Practice Experience

At GW, public health students gain practical skills and knowledge through a variety of practice experiences. GW’s extensive network of public health settings enables students to partner with the very top Washington, D.C., national or international health organizations and learn to apply academic knowledge and theory in real-world professional practice settings. Depending on the program and department, students participate in a combination of internships, a supervised practicum project, residency, and/or culminating experience. In every program, students gain confidence and real-world experience through their practice experiences.

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Below is information and resources regarding the practice experiences specifically for Exercise Science students.

Undergraduate Internship

Undergraduate BS Exercise Science students are required to complete 3 credit hours of EXSC 3110 Internship for 300 hours.  Internship sites are chosen by each student and have included the National Institutes of Health, Children’s National Medical Center, many Physical Therapy clinics, and the Pentagon Fit to Win Program. 

Graduate Internship

Graduate students in the MS Strength and Conditioning program participate in internships working with college and professional level athletes such as working with the Washington Redskins, the Wizards, the Capitals and at the Olympic training center.

Graduate Clinical Intership

Graduate students in the MS Clinical Exercise Physiology program participate in clinical internships in various local hospitals including National Rehabilitation Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, INOVA Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute, Washington Hospital Center and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

Graduate Practicum

Graduate students pursing the MPH Physical Activity in Public Health degree have completed practicums at the National Cancer Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, the National Parks Service, the American Heart Association, the Pentagon Fit to Win Program and many nonprofit organizations.