Supervised Fieldwork Experience - PERS 4630
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management provides a Supervised Fieldwork Experience as an opportunity to enhance our students’ education and professional growth. Fieldwork is a professionally supervised placement during the fall university term of full-time (35 hours per week) experiential learning within a recreation, fitness, health or sport-related organization/agency. Fieldwork provides eligible students with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in academic courses and exposure to new concepts of professional practice in Kinesiology and Recreation Management.

Students may pursue Supervised Fieldwork Experience in the areas of:

  • Aging
  • Coaching
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Community Development/Wellness
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Facility Management
  • Health & Wellness Promotion
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Parks & Protected Areas Management
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity Promotion
  • Recreation Managment
  • Research
  • Sport Management
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Tourism

Benefits of our Fieldwork Experience:

  • Provides students with experience upon which to build their professional careers, to assist them in integrating theory with practical applications, and to provide the opportunity for students to develop their skills and knowledge within their areas of professional interest.
  • Offers professionals in the field an opportunity to become involved in the preparation of future professionals and to enhance communication between the University and working professionals.
  • Provides the University with an opportunity to keep in touch with recent developments in the workplace, and a means for evaluating student preparedness in their chosen field and in professional situations.

Supervised Fieldwork Experience Program

Fieldwork offers our students a broad range of experiences in which to complete their placements. One of the most important factors in ensuring a successful experience is matching the interests of our students with qualified personnel from allied organizations/agencies within our province. Fieldwork is a cooperative effort between the student, the organization/agency and the University.

Supervised Fieldwork Experience Program PERS 4630

  • Twelve credit hour course.
  • September to December (Fall Term in Year 4)
  • Length of experience: 450 field hours to be completed in total.
  • Allowed to take one course (3Cr.Hrs.) in addition to the Fieldwork during Fall term
  • Honorarium may be received from an organization/agency up to the tuition cost of 15 credit hours.
  • Pass/Fail grade
  • Prerequisites: Completion of 70% of core courses and a minimum DGPA of 2.5 are required

How to Register:

The following preparation must be completed during the Winter of Year 3 – prior to registering for Year 4 courses in July:

  1. Students meet with an academic advisor to ensure that they qualify to take the Supervised Fieldwork Experience course and if so, complete an online application (due first week of January in Year 3).
  2. Students confirmed eligible for the Supervised Fieldwork Experience course attend an orientation session (end of January).
  3. Students attend a Fieldwork Experience Tradeshow (early February).
  4. Students schedule interviews with a minimum of two prospective organizations/agencies from those attending the Tradeshow (mid February – mid March).
  5. Students receive confirmation of their Fall placements (end of March).
  6. Students attend a Fieldwork meeting to confirm Fall placements (end of March).

Purposes of our Fieldwork Experience Program:

  1. To provide students with experience upon which to build their professional careers, to assist them in integrating theory with practical applications, and to provide the opportunity for students to develop their skills and knowledge within their areas of professional interest.
  2. To offer professionals in the field an opportunity to become involved in the preparation of future professionals and to enhance communication between the University and working professionals.
  3. To provide the University with an opportunity to keep in touch with recent developments in the workplace, and to continually develop a viable base for evaluating student performance in professional situations.

Organizations/Agencies Involved in Fieldwork:

The following list is an example of organizations/agencies that have been involved with our Supervised Fieldwork Experience.

  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management
    • Health, Leisure & Human Performance Research Institute
    • Bison Sport & Active Living
  • Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
  • City of Winnipeg (Community Services, Police Services)
  • Deer Lodge Center
  • Effectus Athlete Development
  • First Choice Fitness
  • Freeze Frame
  • Focus Fitness
  • Fort Whyte Alive
  • Government of Manitoba
  • Health Sciences Centre
  • Manitoba Arthritis Society
  • Manitoba High School Athletics Association
  • Manitoba Institute of Child Health
  • Manitoba Parks
  • Manitoba Theatre Centre
  • McDole Performance
  • Misericordia Hospital
  • Parks Canada
  • Reh-Fit Centre
  • Rehabilitation Centre for Children
  • Rogers Communication
  • Special Olympics Manitoba
  • Seven Oaks Wellness Institute
  • Sport Manitoba
  • Team Canada Volleyball
  • Travel Manitoba
  • True North Sports & Entertainment
  • United Way of Winnipeg
  • Youville Clinic
  • Winnipeg Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Winnipeg In Motion
  • Winnipeg School Division

Fieldwork Students’ Comments:

  • "I achieved many useful skills throughout my fieldwork position that will be an asset in any job environment."
  • "My fieldwork provided me with the experience and networking I needed to find meaningful employment after graduation."
  • "I learned a great deal about event management, project coordination, fundraising and marketing. I was hired on after my placement."

Fieldwork Organizations’/Agencies’ Comments:

  • “What a fabulous program – your students are very prepared for their fieldwork experience.”
  • “ We are so excited to be involved with your Faculty – our student was professional and added value to our organization”
  • “There is a need for experiential learning for students – it is wonderful to see students excited about their future careers and willing to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.”

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For more information, please contact
Colleen Plumton
colleen.plumton@umanitoba.ca
204-474-8636