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Practicum Positions & Requirements

Practicum UPDATE

Great news!  Fall 2021 practicums are now open.  Please review the postings and follow the instructions below. 

 

Updated July 14, 2021

Practicums were a valuable, hands-on experience that allowed me to connect all the classroom learning with practical skills. Picking diverse placements allowed me to figure out what population I work best with and what my interests are.

Naomi Brown

Bachelor of Kinesiology

Practicum overview

Gain course credits and professional unpaid work experience by taking a practicum. It's a great way to gain insight into a potential career path and start building a professional network before you graduate. Browse more than 80 practicums listed below. Kinesiology students can complete up to three different practicum positions: KNES 441 (Practicum A)KNES 443 (Practicum B), and KNES 445 (Practicum C).

Begin exploring your career options now. 

Practicum requirements 

  • Must be a current UCalgary kinesiology student,
  • in good academic standing,
  • successful completion 20 courses (60 units); 10 courses (30 units) must be labelled KNES,
  • meet the practicum placement requirements described in the position description.

What will the practicum course entail?

  1. Attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of KNES 441 to learn all the details of being a practicum student.
  2. Complete 60-72 hours within the term dates, and meet the expectations of the practicum position.  Grading is CR/F and has no GPA weight.
  3. Complete a mid-point evaluation with your on-site supervisor.
  4. Complete a final evaluation.
  5. Attend a mandatory summary session at the end of each practicum.

How to enrol in a practicum course

The following steps are required to enroll in KNES 441, 443 or 445 practicum courses.

Check the criteria

Review the list of practicums below, and ensure you meet the position criteria. Next, contact the on-site supervisor listed in the position description to arrange for an interview. Make sure to introduce yourself, and include a couple of sentences as to why you're interested in the position.

At the interview

For the interview, bring a current resume, your term schedule and the practicum application with the student portion completed. If you're the successful candidate, the supervisor will complete their portion of the application form and return it to you. 

Submit your application form

Once you and the on-site supervisor complete the application form, submit the application along with any necessary documentation to knespracticum@ucalgary.ca by the stated deadline. Watch your UCalgary email for important next steps. 

Fall 2021 (Sept 7 - Dec 8)

Contact the on-site supervisor starting in July.

Application and documents deadline is noon on Sept 3.

Complete 5 - 6 hours per week within the term. 

Winter 2022 (Jan 10 - April 12)

Contact the on-site supervisor starting in early October.

Application and documents deadline is noon on January 7.

Complete 5-6 hours per week within the term. 

Spring 2022 (May 4 - June 16)

Contact the on-site supervisor in late February.

Application and documents deadline is noon on April 22.

Complete 10 - 12 hours per week within the term. 

The kinesiology advisors must register you in the practicum course once your completed application is submit and approved by the advising office. Late applications will not be accepted. Contact us.

Practicum Positions

Children - Programs/Therapy

"For me, as a student, with my life so structured, I felt so free and I enjoyed being with the kids, because you get to be a kid yourself. We taught kids how to move and introduced some fundamental movement skills into their lives. I made lesson plans every week based on what the kids enjoyed."

Nimra Ali - Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Distinction


Children's adapted physical activity assistant - On Campus

Company: University of Calgary Active Living: Adapted Physical Activity for Kids (APAK) and Kid’s Adapted Climbing Series (KACS).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Program for children 4-14 years old with special needs to gain independence and health benefits.

Position description & application (PDF)

Program assistant - On Campus

Company: Stepping Out Program run by the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society (AAFS).

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

A recreation program for people on the Autism Spectrum.

Position description & application (PDF)

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021: Children's development assistant - Off Campus

Company: Connect Society Early Childhood Services, Belvedere Parkway Elementary School.

Terms: TBD Winter or Spring

The program encourages a child’s whole development with emphasis on speech /language skills. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Children's coach/swimming instructor - Off Campus

Company: Just Keep Swimming, located at Crowfoot YMCA

Terms: Fall or Winter

Assist children with mild to moderate neurological and development disabilities to become comfortable in the water and ultimately swim confidently. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Children's physical literacy assistant instructor - Off Campus

Company: Monkeynastix

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides fun and challenging physical literacy lessons at preschools, daycares and after school programs around Calgary. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Children's special needs program assistant - Off Campus

Company: Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT)

Terms: Fall or Winter

Individualized early childhood education program for preschool children with disabilities.

