Opportunities & Resources
Clubs: Allied Health Majors Club; Athletic Training Education Club; Exercise Science Club; Student Majors Association of North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Student North Carolina Association of Educators
Professional Associations: Our faculty encourage students to join professional associations and organizations that will assist in their professional growth and development.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals strong from 90 countries around the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, from academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, this association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives. Visit the ACSM website at http://www.acsm.org/.
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, today the NATA has grown to more than 35,000 members worldwide. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA – to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. Their website is at http://www.nata.org/.
The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). NASSM is actively involved in supporting and assisting professionals working in the fields of sport, leisure and recreation. The purpose of the North American Society for Sport Management is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, scholarly writing, and professional development in the area of sport management - both theoretical and applied aspects. Topics of interest to NASSM members include sport marketing, future directions in management, employment perspectives, management competencies, leadership, sport and the law, personnel management, facility management, organizational structures, fund raising, and conflict resolution.For more information about the NASSM organization visit their website at http://www.nassm.com/.
- SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport – all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. To learn more about SHAPE America, go to http://www.shapeamerica.org/.
Internships and Practical Experiences: Internships and practical experience courses are available to all of our students so that they may gain real-world experiences or pursue service learning opportunities if they wish. Some of our majors require internships or shorter duration practical experiences. For example, Sport Management majors are required to complete a 6 credit hour internship (EXER 494) in the sport industry, which create excellent career connections and hands-on learning experiences. Kinesiology Majors must complete a 3 credit hour practicum (EXER 492), which allows them to gain a greater insight into the practical side of their area of interest, whether it is in an academic arear or a health profesiion. Sport coaching practicums (EXER 492) are the capstone of the major and provide students with the opportunity to practice the skills learned in the classroom. A 1 credit field experience (EXER 391) consisting of 40 contact hours in a hands-on learning environment is available to all majors so that they may explore their chosen field earlier in their college career.
Here are some examples of recent internships:
Marcus Maynard (Sport Management May 2016) interned with the US Golf Association during the summer of 2014. During his internship, Marcus worked the US OPEN Golf Championship in Pinehurst, NC and got an inside perspective of the prestigious golf tournament, meet players, and had a great experience learning from the USGA staff.
Jonathan Boggs (Sport Management May 2015) did an internship in the summer of 2014 with the Carolina Railhawks. He was involved with marketing, daily operations, ticket sales, and leadership responsibilities. In an email to his advisor, Jonathan said, "I got to go to lunch with the President and two of the Vice Presidents of the Railhawks to talk about the industry and what it takes to be successful; it was a great opportunity and I made sure to ask a lot of questions!"
In the summer of 2014, Athletic Training Majors Marisa Warren (2017), Kelli Preston (2015), and Kelly Barnes (2015) worked with Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). They travelled to locations across the US to provide athletic training support for summer camps under the direction of certified and licensed athletic trainers. UCA camps range in size from 50-600 cheerleaders ages 4 to 18.
Daniel Sippy (Sport Management 2014) spent his final semester at Campbell interning North Carolina’s most-listened-to sports radio program, The David Glenn Show. Read more about Daniel's experience here and here.
Brandon Stegall (Exercise & Sport Science 2014) directed the summer strength and conditioning program for the Concord First Assembly Academy (Concord, NC) High School Football Team under the direction of Coach Craig Kean.
- Candice Shultz (Athletic Training 2011) was chosen to intern in New York City working at Radio City Music Hall with the world-famous Rockettes. Candice assisted the athletic training department in its day-to-day operations and in the process, provided services to dancers at the top of their profession. Read more about Candice's internship here.
Opportunities for Advanced Study: EXER 490 Directed Study presents advanced students to pursue unique interests or design their own course. Advanced students may also choose to conduct a research project (EXER 496) under the direction of an experienced researcher or investigate a clinical issue (EXER 498) and participate in its treatment/rehabilitation under the direction of an experienced clinical professional.
What can I do with a degree in Exercise Science?
Be an entrepreneur, and start your own business...
- Our EXER 461 Sport Entrepreneurship course was the first course of its type in the United States.
Continue your education to become a...
- Medical Doctor
- Physician Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
Go to graduate school for further study in...
- Athletic Training
- Exercise Physiology
- Fitness and Wellness
- Health and Physical Education
- Motor Behavior
- Motor Control
- Motor Development
- Motor Learning
- Sport Administration
- Sport Coaching
- Sport Management
- Sport Marketing
- Sport Psychology
- Sport Sociology
- Health and Physical Education Teacher
- Athletic Trainer
- Personal Trainer
- Fitness Center Director
- Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Director of Sports Marketing
- Director of Athletic Operations
- Manager of a Health Club/Spa
- Biomechanics Specialist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Sports Agent
- Parks and Recreationalist
- Wellness Specialist
- Athletic Director
And much more!