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Beyond the Classroom - Health and Kinesiology


Practical experience is critical to success in careers in fields such as physical education and training, and internships give students the opportunity to gain that experience in real-world work environments before graduation. Internships occur in a variety of contexts, such as schools, fitness facilities, boys and girls clubs, YMCAs and strength and conditioning facilities. Students have participated in internships as nearby as New Bedford, and as far as the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The College of Education and Health Sciences has a strong network and working relationship with local and regional health and exercise facilities, and agencies and communities. These health facilities and agencies provide excellent internship opportunities for our health sciences students and prepares them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Students connect with their faculty advisor and the clinical coordinator in health sciences to determine internship placements. Below is a list of local and regional facilities and agencies the health and kinesiology department works with regularly.

  • 110 Fitness
  • 2 Thumbs Up Hand Therapy, LLC
  • Academic Public Health Volunteer Crops
  • Amada Senior Care
  • Athletic Performance Training
  • Athletic Republic
  • Bay Pointe Rehabilitation Center
  • Bay State Physical Therapy
  • Bennet Elementary School
  • Boys & Girls Club Freight Farms
  • Brockton HEAL Coalition
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cardinal Spellman High School
  • CrossFit Prosperity
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Fall River YMCA
  • Family Resources Incorporated- Health Relationship
  • FBT Medical Aesthetics
  • Girls Inc 
  • Health First
  • Justice 4Housing
  • Liberty Fitness Boston
  • New Human
  • Northeast Health and Fitness
  • Norton Board of Health
  • Ortho Rhode Island
  • Performance Physical Therapy
  • Powerhouse Training
  • PPAL – Parent/Professional Advocacy League
  • Provincetown Board of Health
  • Select Physical Therapy
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Southshore YMCA
  • The Gym
  • The Southeastern Vascular Outpatient Endovascular Center
  • Thriveworks
  • Watertown Boys & Girls Club
  • Wellpath

Learn more about Bridgewater’s internship program


Practicums allow students to learn by observing and documenting how working professionals perform their job responsibilities.

Undergraduate Research

Each year, more than 1,300 undergraduates conduct independent research projects under the guidance of a BSU faculty member. Performing research makes graduates especially attractive to prospective employers by demonstrating independence and focus and allowing students the opportunity to publish or present their findings before receiving their degree. Recent undergraduate research projects include investigations into patient experiences with healthcare providers and exercise promotion, character strengths in elementary school boys, and the impact of alcohol and opioids on communities.

Learn more about undergraduate research at BSU. 

Athletic Training Club

This student-led organization promotes sports medicine and the allied health profession of athletic training.

Physical Education Majors Club

Students come together to inspire and support each other in their efforts to become dedicated professionals and outstanding leaders in the field of physical education.


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