Position description & application (PDF)

Therapy assistant – Off Campus

Organization: SMILE Therapy for Kids

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Under supervision, students will support direct treatment intervention models resulting in fast-paced and jam-packed treatment sessions. Therapists have been trained and are able to provide a multitude of therapies which include Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI), TheraTogs, Spider Cage, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Full Body Vibration, and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) along with traditional physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Position description & application (PDF)

Chiropractic Care/ Osteopathy

Also see the Physiotherapy section for physiotherapy/chiropractic positions. 


Chiropractic assistant - Off Campus

Company: Balanced Health and Sports Therapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Family and sports-oriented clinic specializes in the multi-treatment approach for managing/preventing musculoskeletal injuries.

Position description & application (PDF)

Chiropractic assistant - Off Campus

Company: The Vital Posture™ Clinic – National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA).

Terms: Fall or Winter 

Restore the appropriate biomechanical and positional relationship between the head and neck.

Position description & application (PDF)

Osteopath assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary West Osteopathic Wellness (WOW) Centre.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Uses a drug-free non-invasive manual medicine for total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise Physiology

"In my Human Performance Lab (HPL) practicum with the Exercise Physiology MEGA lab, I supervised the collection of physiological and affective data during participant visits and maximal exercise testing sessions. I learned a great deal during my placement here as I got to see the science we discuss in KNES 373 and other exercise physiology courses come to life. I enjoyed this experience so much that I became a summer student and an Honours student in the MEEP lab and have had opportunities to work on other interesting and innovative projects. I definitely recommend all kinesiology students to look into a taking a practicum not only for the work experience, but for the growth that comes alongside!"

Timi Ajayi - Human Performance Lab, Exercise and Aging Lab practicum


Exercise physiology, research assistant - On Campus

Company: Human Performance Lab (HPL), Exercise and Aging Lab

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Group investigates human responses to acute and chronic exercise. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise physiology (applied) assistant - Off Campus

Company: Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Calgary. 

Terms: Fall or Spring

Pre-screen and test athletes/test participants in the Sport Performance Lab. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise physiology (applied) assistant - On Campus (Foothills)

Company: Clinical & Transitional Exercise Physiology (CTEP) Lab.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Fostering a healthier Canada by advancing the field of exercise physiology for the prevention and management of disease. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise physiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: TCR Sport Lab.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Applied testing and training centre for the general public using advanced equipment. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise physiology (applied) assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary Fire Department, Wellness Clinic.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Occupational medicine and team approach to proactive screening and physiological testing. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise physiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Copeman Healthcare Canada Inc.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Complete health care including screenings and disease prevention programs.

Position description & application (PDF)

Health Promotion


Health promotion assistant - On/Off Campus

Company: Ever Active Schools.

Terms: Fall only

Assists schools in Alberta to create and sustain healthy school communities.

Position description & application (PDF)

Health promotion assistant - Off Campus

Company: Shell Canada

Terms: Fall only

Help to create, implement and evaluate a physical activity challenge for Shell Canada employees.

Position description & application (PDF)

Health promotion assistant - Off Campus

Company: Kids Cancer Care (KCC).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Charity that helps build bridges of hope and pillars of support for families fighting childhood cancer.

Position description & application (PDF)

Health promotion assistant - Off Campus

Company: Heart & Stroke Foundation, Jump Rope for Life

Terms: Winter only

Promote heart health to children and youth through Jump Rope for Heart. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Sports communication assistant - On Campus

Company: University of Calgary Dinos Athletics

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Communicating the successes of 22 varsity teams and the athletes competing in 12 sports.

Position description & application (PDF)

Nutrition and exercise community outreach support - Off Campus

Company: NSTEP (Nutrition, students, teachers, exercising and parents). 

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Creates, develops and implements interactive nutrition and physical activity programs for children and communities.

Position description & application (PDF) 

Health Promotion Assistant

Company: Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC)

Terms: Fall or Winter

Organization committed to enhancing the health, well-being, and performance of all dancers.

Position description & application (PDF)

Kinesiology


Kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: INLIV

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Delivers premium corporate, executive and personal health services.  

Position description & application (PDF)

Kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: United Active Living.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Develop and implement programs and services supporting residents for “Live Well in Our Community.” 

Position description & application (PDF)

Kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provide treatment options and follow up care for people with hip and knee concerns.

