able to commit to a three month contract.   Salary/Stipend:  None

Send cover letter and three letters of recommendation to:  Chucky Son, Rec Sports & Youth Program Coordinator, 7779 Knight Road, Houston, TX  77054.


Non-Profit (2)

The Cooper Institute is a nonprofit research and education center dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationship between living habits and health and to providing leadership in implementing these concepts to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of individuals. Internship positions are available for the spring, summer, and fall. Study tracks include the areas of Epidemiology, Clinical Applications, Continuing Education and Health Promotion. Opportunities include exercise testing, wellness programs, children's health, physical activity interventions, clinical trials, and health and fitness workshops. Other opportunities for the intern are field trips, weekly seminars, access to a professional library with holdings in the areas of general sports medicine, epidemiology, behavioral science, exercise physiology, cardiology, and nutrition, quarterly literature reviews to discuss current published research studies, and interns have use of the Cooper Fitness Center for the duration of their internship. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please contact Erin Sinclair, Cooper Institute, 12330 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230, Email:, or our website at for more information.


The Downtown Dallas YMCA, serving approximately 5,000 adult and family members, offers a wide variety of experiences for full-time and part-time graduate and undergraduate students in a supervised, structured internship. As one of the largest metropolitan YMCAs in the country, this 150,000 square foot facility includes an indoor swimming pool; jogging tracks; 2 aerobics exercise studios; cardiovascular exercise areas with ellipticals, stairmasters, treadmills, stationary bikes and more; 9 racquetball and handball courts; 4 squash courts; 3 basketball courts; Olympic weight room; Cybex with Fitlynxx installed; Ground Zero Circuit; Hi-Tech equipment; pro shop; deli food bar; lounge area and 2 indoor parking lots. Interns will be exposed to a comprehensive wellness program with an emphasis on fitness, sports management, and marketing. Internships are available to students with backgrounds in exercise science, sports management, recreation, health education, nutrition, marketing/advertising, facility operations and program management. Intern responsibilities may include fitness testing, nutrition, exercise counseling, fitness programming and supervision, membership retention, health promotion and education, teaching classes, working with volunteers, marketing and sports management. In addition, the fall semester internship offers a special opportunity to work directly with the management of the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. This major road race event attracts 20,000 runners on Thanksgiving morning and requires extensive work in planning, organization and promotion. Part-time paid work is available and a lunch allowance is provided. To apply contact: Robin Baldock, Downtown Dallas YMCA, 601 North Akard, Dallas, TX 75201, (214) 954-0500.



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