Fitness Center Program


The Texas Diabetes Institute serves as a one-stop-shop for all Diabetic needs. The institute is home to several services that provide support for Texas’s large diabetic population. Diabetes Mellitus continues to rank as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Studies have found that lifestyle changes, such as being physical active, can help control diabetes. TDI has eliminated the accessibility barrier by offering a fully operational gym, which is equipped with all the necessary machinery needed to help our patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is the fitness center’s mission to provide a safe space for patients to meet their wellness goals through exercise and health education.

The student intern will work directly with the fitness center team; under the supervision of the fitness center manager. During on-boarding, the student will complete a work plan that will serve as an outline of all the activities/ projects that must be completed by the internship completion date.

The internship will be located at the central office; however, the student may be asked to conduct a wellness initiative at one of our University Health satellite clinics. Upon request, the student will meet with other managers and staff to coordinate such activities.

Is this a Paid Internship? No

Internship Supervisor: Irene Lopez, RN, EP-C



  • Graduate or undergraduate student
    • Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, or Physical Therapy background
    • Completed at least 85 credit hours
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
      • Applicants under minimum GPA must submit a third recommendation letter
  • Computer proficiency with word, publishing, and spreadsheet software programs
  • Must be available to complete the agreed upon internship hours


  • Experience working in fitness center environment
  • Experience with vital collection and recording

Objectives, Intern Activities, and Semester Projects

Program Objectives:

The intern will

  • Apply educational competencies learned in coursework
  • Establish networking opportunities for professional contacts
  • Demonstrate an increase in knowledge and skill on program management
  • Increase self-confidence as a health care professional

Intern Activities:

May include, but not limited to

  • Data collection
  • Use assessment data and literature reviews to recommend, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based fitness activities
  • Develop materials for wellness bulletin board and patient hand-outs
  • Develop bi-weekly wellness tips to be posted on TDI social media
  • Manage the front desk
  • Participate in wellness events, health fairs, and other scheduled activities

Semester Project:

The intern will complete a semester project that is due by the last day of their internship. The semester project will be determined during on-boarding with the fitness center manager.

Internship Timeframes

  • Winter/Spring Semester: January 1 – May 31
  • Summer Semester: June 1 – August 31
  • Fall Semester: September 1 – December 31

Application Process and Deadlines

Please review the information on Clinicals & Internships prior to submitting your application to the department.

Department Documents:

Please submit the following documents via email to or fax 210-358-7102.
  1. Completed Fitness Center Application
  2. Copy of resume
  3. Letter of interest explaining why you are interested in the internship, your qualifications, and how the internship will help you meet your professional goals.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (third letter for those who do not meet the GPA requirement) – please have those who are providing a recommendation send the letters directly to the department.

Application Deadlines:

  • Winter/Spring Semester: October 1 – November 30: Will be contacted in December
  • Fall Semester: June 1 – July 31: Will be contacted in August
  • Summer Semester: March 1 – April 30: Will be contacted in May

Contact Us

Danielle Gordon, MPH
Diabetes Education Department
Phone: 210-358-7287
Fax: 210-358-7102