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Internships in Australia - Kinesiology


Program Overview

URI and its affiliate, The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), are offering qualifying Kinesiology (KIN) majors the opportunity to complete their Supervised Field Experience in Australia. Students can take advantage of our connections Down Under to earn URI credit, develop new personal and professional networks, and gain valuable experiential experience during their summer or semester internship abroad. These internships can take place in one of three locations: Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne. Students not only have the opportunity to gain future career experience, but a greater cultural understanding through immersion in the Australian occupational environment and participation in three cultural excursions organized by TEAN.

Depending on the term selected, students will engage in between 35 and 40 hours of work per week in fields related to health & fitness, clinical exercise physiology, and strength & conditioning. Both URI and TEAN will work with participants to pull together elements that favor learning, obtaining valuable workplace skills, personal growth, and hands-on cross-cultural field training.  This unique collaboration provides students with the academic expertise of their home institution, as well as the broad scope of experience and support our partner is known for such as its pre- and post-departure orientation programs, in-country resident director services, and 24/7 emergency assistance.


Program Highlights

  • Pre-departure planning including pre-placement facilitation (interview preparation and coordination), visa assistance, travel planning and guidance support.
  • Arrival airport reception, 3 day Orientation Program including ground transportation, some meals, and informational sessions.
  • Housing including utilities and internet
    • Housing located within convenient distance of public transportation
    • Twin-Share Occupancy
    • Fully furnished apartments
  • Resident Director Services in Australia
  • 3 unique cultural events over the course of the semester in addition to a Welcome and Farewell dinner. Past cultural events have included a rugby match, theatre outing, and the Sydney Symphony at the world renowned Sydney Opera House. Select meals for students during orientation and cultural events are also included.
  • Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
  • Pre-departure information and assistance from Australia & US-based staff.
  • Group Flight Assistance, if required
  • Internship Certificate
  • Employer Reference
  • Placement into professional HR recruiter talent pool for future employment
  • Suggestions for weekend activities and excursions


Students can earn 12 URI Academic Credits for the following courses:

KIN 484-Supervised Field Work

Sample internship placements include:


Position Placement location(s) Primary Responsibilities
Sports Medicine Intern

Fremantle/Perth (subject to change)

Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Strength and Conditioning


While the intenship coordinators will do their best to accommodate the requests related to location (both city and host organization), the priority in any placement is to ensure the duties and responsibilities undertaken are the best possible fit for the intern and host organization, participants are in environments that provide the optimum opportunity for learning objectives to be met, and the placement works well with the host organization over the period of the internship(s). 


Eligibility Requirements

Limited number of spaces available, admission to the program is a competitive process.

  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology

  • Successful Interview with URI Faculty Coordinator

*Other qualifications may be required depending on internship position

Students must be of either junior or senior standing and be pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. The internships will qualify for 12 credits at URI under KIN 484 Supervised Fieldwork and can take place as either a semester long (14 weeks) or summer program (8-10 weeks).


Program Dates and Application Deadlines:

Summer 10 Week Internship (40 hours work week) - Late May to early August

Application Deadline - March 1st

Fall 14 Week Internship (Min. 35 hour work week) - Mid-August to late November

Application Deadline - March 15th

Spring 14 Week Internship (Min. 35 hour work week) - Late January to early May

Application Deadline - October 1st


Estimated Program Costs ( All fees subject to change)


Summer Program Fee:  $10,855 - $11,635 (depends on housing option selected)*

Semester Program Fee: $16,733 - $18,043 (depends on housing option selected)*

*These estimates include the URI Off-campus Study Fees and OIE Administratives fees.

Housing fees range from $3,750 - 4,500 for 10 weeks, $3,750 - 5,900 for 14 weeks.  Accommodation placements are based upon availability.


Additional Expenses Fees:

  • Visa costs (subclass 462 - approx. USD $395 per intern)
  • Health Insurance: TEAN advises interns to check to see what their overseas deductible is under their parent’s health insurance and depending on what that is they can also consider utilizing International Travel Insurance (, or comparable policy. 
  • Students will also be charged for URI's Health Insurance Plan -

    This may be waived with proof of comparable insurance and completion of the URI Health Insurance Waiver.

  • Housing security deposit ($350)
  • HTH Travel Evac & Repat Insurance coverage (approx. $150)
  • Most meals 
  • Transportation to/from internship placement
  • Airfare and departure airport transportation
  • Passport fees, flight taxes, and airport departure taxes
  • Personal spending money, tips and gratuities
  • Any other item not specified as included in program fee


Getting Started:

1. Faculty Coordinator Interview

Potential participants should meet with Dr. Deborah Riebe, KIN Dept. Chair, for a formal interview - Faculty Post Interview Form

2. Application Process

After completing an interview with the Faculty Coordinator applicants should complete the online General Information Session and then contact the Office of International Education to schedule an advising appointment at 401-874-5546. During the the appointment, candidates will be provided with the necessary URI Education Abroad Paperwork required to apply.

3. In addition, program applicants also must also complete the TEAN Internship Application.  To begin this process, an on-line account must be created by going to the TEAN  Virtual Application Manager (VAM).  Please note that a $400 program deposit will be required and is payable with credit card from the application account.


After Admission:

Students admitted to the internship program will work closely with URI and TEAN program staff to finalize placement arrangements and assist with details related to the following:

  • Internship placement assistance
  • Pre-Departure advice and preparation information
  • URI Pre-departure Paperwork (i.e. registration, financial aid, billing)
  • Visa Application and Flight arrangement assistance
  • Finalizing accomodation details
  • Host country arrival assistance
  • Follow-up communication/regularly scheduled academic support for the duration of the internship

More Information

General Program Questions:

Tom Hospod,

URI Office of International Education, 401- 874-5546

Academic Program Questions:

Dr. Deborah Riebe 

Professor & Dept. Chair, KIN, 401-874-5444

Questions for TEAN:

John Yocum

Program Manager- TEAN