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HPW Internship: Kennedy Space Center Fitness

Posted by Deising, Deanna - March 15, 2018 - Academics, Out-of-State, Worksite

Overall Goal of Internship

At the completion of this internship, the intern will have developed an excellent understanding and working knowledge of how Kennedy Space Center Fitness Centers provides a variety of health and wellness services and programs to all NASA employees. The intern will gain experience in behavior change facilitation, promotion and marketing, and organizational experiences approved by the site supervisor. The intern agrees to follow all employee guidelines and duties determined by the site supervisor. The intern will obtain experience in the areas outlined by the following specific goals and objectives:

Objectives

  1. Behavior:
    1. Assist professional staff in developing, implementing, and evaluating effectiveness of wellness programs. Provide for evaluation of progress outcomes in clients with metabolic disease.
    2. Work one on one with a maximum of six clients to develop an individual exercise program and/or nutrition program and follow  their progress for 8 weeks, and determine behavioral changes in body composition, girth, flexibility; muscular and cardiovascular endurance.
    3. Assist professional staff for four weeks in Creative Resolution, HABIT, and SYNERGY classes and for the rest of my internship time teach these group fitness classes to NASA employees.
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Assist in the promotion of the health programs offered (i.e.: Stress Management, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programs, Indoor Triathlon, and National Employee Health and Fitness Day).
    2. Create a minimum of two health and wellness website articles for employees.
    3. Help create, plan, and monitor a new incentive program to motivate employees at NASA.
  3. Organizational:
    1. Attend departmental meetings and any training or certification for professional staff.
    2. Develop and implement a survey tool for exercise employees to determine teaching effectiveness of programs.

Contact
Erik Jamar Johnson, ACSM-HFP, CSCS
Fitness Professional
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899-0001
Erik.j.johnson@nasa.gov
(321) 867-7829

Hours
Minimum of 400 hours, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday 10:30am-7:00pm (Flexible as needed)

Stipend
None

UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Lindsey Fisher, 2009 (pictured above)

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