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The practical component of the sports science curriculum is a valuable one year supervised practice experience with a designated sports team or organization. The practicum offers students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of sports science, performance, and testing/monitoring in an athletic setting. This involves planned learning experiences with an athletic team at various stages of the training program and season. Students will have the opportunity to observe and then model the functions of a performance specialist. Through the combination of planned learning activities and professional interaction, the students will gain an increasing level of proficiency in providing and evaluating comprehensive training to athletes and teams within the athletic setting.

Internship opportunities available for fall 2021 applicants include:

Pitt Sports Nutrition (1-2 interns)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in sports science and nutrition. Volunteers will gain valuable hands-on collegiate sports nutrition experience across various teams, a chance to earn hours toward the Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics credential (CSSD), and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to conduct body composition assessments and hydration testing on teams and student-athletes, while incorporating nutrition education based on assessment results.

Responsibilities:

  • Body composition assessments via BOD POD
  • Analyze and interpret body composition data
  • Hydration testing via weight monitoring and USG analysis
  • Provide education to student-athletes, event groups or teams based on data obtained 
  • Develop educational materials 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Ability to work flexible hours (i.e. early mornings and weekends)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with members of the Performance Staff
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCAA and ACC bylaws

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Registered Dietitian or interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian 
  • Undergraduate degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition or a related field
  • CPR/AED certified

Benefits:

  • Exposure to working with dietitians and athletes in a collegiate setting
  • Hands-on experience working with a variety of high level sports programs
  • Mentorship and references from experienced collegiate sports dietitian 

 

Pitt Football (1-2 interns)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in daily operation of team's sport science equipment including but not limited to: Catapult GPS & ClearSky, Polar HR and Hawkin Dynamics force plates
  • Data collection
  • Database management
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • Ability to work early mornings and weekends
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous football experience 
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: Catapult Openfield, Hawkin Dynamics cloud, Velocity-based training tools, Athlete management systems (e.g., Kinduct or Smartabase)
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting

 

Pitt Men's Basketball (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for Men's Basketball
  • Weight room/equipment maintenance and set up 
  • Daily operation of team's Catapult technology and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: Catapult, Polar, Force Plates, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pitt Women's Basketball (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for Women's Basketball
  • Weight room/equipment maintenance and set up
  • Daily operation of team's Catapult technology and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: Catapult, Polar, Force Plates, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pitt Women's Soccer (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for Women's Soccer
  • Daily operation of team's Catapult and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: Catapult, Polar, Hawkin Dynamics, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pitt Women's Lacrosse (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for Women's Lacrosse
  • Daily operation of team's Catapult and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: Catapult, Polar, Hawkin Dynamics, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pitt Women's Volleyball (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at a Division I program, chance to earn hours beyond program requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for Volleyball 
  • Weight room/equipment maintenance and set up
  • Daily operations of team's VERT technology and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: VERT, Hawkin Dynamics, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pitt Men's and Women's Swimming (1 intern)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of swimming and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable experience at a Division I Swimming & Diving program, chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of dryland programs for Swimming & Diving
  • Tracking volumes, times and intensities of daily training
  • Daily set up of video cameras for athlete feedback
  • Providing health, sports performance and nutrition information for athletes through weekly lectures and conversations with athletes 
  • Providing physiological and periodization feedback to coaching staff to help improve implementation of training
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in collegiate athletics
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following: Data collection in Excel, Prior swimming experience
  • Experience with or a desire to learn R and Tableau for data visualization and reporting
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Hockey (1-2 interns)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning and/or sports science. Volunteers will gain valuable strength & conditioning experience at an elite youth program focusing on hockey athletes, general population clients, and several athletes from all other walks of the sports spectrum. Candidates will have the chance to earn hours beyond program requirements to hone specific skills, and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assisting with the implementation of strength & conditioning programs for the Pens Elite
  • Weight room/equipment maintenance and set up
  • Daily operation of team's technology and sports science equipment
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Acceptance to the Sports Science MS Program
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification (training can be provided)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in strength and conditioning or personal training 
  • Currently hold industry certification, preferably CSCCa – SCCC or NSCA – CSCS
  • Experience with or basic knowledge of the following programs: WHOOP, Jump mats, Velocity-based training tools (GymAware), Data collection in Excel
  • Flexible schedule preferred (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends)

Carnegie Mellon University Athletics (1-2 interns, paid opportunity)

Seeking an intern(s) for an assistant coaching role under the supervision of the head strength and conditioning coach. The position is modeled after a strength and conditioning graduate apprenticeship where the applicant will have the opportunity to assist in the following areas:

  • Leading multiple modalities of training ranging from short, weight-room-based routines to long, speed preparation sessions
  • Instructing sections of the workout including plyometrics, Olympic lifting, mobility, barbell, dumbbell and bodyweight exercises 
  • Leading groups through an entire workout from wrap-up to the end of running or lifting 

Coaching experience in a collegiate weight room and be certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association are preferred, not required. 

For more information, click here

 

Arsenal Football Club of Pittsburgh (1-2 interns, paid opportunity)

Seeking an intern(s) to assist in the development and implementation of the sports performance program. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading or assisting in the following:

  • Creating age-specific training plans for all players
  • Design and lead the session warm up for training throughout the year with specific focus on stretching, movement and activation
  • Serve as a resource to help players manage their body, including injuries, rehabilitation and performance 
  • Create a comprehensive testing program to measure players' power, agility and fitness

To learn more about this opportunity, click here

 

Pitt Neuromuscular Research Lab (NMRL) - human performance testing and research (3+ interns)

Successful applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in human performance research. Volunteers will gain valuable hands-on research experience across a number of studies, a chance to earn hours beyond program's requirements and have the opportunity to earn recommendations for future career opportunities. The NMRL is staffed by multidisciplinary research faculty and graduate students including athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, bioengineers, biomechanists, registered dietitians, medical doctors and epidemiologists. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to aid projects funded by the Department of Defense centered around performance optimization and injury prevention in both tactical and athletic populations.

Responsibilities:  

  • Data processing and management
  • Database entry of laboratory
  • Database management
  • Collection of biological samples (muscle and blood)
  • Body composition and bone density scans
  • Biomechanical performance assessments
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required:

  • Ability to work flexible hours (i.e. early mornings and weekends)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous human subjects research experience 
  • Undergraduate degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition or a related field
  • Experience with or a desire to learn data analysis and statistical methods
  • CPR/AED certification