Fitness Intern

Fitness Intern Job Description

Aztec Recreation, through its affiliation with the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences offers upper division ENS internship opportunities for credit in the following courses: ENS 440 OR ENS 499. The internship allows students to gain practical experience in a recreation setting working with the fitness and wellness departments at Aztec Recreation. The internship program is offered during fall, spring, and in some instances, summer semesters.

Under the supervision of the Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, and the Fitness and Wellness Program Assistant, the Fitness Intern is responsible for assisting in various projects and events within fitness and wellness in Aztec Recreation.  The emphasis will be to assist in and promote active, healthy living by conducting fitness orientations, and promoting activities at events. Internship will occur at the Aztec Recreation Center. This individual helps to ensure the diverse fitness and wellness needs of the San Diego State University students and Aztec Recreation members are met while emphasizing a safe, positive, and educational environment.  


Primary Functions

  • Knows and represents the Aztec Recreation mission, vision and values
  • Knows and implements the Aztec Recreation policies and membership handbook
  • Demonstrates knowledge of processes, policies and procedures of the fitness, wellness and instructional classes
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the various departments and facilities of Aztec recreation
  • Understands the area and layout of the ARC and other Aztec Recreation facilities
  • Conducts safe and effective fitness orientations for new members
  • Explains and demonstrates basic skills in physical fitness and health education
  • Completes informational interviews of full-time Aztec Recreation employees about job responsibilities and career paths
  • Completes marketing and promotional projects, including member survey data collection
  • Assists with Group Fitness class evaluation and program design
  • Learns about personal training and group fitness shadowing, in addition to other recreation positions
  • Assists with exercise testing, screening, and programming
  • Learns about equipment maintenance and budgeting
  • Researches personal training/group fitness certifications and certification processes
  • Researches major fitness organizations and influential individuals in the industry as well as trends in the industry
  • Learns about basic nutrition
  • Required to complete agreed upon hours of internship work for course requirements
  • Required to complete AR education modules
  • Works with Aztec Recreation to advertise classes (e.g. tabling, flyers, demos, etc.)
  • Attends and participates in weekly meetings as scheduled
  • Completes assignments for ENS 440 or other internship class
  • Assists with class entry and special events
  • Utilizes Email and Calendar
  • Records accurate class participation counts for group fitness class
  • Completes tasks as assigned/required
  • Other duties assigned by supervisors

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Provides a welcoming atmosphere that creates positive student experiences
  • Greets all customers in a timely manner
  • Assists all customers with questions and/or comments
  • Answers the phone politely and courteously
  • If unable to assist, refers customer to someone who can
  • Maintains positive and effective working relationships with all customers
  • Informs supervisor of any customer issues


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students’ Code of Safe Practices
  • Reports accidents to supervisor and reviews changes required to avoid reoccurrence
  • Ensures completion proper documentation is completed for each accident (employee and/or non-employee) and forwards to supervisor
  • Reports maintenance problems and/or broken and unsafe equipment to the appropriate party immediately
  • Provides appropriate safety instruction and regularly inspects classroom/program environment and equipment to ensure safety
  • Responds to emergencies according to established department procedures


Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • Currently enrolled Kinesiology student within 3 semesters of graduation that qualifies to enroll in ENS 499 or 440
  • Fitness Specialist emphasis or desire to build a career as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or other role in the fitness industry


  • Knowledge of group fitness & personal training practices and principles preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills
  • Possess a friendly outgoing personality
  • Experience within a campus recreation setting desired

License & Certification:

  • First Aid and CPR/AED certifications are required
  • Certification from a professional health and/or fitness organization (ACSM, NSCA, NASM, ACHA, etc.) preferred 


  • Must complete Gender Awareness training within 30 days of hire


  • Must be punctual and regular in attendance: arrive on time and ready for the workday
  • Must meet commitments and complete tasks satisfactorily
  • Must be able to work independently and stay focused under pressure in stressful situations
  • Must work effectively with other employees/departments
  • Must be accurate and pay attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow project through to completion
  • Must be professional and courteous at all times
  • Must be able to work well with different work styles
  • Must be able to work efficiently and show initiative
  • Must be able to coordinate multiple tasks, projects, and assignments within appropriate timelines


  • Ability to handle difficult situations involving participants with patience, good judgment, and with diplomacy is expected
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people effectively and diplomatically; must be able to work one on one and with groups with as many as 25 or more people
  • Must have strong English language skills and the ability to read, write and verbally communicate at a level appropriate to the duties of the position
  • Proficient computer skills required
  • Ability to prioritize workload
  • Ability to manage information flow (including internal, external and customer communication and filing/documentation)
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships 


This is a part-time volunteer position.  Interns must be able to commit to 2-3 credits (90 or 135 hours) of internship hours during the semester, as required by the ENS Department. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While working indoors, the lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment with standard office equipment available and in a recreation environment with standard gym and audio equipment. Possible exposure to distracting/uncomfortable noise levels may require hearing protection to be worn when performing duties. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to:  walking, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, climbing, and working in confined space, lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying loads up to 50 pounds (unassisted) and 75 pounds (with assistance). Work may require standing and moving for extended periods.


  • Reports to the Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Reports to Fitness and Wellness Program Assistant in absence of Coordinator
  • Further interactions may include full-time staff within Aztec Recreation, including, but not limited to Recreation Director, Associate Director of Programs, Facilities Supervisor, Member Services Supervisor and Coordinator, Building Services and Engineers, Associate Director of Member Services and Facilities, Marketing Coordinator, photographer, and videographer.