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Undergraduate Internship


The University of Colorado Sports Medicine Athletic Department offers practical experience to a limited number of students interested in health care career.  Due to changes in educational standards by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the University of Colorado can no longer offer a direct route to an athletic training certification.  Visit NATA.org if you are interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. 

Internship Description


Sports Medicine interns work on a daily basis under the supervision of the Sports Medicine staff providing quality health care for the University of Colorado Intercollegiate programs.  Interns must be self-motivated, reliable, flexible and professional.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Weekly hours can vary 8-25 depending on sport placement and competitive season 
  • Assist with taping, pre and post-practice treatments, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation programs, practice and competition coverage, first aid and all other team needs
  • Set-up facilities for daily practice, conditioning and competitions
  • Distribute water, athletic training supplies and emergency equipment
  • Maintain cleanliness of the training rooms
  • Completion of Sports Medicine Practical Skills
  • Other duties and responsibilities as defined by the Sport Medicine staff related to the health care of CU student-athletes
Academic Requirements


All interns are required to be enrolled in at least 6 hours at CU with a minimum of a 2.75 GPA.

Internship Credit


Interns can earn up to 6 credit hours as a juniors or senior and 3 credit hours as a freshmen or sophomores.  

Please visit: http://www.colorado.edu/intphys/ugrad/volunteering.html

Application Process


Internship applications are accepted once a year in the spring for the following academic year.  Application consists of the application you can download below, resume and two professional letters of recommendation.  In late fall/early spring an Open House will be held to present the internship program, review application process and give applicants an opportunity to ask specific questions.  Once the official date for the Open House is selected it will be advertises on the buffs bulletin & through the Integrated Physiology department.  The completed application packets will be due March 1st.  Incomplete applications received after the March 1st deadline will not be considered.  Selection of interns will be based on their application, GPA, and the professional interview.   Please reserve your questions for the open house.  If you have specific questions contact Kari Kebach at kari.kebach@colorado.edu.

Procedures and requirements for applicants consist of:

  1. Application form (Click here to download).
  2. Resume
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation i.e. teachers, professors and employers (in a sealed envelope)

Mail the completed packet: application, resume and two letters of recommendation to (in a sealed envelope):

 Sports Medicine Internship Application Committee
Attn: Kari Kebach
University of Colorado Sports Medicine
 Dal Ward Athletic Center
 Campus Box 368
Boulder, CO 80309

Frequently Asked Questions


What type of individuals should I have as personal references?
Professors, employers, people you have interned with, individuals that could speak to your personal character.  Good references can speak to the consistency of your work or your character, so it’s better to choose someone that you have known/worked with longer than a couple of months

How should I submit my letters of recommendation?
It is considered best practice to have your reference write their letter & place it in a sealed envelope with their signature on the seal.

May I email my application in?
To guarantee that all of your material will not be lost in transition, it is recommended that you mail in your completed packet all at once.  This includes completed and typed application, your current resume, and 2 letters of reference (preferably in sealed envelope with signature on seal).

May I have my references email their letter of recommendations to you?
To guarantee that all of your material will not be lost in transition, it is recommended that you mail in your completed packet all at once. It is considered best practice to have your reference write their letter & place it in a sealed envelope with their signature on the seal.

May I drop off my application?
Mailed in applications are preferred.  If you decide to drop off your application, Dal Ward Athletic Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

What do you consider ‘medical training or experience’?
Medical training is any experience in which you were ‘certified’ in something.  This could be CPR/AED/1st aid, CNA, EMT, ARC Lifeguard Training, ARC Babysitting certifications, etc. Medical Experience could include any shadowing medical professionals, volunteering/working at medical or healthcare facilities, or any instance in which you used your medical training. 

What are the guidelines for my resume?
We prefer your resume to be one page total.  Pertinent information to include is Education, Work Experience, Volunteering, and any Honors/Distinctions or Current Certifications.

What can I expect after I submit my application?
If your complete application, resume, and letters of recommendation were submitted on time, and you meet the minimum requirements of the program, your material will be reviewed by the Internship Hiring Committee.  You should expect to hear back from the hiring committee within 2 weeks, at which time they will schedule interviews.  After your interview, you should expect to hear back within a week with acceptance/non-acceptance into the internship.