Why Ithaca College?

Internships, Practical Experiences, and Jobs

We know that students desire to follow their passions into meaningful and exciting careers. Of course we cannot guarantee that each student will graduate with such a job in hand, but our track record of students moving into high-level positions speaks for itself. Consider these positions in the last couple of years:

M.S. in Exercise Physiology

  • Human performance research for the Army
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at a major Boston hospital
  • Cardiopulmonary research at a major Boston hospital
  • Human performance research at a major Eastern university
  • Collegiate athletic trainer (with NATA certification)
  • Athlete strength & conditioning specialist with a prominent athletic conditioning center 

M.S. in Human Performance

  • Strength and conditioning for a prominent athlete training facility
  • Strength and conditioning for several colleges and universities
  • Collegiate athletic trainer (with NATA certification)

From 2005-2009, our 61 M.S. graduates in Exercise Physiology and Human Performance secured the following:

  • Fitness/Fitness Director/Wellness/Strength & Conditioning (N = 16)
  • College Faculty (3)
  • College Coach (4)
  • School Faculty/Coach (2)
  • Athletic Training or Physical Therapy (18; students entered program with certification)
  • Research (3)
  • Currently enrolled in another grad program (e.g., MD, PhD) (5)
  • Other Professional (3)
  • Unknown (5)

M.S. in Sport Psychology

  • Collegiate coaches in football, crew, swim/dive, basketball, soccer, and more
  • Collegiate athletic trainer (with NATA certification)
  • Sport psychology consultant with an internationally reknowned athletic performance enhancement group
  • Sport psychology / wellness consultant with a major medical fitness/wellness center
  • Research coordinator at a world renowned medical center
  • Collegiate athletic director
  • Sport psychology consultant and coach with a major mid-western sports training complex

From 2005-2009, our 68 M.S. graduates in Sport Psychology secured the following:

  • Sport Psychology Consultant (N = 4)
  • Fitness/Fitness Director/Wellness/Strength & Conditioning (5)
  • College Faculty (2)
  • College Coach (16)
  • School Faculty/Coach (5)
  • Athletic Training or Physical Therapy (9; note students entered program with certification)
  • Director of Sport Organization/Athletics Administration (2)
  • Currently enrolled in another grad program (e.g., PhD) (8)
  • Other Professional (9)
  • Unknown (7)

Note that every sport psychology student has the opportunity to work with the Ithaca College Performance Consulting (ICPC) club, a campus club run by IC's sport psychology students. The students in the club work with local and campus teams and athletes under the direction of the sport psychology faculty.

 

Our graduates have gone on to doctoral work in medicine, exercise physiology, exercise science, clinical psychology, sport psychology, and other disciplines at major universities. Some students have used their graduate education to enhance their own athletic careers. In fact, we typically have at least one student each year vying for membership on a national, international, or professional level team. 

How do students find themselves with such opportunities? The answer is simple:

  • The educational preparation is intense yet personal
  • The practical experiences, including clinical coursework, research opportunities, coaching assistantships, and an extensive network of internship opportunities, ensure that our students know not only what to do, but how to do it
  • The well-deserved reputation of our program, maintained by the outstanding work of our former students and the ongoing scholarly activities of our faculty, puts our students in a favorable position when they venture off campus.