Required Hours: 150


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  • Scientific basis for and practical applications of resistance training

  • Design and implementation of conditioning programs

  • Lifting mechanics, techniques and instructional strategies for teaching resistance training for sport/performance outcomes.

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This Internship is designed to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the theory and applications of strength and conditioning.  The lecture portion of the internship will focus on developing an understanding of the scientific foundations and theory for the practical/applied aspects of strength and conditioning.  The practical application / hands on portion of the course will focus on instructing the student how to perform and teach proper lifting mechanics and techniques, as well as develop a thorough understanding of the practical application of the scientific principles taught in the lecture portion of the course. Furthermore, this internship is specifically designed to bridge the gap between research and professional practice for the optimization of training in order to prepare the student for future practice as a strength and conditioning professional.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program design and implementation, lifting technique instruction and analysis, injury reconditioning, performance testing, research, and the general day-to-day operations of running the facility. Overall, this comprehensive internship is designed to prepare interns for the real world job market.

Course Objectives:  

Students will be able to:

  • understand and learn the importance and how to apply soft skills as it pertains to coaching individuals and groups

  • explain the physiological responses and adaptations to resistance training

  • explain the role of bioenergetics to metabolic specificity of training

  • describe biomechanical applications to resistance training for sport

  • discuss nutritional factors related to sports performance

  • design and evaluate programs for developing strength, power, speed, and conditioning

  • understand the value of Olympic lifting to athletic performance

  • correctly perform resistance training and spotting techniques

  • evaluate and demonstrate basic knowledge of teaching weight lifting skills

  • describe appropriate testing and evaluation of an athlete

  • demonstrate an understanding of periodization and program design

  • suggest safe and appropriate accommodations for weight lifting in persons of different ages and in those with special needs

  • demonstrate effective cueing and organization of training sessions for small and large groups

  • outline considerations in the organization and administration of strength and conditioning programs

  • learn the day to day operations of managing a facility.

  • learning to make a positive difference.

Application Requirements: Candidates for this program must be enrolled in, or have graduated from, an exercise science or related program within one year of application at an accredited college or university. Applicants must desire a professional position in Strength and Conditioning or Sports Medicine. Applicants enrolled in, or graduated from, an NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) school are preferred. Candidates must have current CPR/AED certification and hold, or currently be pursuing, the CSCS® certification. Internships are extremely competitive.


intern testimonials

“The internship program at P4L was one of the best decisions I made as a kinesiology student. I met many new friends who had an immense passion for an array topics. As a budding exercise science practitioner looking for experience in the field, getting to not only meet these people, but to form valuable connections with them and learn from them was an experience worth its weight in gold. They place family as one of their first and main values, and everyone there truly manifests that value in the way I was welcomed in so warmly. Furthermore, the quality instruction at P4L gave me the tools and confidence to become a successful coach. If you’re looking to become a member of a top-notch fitness community and take your exercise science education to new heights, P4L is the place to be.”

- Mohammed, Past Intern