Massage Internships are a required part of your Massage Certificate program. They
are designed to reinforce the knowledge you've learned in the classroom through one
of two types of internships, the TA internship or a hands-on internship.
As a Teaching Assistant (TA), you will assist the instructor with correcting students’
body mechanics and assist with the massage strokes outlined in class by the instructor.
You will also be required to submit a case study with SOAP notes (a professional documentation format for each massage session). You will be given
more information on the specific requirements for this project when you sign up for
the internship. You will not get credit for sitting in lecture unless you are assisting with an activity.
Massage Internships are a required part of the massage certificate and degree programs.
Hands-on internships give you the opportunity to reinforce the massage skills you’ve
learned in class on a wide variety of body types and sizes. There are two different
hands-on internships to choose from:
The Adaptive Physical Education (APE) internship – PE 54 H,J,K for 1,2,3 units respectively
– provides you the opportunity for first hand experience with pathologies by performing
massage on disabled and elderly students. This is the most popular internship.
The De Anza Sports Massage internship – PE 54 P,Q,R for 1,2,3 units respectively –
enables you to perform various types of sports massage on the De Anza athletic teams
in the Training Room. This internship allows you to work under the direct supervision
of athletic trainers and coaches performing massage on athletes. You must be approved for this internship by the Sports Massage instructor at least
one quarter before you register for the internship. If instructor is not available,
talk with the Massage Program Coordinator.
Each unit of internship requires 3 hours of work per week, totaling 36 hours per
unit/per quarter. If you sign up for PE 54Q, a two-unit internship, you must complete
72 hours of work by the end of the quarter. For example, you can sign up for PE 54Q
(2 units) ONLY if you will be involved in a hands-on internship in two class periods during the quarter, and are able to complete the 72 hours required
that same quarter. Treat your internship like a job. Be professional, timely and reliable.
Dress appropriately. The students, clients and instructors are depending upon your
presence.You will be keeping a log sheet showing all your hours and will submit this
with all SOAP notes. It is best to keep a binder/folder containing your log sheet
and SOAP notes. All hands-on internships require daily SOAP notes for all clients worked on and will
be included with your log sheet at the end of the quarter. Plan your schedule to allow time for writing your SOAP notes.
Once you have been approved by the Massage Program Coordinator (Coleen Lee-Wheat)
to participate in an Internship, contact the following individuals at least one quarterbefore you register to get information on times/shifts available for the specific internship you’d like
to do. Once you’ve received the information, register for the number of internship
units you plan to complete during that quarter. All internships are subject to the
final approval of Coleen Lee-Wheat.Refer to the internship packet for complete instructions.
The Instructor for the class you are interested in working as a TA for
Once you register for an internship, you will need to go to Massage Program office
and pick up all the materials you will need for your internship. In addition to signing
an Internship Guidelines Form that will remain on file in massage program office,
you will receive instructions for SOAP notes and Case Study requirements. Also included
will be your Internship Log. You must bring the log with you to your internship every
day and write down the date, description of work and hours worked for each day. Your
supervisor will need to verify your hours EVERY DAY that you perform internship hours.
Keep in mind that if your internship is a hands-on internship, you will need to submit
SOAP notes for each of your clients to your supervisor BEFORE they can sign off on
Clean linens, lotion and face cradle covers will be your responsibility. Come prepared
with pen, clipboard or book to write on and any reference books you may want to assist
you with giving your client stretches or to assist you with your SOAP notes. One SOAP
note is provided with your internship packet. You will need to make enough photocopies
for the entire internship.
ALL internship logs with accompanying SOAP Notes must be turned in to Massage Program Coordinator/PE Dean’s office NO LATER THAN5:00 PM the Friday prior tothe week of final exams. They will gladly be accepted earlier!
Make sure all hours/SOAPs have been recorded and signed off by your approved supervisor.