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Internships and Research

Internships allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspective and make valuable professional connections. We require our exercise majors to complete an internship — and we'll help you find one, through our active career development office, strong alumnae network and well-connected faculty.

Recent internship sites include:

  • Acceleration Minnesota
  • Children’s Hospital of St. Paul
  • Courage Center
  • Institute of Athletic Medicine
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • TRIA Orthopaedic Center
  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • YWCA
  • YMCA

St. Kate’s students have also assisted with health promotion activities in corporate settings, such as 3M. St. Kate’s dual-degree exercise science and physical therapy (PT) students have served as interns at PT clinics such as the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center, Courage Center and the Institute for Athletic Medicine.

Research opportunities

“Now I can read case studies about an experiment and understand the steps the researchers went through.” — Heidi Sande, St. Kate’s student

Our students regularly conduct multi-disciplinary human performance experiments at St. Kate’s state-of-the-art Women’s Health Integrative Research (WHIR) Center.

They also present their work at regional and national conferences, as well as Science@St. Kate's Day on campus. They are co-authors with faculty on research papers and publications.

These professional experiences give you a competitive edge at job interviews or with career advancement opportunities. You can enhance your analytical and leadership skills at St. Kate’s through the:

  • Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program, which provides funding for research during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.
  • 3M Large-and Small-Scale Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants fund projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Past research includes "The Influence of Massage Therapy on Stress Levels and Weight Management in Women" and “Where to Carry Kids? A Comparison of Women and Men during Walking & Thermoregulation in Early Human Infants (Hot Babies).”
  • Assistantship Mentoring Program, an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. Student Megan Marie Gosselin worked with Associate Professor Mark Blegen on a study related to “How and Why Athletes Eat.”

Service-learning opportunities

St. Kate's partners with the YWCA of Minneapolis for its annual YWCA Women's Triathlon, the only women's triathlon in Minnesota. Nearly 100 Katies, friends and family have volunteered on the route to cheer on 2,000 competitors.

Our exercise science majors also assist at the Twin Cities Marathon and share their knowledge in workshops sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

EXSS Club

The Exercise and Sport Science Club keeps you informed of professional opportunities and brings speakers to campus to share career tips. Club members organize community events — often in cooperation with St. Kate’s athletic teams.