Students studying exercise and sport science at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education. Special programs and opportunities include:

Field Placements and Internships

Field placements, internships, and clinical rotations offer students valuable experience in a real work environment.

All students who pursue physical education teaching licenses must complete field placements and student teaching. Students will get placed by the Education Department for student teaching and will teach two levels of physical education (i.e. elementary school and high school) during one semester. Most students are placed in Kenosha or Racine schools, but students may elect to find their own placement within a one-hour drive from Carthage. Field placements occur prior to student teaching and range from 10-25 hours.

EXSS majors who are not pursuing physical education complete a 120-hour internship during their senior year. Students work as interns for area businesses and organizations, usually during J-Term or summer break. Past internships include:

  • RecPlex
  • Northwestern University
  • Marquette University
  • Prairie High School
  • Grind Season
  • Athlete’s Edge Vision Training
  • Atlas Physical Therapy
  • Get Fast, Inc.
  • Kenosha YMCA
  • Racine Athletic Club
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Athletico Grayslake
  • Gold’s Gym Racine
  • Camp SkyLemar
  • Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports Dome


January Term, or J-Term, is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. While many students use J-Term to fill an academic requirement, others gain valuable global experience by traveling abroad.

Learn more about J-Term

Student Organizations

Carthage EXSS students can get involved in a number of student organizations on campus. Join Fencing Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Curling Club, Rock Climbing Club, and more!

See exercise and sport science student organizations