Practicum Positions & Requirements

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 workplace experience by taking a practicum. It's a great way to gain insight into a potential career path and make contacts in the community before you graduate. Browse more than 80 practicums listed below - some positions could easily fit into more than one category. 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 

  • current kinesiology student at the University of Calgary
  • 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

Checklist for course credit

Have you completed everything you need to receive your course credit? 

  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.
  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 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. Here are some helpful tips on preparing for an interview.

Submit your application form

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

Winter 2020 (Jan 13 - April 15)

Contact the on-site supervisor in early October.

Application and documents due at noon on January 10.

Complete 5-6 hours per week. 

Spring 2020 (May 6 - June 17)

Contact the on-site supervisor in late February.

Application and documents due at noon on April 27.

Complete 10 - 12 hours per week. 

Fall 2020 (Sept 8 - Dec 9)

Contact the on-site supervisor in early June.

Application and documents due at noon on Sept 3.

Complete 5 - 6 hours per week. 

The kinesiology advisors must register you in the practicum course once your application is approved. Contact us.

Practicum Positions

We are now accepting Winter 2020 applications.

Children - Instructor/Assistant

Work with children and youth. 


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)

Children's development assistant - Off Campus

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

Terms: Fall, 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 physical literacy instructor - On Campus

Company: Be Fit for Life - University of Calgary Child Care Centre

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provides services, programs and resources that promote active lifestyles to kindergarten students.

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)

Physical Literacy Instructor

Company: Be Fit for Life - Niistitapi Learning Centre

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provides services, programs and resources that promote active lifestyles to Indigenous students, from preschool to Grade 2. 

Position description & application (PDF)

Chiropractic Care

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)

Exercise Physiology


FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

NO WINTER 2020 PLACEMENTS: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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 (physical literacy) - On Campus

Company: Be Fit for Life, located in Faculty of Kinesiology. 

Terms: Fall or Winter

Working to have people in Alberta be more physically active.  

Position description & application (PDF)

NO WINTER 2020 PLACEMENTS: 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)

NO WINTER 2020 PLACEMENTS: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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) 

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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


FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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 assistant - On/Off Campus

Company: Get Your Movement (GYM) program at Foothills Medical Centre and Health & Wellness Lab.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Exercise program offered exclusively to patients in Unit 58 (NeuroRehab).

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)

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 / Osteopathy


FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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) 

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Osteopath assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary West Osteopathic Wellness (WOW) Centre.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring (not available Spring 2020)

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

Position description & application (PDF)

Performance and Coaching


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 only

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)

Dance and movement assistant - Off Campus

Company: Dubasov Dance and Wellness.

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides quality dance, movement and yoga programs to children, youth and adults with special needs. 

Position description & application (PDF)

ON HOLD FOR WINTER 2020: 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 or Winter

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

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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 or Winter

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

Position description & application (PDF)

Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation


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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Country Hills Physiotherapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Provides physiotherapy and kinesiology services to patients.

Position description & application (PDF)

 

NO WINTER 2020 PLACEMENTS: Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company:  Equus Physiotherapy. 

Terms: Spring only

Assess, diagnose and treat injuries, dysfunctions and asymmetries. 

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Physiotherapy/kinesiology assistant - Off Campus

Company: Diverse Sports Physical Therapy.

Terms: Fall or Winter

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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Physiotherapy assistant - On Campus

Company:  Sport Medicine Centre, University of Calgary.

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Calgary Youth Physiotherapy (CYP).

Terms: Fall or Winter

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Physiotherapy assistant - Off Campus

Company: Maximum Potential Physiotherapy

Terms: Fall, Winter or Spring

Provides customized rehabilitative programs.  

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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)

 

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Prothetist/orthotist assistant - Off Campus

Company: Alberta Orthotic and Prosthetic Centre.

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


FULL FOR WINTER 2020: 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 or Winter

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

Position description & application (PDF)

FULL FOR WINTER 2020: Cancer and physical activity research assistant - On Campus

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? Visit us in KNB 137 or contact us at knespracticum@ucalgary.ca