- Student Experience
The Messiah College faculty and staff are dedicated to investing in the lives of their students. The scholarship and research of our faculty could take them to large universities; however, their career choice has been to impact the lives of students.
The faculty are phenomenal. Their depth and breadth of knowledge, as well as expertise in the health and exercise science field is like no-other. In addition to their knowledge and expertise, they love to educate and engage their students; to challenge them in all ways: academically, spiritually, and physically. They are motivators, encouragers, mentors, and for me, now my colleagues and friends. It was purely the faculty members' influence in my academic progress, and life as a whole, that prepared me for graduate school.
~ Kristin M., Class of 2011
Students have the ability to engage in several types of internship opportunities. We realize that each student has very different needs gaining experience in their chosen field of study. Thus we offer many different credit bearing opportunities as well as non-credit opportunities. You will work with your advisor to find out which track fits your educational and financial need. These are just a few of the internships that our students have done in the past few years:
• Strength and Conditioning with the Boston Celtics (HEXS)
• Athletic Training Practicum with NCAA Division I, II, and III football teams (ATED)
• Speed and Conditioning Coaching (HEXS)
• Wilderness Encounter experiences (ADED)
• Ticket Sales in the front office of a professional baseball team (SPMT)
• Easter Seals Equestrian Therapy program (HPED and HEXS)
• Physical Therapy Aid (Pre-PT)
"I have been blessed with many opportunities during my time studying Exercise Science here at Messiah. I have had the pleasure of composing the strength and conditioning programs for the women's lacrosse team since my junior year, an opportunity that stemmed from assisting in a research project involving both the men's and women's teams. The summer before my senior year, I held an internship with the James Madison University football, field hockey and swim teams, again aiding in their strength and conditioning programs. After graduation, I will be interning for Powertrain Sports Institute based out of Manheim, PA, serving as a strength training coach for athletes of the high school, college, and possibly even professional level. I am also considering pursuing my master's degree in Strength and Conditioning at East Stroudsburg University, depending on how the summer internship goes."
~ Dresdon R., Class of 2013
Students in several of our programs have the ability not only to help faculty with their research but also the ability to engage in original research. Messiah College undergraduate students have been first authors or co-authors on over 50 research projects presented at the regional or national level. In addition students have been listed on published research with their faculty mentors and on a few occasions have served as the lead author.