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The internship is a commitment that must be a priority and considered part of the curriculum of the student. Interns are expected to fulfill 1-3 years in the program, working to learn clinical and didactic skills necessary in the field of sports medicine. Surgical observations, working with physicians, priority for in-patient and out-patient physical therapy internships and actual patient contact are but a few of the unique opportunities this internship provides. Opportunities for letters of recommendation from instructors, physicians and athletic trainers are available as the undergraduate looks toward post-graduate education. 

The application process begins in the fall quarter, with observation and interviews occurring during the winter quarter. If accepted to the staff, the students will attend a 2 unit P/NP course in the spring quarter to serve as an orientation to program. During the course, the students will learn a variety of therapy and first aid techniques and have opportunities to practice these skills during clinical hours. The following summer session II and academic year allow the student intern to work side by side in both the rehabilitation clinic and in a first responder role with a certified athletic trainer to learn and implement the skills learned in the classroom.The sports medicine internship is designed for the undergraduate student looking for a hands-on experience working with medical professionals. The undergraduate interns work with all 23 intercollegiate teams on campus in both practice/event medical coverage and in the rehabilitation clinic.   The student interns are primarily interested in medicine, physical therapy, athletic training or other allied health careers. 


Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to care for physically active individuals. The UC Davis staff ATs are responsible for prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries sustained by all of the Aggie intercollegiate student-athletes. In the clinical and on-field settings skills executed include taping, bracing, soft tissue manipulation, equipment fitting, first-aid, emergency care, and injury rehabilitation aimed at return to play. ATs work with pyhsicians, surgeons, strength and condition coaches, nutritionists, physical therapists, and sports psychologists to provide comprehensive care for student-athletes, and act as a resource for coaches and family members. 

The University of California, Davis is fortunate to have a sports medicine internship program that runs through the academic calendar and involves approximately 35 students each year. The objective for the sports medicine intern is to cultivate an expanded knowledge base and learn hands-on skills that may be applied in any allied health profession, while increasing a greater understanding for the field of sports medicine. The ideal internship candidate is one who is intrinsically motivated, has a mature demeanor and professional appearance, and has a willingness to work hard. The nature of this position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to work nights and weekends.

Attached is an observation hours log sheet and a two-page confidentiality agreement. Each applicant will be required to complete 15 hours of observation in the UC Davis athletic training facilities under the supervision of the AT staff, and read then sign the confidentiality agreement prior to the application deadline. During observation hours you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the staff and students, and see the day-to-day operations (taping, rehab, etc.) in the athletic training room. Each applicant should attempt to observe in all facilities and observe an athletic event.

Application Process

Phase I - Application

  1. Application: Please fill out the application form in this link: SMSIP Application Form. All applications are due by Dec. 1, 2017.
  2. Submit the following to
    1. Submit one letter of recommendation from a supervisor or former employer. This should speak to your work ethic, character, strengths, weaknesses and ability to work with others.
    2. Email a headshot. This will go in your application file so we can recognize you.

Phase II - Observation Hours

Goal: To assist you in learning about the internship, meet current student interns, meet staff members and ask questions. This is your opportunity to learn what the internship encompasses as a whole.

  1. If all application materials are received by the deadline you will be invited to attend a mandatory meeting the first week of winter quarter. This meeting will discuss the procedures for observation hours.
  2. You will be required to complete 15 hours of observation
  3. Signing up for 15 observation hours: Sign-up sheet will be made available after Dec. 1 to you via Google sheets if all your application materials are received
    1. Observation hours will start Jan. 15 and are to be completed by Feb. 11th.
    2. Summary of observation hours (no more than 500 words) regarding the student internship process by Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. to:

Phase III - Interviews

  1. Complete interview process.
    1. Interviews take place Feb. 12 - 23, 2018.
    2. You will be contacted individually to schedule the interview.
  2. Notification of acceptance into the program will take place during the week of Feb. 26

Required once accepted into the internship:

  1. Required to attend a weekly orientation class throughout 2018 spring quarter.
  2. Obtain CPR for the professional rescuer by August 1, 2018.
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