The internship experience is intended to provide opportunities for senior students to apply skills and knowledge learned in related coursework in an off-campus and professional setting. It allows students to gain experience and exposure to a career in the fitness/wellness field, to gain observations and hands-on experience, and to interact with professionals in these areas. The exact goals and outcomes of each internship vary and depend on the goals of the professional agency and on the goals of the individual.
Since 2005, Cornell students from a range of majors have joined Operation Walk for block-long missions to countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, and China to work alongside doctors as they perform free joint replacement surgeries. Operation Walk was founded and is led by Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr '63, one of the world's foremost experts in joint replacement surgeries.