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Athletic Therapy Internships

All athletic therapy majors must complete a minimum of 3 credits in AT 4890 - Cooperative Work Experience (internship).

The amount of credits you earn in the course depends on the amount of time you spend at your internship site (1 internship credit is equal to 60 internship hours). You may split up the 3 required credits among semesters. For example, you may take 1 credit during the fall semester at one internship site and 2 during the spring semester at a different internship site. You may repeat the course for a maximum of 6 credits.

Registering for Your Internship

Take the following steps to register for your internship:

  1. Determine how many credits you are going to take for the upcoming semester. You must complete 60 internship hours for each credit earned. Check with your advisor to be sure that you will have enough upper-division credits to graduate (40 minimum).
  2. Locate a site to do your internship. If you need help finding an internship site, contact the course instructor Dr. Conrad Gabler at and/or review the list of internship sites that have taken Athletic Therapy interns in the past: Past Internship Sites.
    *Note: Some internship sites may require students to provide immunization records, complete a background check, and/or complete a drug test.  Some sites may also have other requirements such as required trainings.  All expenses associated with internships are the student's responsibility.
  3. Download the Internship Manual and review the course content and assignments. (Internship Manual as a Word document)
  4. Print the appropriate internship contract, depending on whether your internship will be paid or unpaid.

    Complete the contract, sign it, have your internship supervisor (the AT, PT, OT, PA, MD, etc. who will be supervising you on your internship) sign it, and then set up a meeting with the course instructor.

    To set up an internship for AT 4890, contact Dr. Conrad Gabler at

  5. After you have submitted your contract, the course instructor will submit an override to allow you to register for the course and will review the syllabus, course requirements and deadlines with you.

Starting Your Internship Early

You can begin your internship hours prior to the beginning of the semester in which you will register. However, you must first meet with the course instructor and submit your signed contract prior to beginning.

You cannot get credit for hours earned prior to submitting a contract.

For example, you could bring your contract to the course instructor in May and register for the fall semester. This would allow you to begin your internship in May and have until the end of the fall semester to complete your hours.

While you can begin your hours early, you MUST finish them on time (by the last day of final exams of the semester in which you are registered).