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.
Below is information and resources regarding the practice experiences specifically for Exercise Science students.
Undergraduate BS Exercise Science students are required to complete 2 credit hours of EXSC 3110 Internship for 100 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 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 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. Graduate students within the MPH Public Health Nutrition program have completed practicums at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the Capital Area Food Bank, and at the US Department of Agriculture.