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Internships, Field and Cooperative Work Experiences


Nutrition Education

Students in the integrative nutrition emphasis must complete a minimum of 2 credits of NUTR 4860 - Field Experience (1–2).

Sixty field experience hours equal 1 class credit hour. Not all credits have to be completed in the same semester. For example, a student could take 1 credit in the fall and then retake the course in spring for 1 credit.

Internship Site

The primary field experience site is currently the WSU Davis campus greenhouse, garden and food lab. However, students may also seek out paid and unpaid internship positions elsewhere.


Meet with the nutrition education coordinator Matthew Smith to review the following paperwork:

Heidi Costello

Swenson Building Room 313B


Prior to registering for NUTR 4860, you must complete NUTR 1240 and have your faculty supervisor consent prior to registration.


We recommend checking with your advisor, Heidi Costello (, to go over your degree requirements and to be sure that you will have enough upper-division hours to graduate (40 minimum) before registering for NUTR 4860.


Exercise & Sport Science

Students completing the fitness professional emphasis must complete both ESS 2890 - Cooperative Work Experience (1–6) and/or ESS 4890 - Cooperative Work Experience (1–6) for a total of 5 credit hours. Sixty field experience hours equal 1 class credit hour. Not all credits have to be completed in the same semester. For example, a student could take ESS 2890 for 2 credits in the fall and then take ESS 4890 in spring for 3 credits.

Internship Site

You may find an internship site on our site list: ESS Internship Sites. Or you may contact the internship coordinator, Matthew Smith, for help finding one at

New Internship Sites

You are welcome to establish a connection with a new site (one at which a WSU student has not interned), but please be aware that this may require more time. New sites will occasionally require the establishment of a contract of agreement between the site and Weber State University, and it is not uncommon for this process to take more than a month.

Site Visits

Your internship coordinator will visit sites half way through the semester. During this visit, the coordinator will speak with you and your site supervisor and to have you show some activities on which you have been making progress. If you are engaged at an internship site that is some distance away, and an in-person meeting can not be arranged, a phone call or zoom meeting may be held to touch base with you and your site supervisor.


Download and review the Internship Manual (pdf). Print and fill out the Exercise & Sport Science Internship Contract (pdf) or use this fillable internship contract pdf. Once completed, sign your contract and have your internship supervisor sign it.

Set up a meeting with Matthew Smith (Swenson Building room 323; to turn your signed contract in and review your internship. He will submit an override to allow you to register for the course and will review the syllabus/course requirements/deadlines with you.