Position description & application (PDF)

Neurology


Neuro recreation assistant - Off Campus

Company: Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Rehabilitation & recreation programming for those with moderate to severe acquired brain injury including strokes.

Position description & application (PDF)

Neuro rehab/exercise instructor assistant - On Campus

Company: University of Calgary Rehabilitation and Fitness Program. 

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides those with physical disabilities the opportunity to continue their rehab and fitness goals in a community setting.

Position description & application (PDF)

Neuro rehab assistant - Off Campus

Company: Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Rehab programming for individuals with moderate to severe acquired brain injury including strokes.

Position description & application (PDF)

TBD for Fall 2021 - Neuro rehab/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Alberta.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides support, service, information and advocacy to Albertans with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.

Position description & application (PDF)

Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Renfrew Educational Services.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Offers early childhood services and elementary education programs for children with special needs.

Position description & application (PDF)

Occupational therapy assistant - On Campus

Company: University of Calgary, Staff Wellness

Terms: Winter only

Ergonomics for employees ensuring a safe and comfortable work place.

Position description & application (PDF) 

Occupational therapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Providence Children

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provides educational and therapeutic services to preschool aged children with disabilities.

Position description & application (PDF)

Occupational therapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Lead Foundation.

Terms: Winter only

Work with children (and their families) who have mild speech, motor, or behavior delays, to those with more complex challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Occupational health assistant - Off Campus

Company: Bethany Care Foundation.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Helps those in long-term care reach health goals. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Performance and Coaching

"I helped with the planning of workouts and lead sessions with one of the teams. I learned how to program sport-specific exercises and taught them to a broad range of athletes. I gained organizational skills even with small things like the structure of a workout, but the most important outcome of my placement was the leadership experience I got from leading and interacting with athletes my age or younger, and having them rely on me as an expert."

Timi Ajayi - Vergie Speed Practicum


Biomechanics & performance analysis in sport - On/Off Campus

Company: University of Calgary Centre for Video & Performance Analysis (CVPA) and Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Calgary

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Works to implement technologies for use with elite/Olympic athletes.

Position description & application (PDF)

Coach assistant - Off Campus

Company: Special Olympics Calgary.

Terms: Winter or Spring

Provides competitive and non-competitive sport and recreation programs year around for individuals with an intellectual disability.

Position description & application (PDF)

Coach education assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Calgary.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Observe and provide feedback for training and competitive sport environment.

Position description & application (PDF)

Coach/athletic trainer - Off Campus

Company: Calgary Seawolves Polo Club.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Offers introductory water polo to new athletes ages 6-17 and trains experienced athletes at a basic level through high school.

Position description & application (PDF)

Coach resource development - video analysis assistant – On Campus

Organization: Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA)

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

To review and edit previously recorded dryland training sessions to create concise and effective files for coaching purposes.

Position description & application (PDF)

Exercise instructor for research study - On Campus

Company: Brain in Motion II Study, University of Calgary

Terms: Fall or Winter

Aerobic exercise for older adults at increased risk of alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

*Please note, this study is not accepting students at this time. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Personal training assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary JCC, recreation centre.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Non for profit recreation center that serves Calgary’s southwest community.  

Position description & application (PDF)

Personal trainer assistant (group) - On Campus

Company: University of Calgary, TrymGym.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Eight-week exercise program for clients, two one-hour sessions per week.

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning high performance athletics assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Edge School for Athletes/Duckett Performance Centre

Terms: Fall or Winter

Develops excellence in athletics, academics and character building.

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning personal training assistant - Off Campus

Company: Ironside Fitness Inc.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Fitness, wellness and nutrition training centre. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning assistant - Off Campus

Company: Crash Conditioning.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Develops elite hockey players from bantam age through to professional levels.

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary Flames. 

Terms: Fall or Winter

Administer training plan for Calgary Flames National Hockey League Club. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning assistant - Off Campus

Company: ORKA Performance. 

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

We train a wide variety of athletes, all at different levels in their careers.

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning coach/trainer - Off Campus

Company: RAW Sports.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Develop youth football players and prepare them to compete effectively in their respective league. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning coach (assistant)

Company: University of Calgary Swim Club.

Terms: Fall or Winter

A top competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching for all ages and abilities. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning coach (assistant) - Off Campus

Company: Vergie Speed.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Develops speed and power for hockey, soccer, basketball, ringette, volleyball and football athletes. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning/exercise physiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Peak Power Sport Development.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Located at SAIT and designed for athletic training and scientific testing.

