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HPW Internship: Verizon Wireless

Posted by Deising, Deanna - June 20, 2016 - 2016 Internships, HPW Internships, Out-of-State, Worksite

HPW Student Internship Perspective – Tyler Cornell 16′
Interning within the Verizon Wireless Health and Wellness Center was an amazing experience! I was able to do a wide variety of things such as teach group fitness, personal train, coordinate events, perform fitness assessments, create a fitness incentive program, promote a healthy culture, and many more productive and interactive things. On a daily basis I was able to interact with members of the health and wellness center that were on many different levels and stages of the wellness spectrum. Being that there was a very diverse population with varying needs, I was able to get optimal experience while working with groups as well as one on one. My favorite part about interning with Verizon was the guidance and opportunity that my supervisors provided me. Before my time with them, I had no experience teaching an organized group exercise class. By stepping out of my comfort zone and having support I was able to create my own barbell class in addition to teaching cardio kickboxing and spin on a weekly basis. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and obtaining engagement from the employees within this Verizon center was also a large part of my overall experience. I was given the opportunity to create promotional and informative material to post in the wellness center and in many high traffic areas of the facility. In addition, I was able to create a lunch-and-learn to present to a small group of employees to create awareness and discussion about exercise and overall well-being.


  1. Behavior:
    1. Observe and assist with fitness tests and assessments.
      1. Step Test
      2. Body composition estimation
      3. Performing blood pressure checks
      4. Flexibility testing
      5. Sit-ups
      6. A follow up review of the results with the employee.
    2. Assist and conduct fitness center orientations for new members.
      1. Go over machines and how they can be used.
      2. Keep a positive attitude and inform them of all of the benefits of the center.
    3. Shadow and participate in leading group exercise.
      1. Potentially a strength class.
    4. Observe, shadow, and assist with health coaching sessions with the Verizon coaches.
    5. Create a new incentive program for members.
    6. Lead a Lunch-n-Learn
      1. Create a presentation about a facet of health and wellness to deliver to employees on their lunch break. (nutrition)
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Use bulletin board for promotion
      1. Newsletter
      2. Wall of Fame
      3. New member pictures
    2. Market the fitness center and promote memberships and attendance
    3. Promote monthly lunch-n-learns
    4. Update and work on website (member of the month, group exercise schedule, calendar, coach’s list, recipe of the month)
    5. Promote newsletter on bulletin board and in break rooms
    6. Help with promotional e-mails
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Personal Training Organization (Ongoing)
      1. Keep track of appointments in weekly calendar
      2. Contact members who signed up every day to confirm
      3. Differentiate between beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
    2. Organize training logs of members
    3. File system-payroll
    4. Assist in organization of monthly newsletter

On-Site Supervisor
Lauren Tournai
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Verizon Wireless
6550 W. Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 290-5080

40hrs/week (minimum of 400 total hours)


UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Jessea Frank, Spring 2017
  • Tyler Cornell, Spring 2016 (pictured above)
  • Kaitlin Markowski, Fall 2015
  • Benjamin Berken, Summer 2015
  • Zach Carrington, Fall 2013
  • Josh Rickert, Spring 2014
  • Allison Broich, 2009
  • Ashley Kalbes, Spring 2011
  • Joyce Kleiman, Spring 2012
  • Brittany Boyer, Spring 2012

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