Global Partnerships & Initiatives
Internships in Australia - Kinesiology
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.
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).
Limited number of spaces available, admission to the program is a competitive process.
Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology
*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)
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:
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.
1. Faculty Coordinator Interview
Potential participants should meet with Dr. Deborah Riebe, KIN Dept. Chair, for a formal interview - Faculty Post Interview Form
(For the spring 2015 semester, student should meet with Dr. Blissmer as Dr. Riebe is on sabbatical - contact info. below).
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.
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:
General Program Questions:
URI Office of International Education
firstname.lastname@example.org, 401- 874-5546
Academic Program Questions:
Dr. Deborah Riebe (Spring 2015 on sabbatical, contact Dr. Blissmer during this period).
Professor & Dept. Chair, KIN
Dr. Bryan Blissmer
Questions for TEAN:
Program Manager- TEAN