Position description & application (PDF)

Strength and conditioning intern - Off Campus

Company: The Strength Guys Inc.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Support coaching of drug-free powerlifters at the national and international level, including multiple IPF World & National Champions.

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation

 “My physiotherapy practicum experience enriched my understanding of what physiotherapists really do! There are boundless opportunities to work with patients, conduct research with colleagues, work in private clinics or elsewhere, and even educate the upcoming generation of healthcare workers. I am truly grateful for the mentorship and guidance I received during my practicum!” 

- Janelle Wai, BSc. Kinesiology with First Class Honours 2021


Adaptive sports program assistant - Off Campus

Company: Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation.

Terms: Winter only

Provide adaptive sport for people with disabilities.

Position description & application (PDF)

Athletic therapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Fortius Rehabilitation Systems.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Prescription, application, supervision and education of patients’ therapeutic exercise programs. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Athletic therapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Innovative Sport Medicine (with Momentum Health).

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provide effective diagnosis, comprehensive injury management and return to full function. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Cardiac rehabilitation kinesiologist - Off Campus

Company: TotalCardiology Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Centre.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Promote heart healthy behaviours with education, counseling and intervention. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/chiropractic assistant - Off Campus

Company: Active Sports Therapy (AST).

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Treat and prevent sports injuries, repetitive strain disorders and conditions involving the joints and soft tissues.

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/chiropractic assistant - Off Campus

Company: Coach Hill Chiropractic & Sports Therapy.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Alleviate symptoms, reduce pain and optimize biomechanics and function. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: CBI Health Group.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provide physical therapy, neck or back pain therapy, and muscular-skeletal injury, rehab and work-injury management solutions.

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Country Hills Physiotherapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provides physiotherapy and kinesiology services to patients.

Position description & application (PDF)

 

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Equus Physiotherapy. 

Terms: Spring only

Assess, diagnose and treat injuries, dysfunctions and asymmetries. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Lifemark Health Group.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides physiotherapy, massage therapy and other healthcare services. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Momentum Health.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Caleo Health.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Back and spine care. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Ranchlands Physiotherapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provide customized rehabilitative programs.

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Diverse Sports Physical Therapy.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Multidisciplinary clinic that sees a wide population of varied treatment groups. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Advantage Health Aspen - ptHealth.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provide customized rehabilitative programs. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Beacon Hill Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provide a variety of rehabilitative programs. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - On Campus

Company: Sport Medicine Centre, University of Calgary.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary Youth Physiotherapy (CYP).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Crowfoot Physiotherapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Multidisciplinary clinic with a wide variety of skills and areas of expertise in rehabilitation. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Maximum Potential Physiotherapy - ptHealth

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides customized rehabilitative programs.  

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Bow View Manor.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides physiotherapy services at a  long term care facility for seniors. 

Position description & application (PDF)

 

Prothetist/orthotist assistant - Off Campus

Company: Alberta Orthotic and Prosthetic Centre (AOPC).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF)

Rehabilitation specialist (assistant) - On Campus

Company: JointEffort Program/GLA:D Program at University of Calgary.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Specialized pre & post rehab program for individuals with hip and or knee osteoarthritis.

Position description & application (PDF)

 

Research

“I completed a research assistant practicum in my third year of Kinesiology. This practicum proved to be a strong starting point for building my research skills and applying my Kinesiology degree. Having practicum evaluations done by my supervisor throughout the term allowed me to identify areas for improvement in that specific setting and to foster a growth mindset to achieve future success. My practicum gave me the opportunity to expand my network and cultivate future opportunities in academia (i.e. completing my honours in my last year with the same supervisor and having an amazing mentor to provide a reference for graduate school).”

Conné Lategan - Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology First Class Honours 2019


Biomechanics in sport research assistant - On Campus

Company: Sport Insight, Human Performance Lab (HPL)

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF) 

Biomechanics research assistant - On Campus (Foothills)

Company: University of Calgary Department of Clinical Neurosciences, McCaig Institute.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Work with  Dr. Ranita Manocha who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Research Practicum - Exercise Oncology

Company: University of Calgary, Health and Wellness Lab, Faculty of Kinesiology.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Position description & application (PDF)

Need some advice on practicum placements? Contact us at knespracticum@ucalgary.ca