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CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IN ATHLETIC TRAINING

 

PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNSHIP:

The purpose of the clinical internship is to provide athletic training students with an additional opportunity to gain practical experience in an external private sports medicine clinic or educational setting which is involved in athletic health care. The athletic training clinical internship is an active learning experience for the student and serves as a professional field experience and early career experience for them to apply their skills and knowledge. The internship experience also provides the students with the opportunity to work under the direct supervision of another skilled professional in the deliverance of athletic health care in an on-site athletic training/sports medicine establishment.

The student receives 12 semester hours of credit for the internship experience. The student is expected to spend a minimum of eight hours per day, for the equivalent of five days per week, for 12 weeks at the internship location. During the internship semester, students essentially become a member of the facility staff. They will be expected to conduct themselves in the same professional manner as the full time staff. The conclusion of the internship experience will involve the student returning to campus to make a presentation to his/her peers and faculty.

Students must file appropriate documents with the department or program curriculum committee requesting permission to register for the internship. Students will select an appropriate internship site in consultation with the program director. Students will be expected to explore multiple possible sites prior to the final selection. While the completion of the necessary steps for completion of the internship will be a joint venture, it is the student's responsibility to initiate all procedures.

Given the limited opportunities for exposure to private sports medicine clinics or for experience in large athletic settings such as NCAA Division I programs, the clinical internship is the ideal solution. Students will be able to select their internship site according to their career goals and will work cooperatively with the program director to arrange for the internship experience. The obvious advantage of this arrangement is that Longwood students will gain visibility and networking contacts for themselves, the program, and the college. The CAATE Standards encourage sponsoring institutions to utilize a variety of health care facilities to supplement student experiences in the primary clinical setting.

 
 On-site Supervisor Responsibilities

The role of the on-site supervisor is essential to the internship experience. It is the job of the supervisor to provide ample opportunities for the student intern to apply his/her skills. It is also the role of the supervisor to provide an educational environment of continuing learning during the internship.

The supervisor must be a certified athletic trainer who meets the CAATE qualifications as a clinical instructor. The on-site supervisor will be the contact person to the college and will be the supervisor of the student intern. If the supervisor agrees to have the student complete the internship under their direction, the supervisor will be required to:

1. Actively supervise the student during the internship period.

2. Meet with the student prior to the beginning of the internship to design a schedule.

3. Explain policy and procedures of your clinical setting and program to the student intern.

4. Complete a written student intern progress evaluation and meet with the student to discuss their strengths and weaknesses at this point in their experience, every three weeks throughout the duration of the internship.

5. Submit the periodic evaluations to the college internship coordinator and comment on any praises or concerns at this time in the evaluation period.

6. Report any and all problems to the college internship coordinator.

7. Ensure students are following professional ethics.

8. Complete a final evaluation for the student at the end of the designated internship period, and recommend a letter grade for the student.
 

Program Director Responsibilities

The responsibility of the program director is to assist the student in initiating the search for possible internship sites. The program director is expected to:

1. Process the necessary administrative forms for internship approval through the athletic training program committee of the Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation & Kinesiology.

 

2. Assist the student in the search for possible internship sites.

3. Furnish potential internship providers with introductory information about the athletic training education program and the internship experience.

4. Send contracts and confirmations to the on-site supervisor.
 

Internship Coordinator Responsibilities

The responsibility of the internship coordinator is to serve as the liaison between the college and the on-site supervisor and the student during the internship experience. The internship coordinator is expected to:

1. Review the on-site supervisor's evaluation and the student-intern's self-evaluation at the conclusion of each three-week period.

2. Communicate with the on-site supervisor at the conclusion of each three-week evaluation period via telephone or electronic mail.

3. Communicate with the student-intern at the conclusion of each three-week evaluation period via telephone or electronic mail.

4. Arrange to visit the student on-site if warranted by virtue of conflicting reports from the student and the on-site supervisor.

5. Meet with the student-intern upon completion of the internship experience for the purpose of program evaluation discussions.

6. Maintain files of all student-intern evaluations and materials.

7. Assign the final grade to the student-intern following the completion of the internship.
 

Criteria for Selection of Internship Locations

The internship is one of the many important steps in the professional preparation of the students majoring in  athletic training . The location that the student selects for their internship site, must meet the following requirements to be approved as an internship location:

1. The agency must have a desire to participate in an educational program for the purpose of improving the preparation of personnel within the athletic training profession.

2. There must be evidence of a sound professional philosophy in the agency's operation of programs and services.

3. The agency must be involved with injury evaluation and rehabilitation, administration of treatment and rehabilitation programs, and involvement with equipment used for objective testing.

4. The agency must have sound administrative procedures including qualified personnel to supervise student interns.

5. The agency must have a capable staff, qualified both through education and experience, to supervise student interns. A certified athletic trainer who meets the CAATE qualifications as a clinical instructor is required for supervision of student athletic training interns.

6. The agency must be able to provide the student intern with a variety of experiences in injury assessment, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

7. The agency is not required to pay a monetary stipend to the intern or to the college, nor is it a prime consideration when selecting internship locations.
 

Student Procedures for Internship Placement

The initiation for the site selection for the internship is the responsibility of the student. There are certain gateway requirements the student must have fulfilled prior to applying for the internship. Those requirements are:

1. The student must have completed all of the screening competencies, including having scheduled the Longwood Athletic Training Competency Exit Examination.

2. The student, prior to doing their internship, must have successfully completed (grade of C- or better) all course work in the major.

3. The internship location should be confirmed at least 60 days in advance of the starting date.

4. Prior to the final selection of the internship location, the student must arrange for an interview with a prospective on-site supervisor. The student is encouraged to visit more than one facility before making the final selection.