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Community Health major turns internship into full-time job

Posted on Aug 8, 2011
Class of 2011 grad Amanda Peterson completed an internship and then accepted a job offer at the prestigious Cooper Aerobics Center in Texas.

Amanda Peterson, a graduate of the Department of Health and Human Performance, completed a summer internship at the Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

What happened next was even better: She was offered -- and accepted -- a full-time job at the center.

As an intern, Peterson's responsibilities included: working one-on-one with clients providing exercise supervision and designing exercise programs, shadowing master personal trainers learning the ins and outs of high-caliber programming, and working with youth programs including high school fitness programs.

Peterson had the opportunity to meet Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center located in Dallas.  Dr. Cooper is extremely concerned with the childhood obesity epidemic and the Cooper facilities have many programs to help combat the problem. 

Peterson recently worked the Cooper Spring Triathlon gaining valuable experience in setting up a major race event. The feedback from the facility is that she is one of their best interns and serves as an excellent representative of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

"Having Amanda intern at the Cooper institute and do such a great job is a testament to her hard work and our program at UW-Superior," said Dr. William Simpson, associate professor and director of the Exercise Physiology Lab at UW-Superior. "Internships at this facility are highly competitive, however, having this on one's resume is highly respected by potential employers and graduate schools. The Cooper research institute is responsible in part for what we now know about the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle and its relationship to early death from heart disease and cancer. "

The Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch opened in 2006. It is an extension of the international famous Cooper Aerobics Center located in Dallas. The center's founder, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, is often referred to as the Father of Aerobics. He has authored many well know fitness books, starting with the classic publication of "Aerobics" in 1968. To learn more about the facility at Craig Ranch, visit its website.

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