deadline 02 February 2019
employer U.S. Ski & Snowboard
type Internship
approved No

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the National Governing Body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding in the United States, and is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Free-skiing. Located in Park City, Utah, the Sport Science Department consists of 25 High Performance staff members, ranging from physiologists, dietitians, and sports technologists to physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. These staff serve over 200 athletes from across the country as they pursue their dreams of becoming Best in the World. The state-of-the-art training facility includes a full weight room, sport science lab, basketball court, trampolines, a skate park, a nutrition center, and recovery/rehabilitation facilities.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Sport Science department is seeking high-energy, hard-working, up-and-coming Strength & Conditioning coaches who are looking to immerse themselves in a true High Performance environment. This internship is an incredible opportunity to bridge the gap between the theoretical and the practical, as interns will partake in continuing education from some of the industry's best and brightest while also coaching national team athletes through their off-season preparation. The experience gained here will challenge common S&C beliefs, push the boundaries of thinking and experimenting, and present a real-world experience unlike any other.

Among other things, interns can expect the following:

-An in-depth furthering of practical Sport Performance knowledge and skills.
-Development of complementary skills (Excel, PowerPoint, resume-building, and other professional-development skills - from ground 0 if needed).
-Mentoring from Sport Scientists, Physiologists, PTs, ATs, and Coordinators.
-Practical experience working with an incredibly diverse group of athletes.
-160+ hours of continuing education aimed at bridging the theoretical-practical gap.
-Real-world problems and challenges with real-world solutions.
-Outside the box thinking and learning.

Some example topics that will be covered throughout this internship include:

-Peaking and Tapering
-Physiological Concepts of Fatigue
-How to Create and Give a Professional Presentation
-Olympic Lifting 1-4 - Overview, Practice, Progressions, Variations
-Interpretation of Research
-Force Plate Measures and Data Analysis
-Sports Medicine - Overview of the PT and AT
-Return to Sport - from Surgery to the Slopes
-Applied Physics and Biomechanics
-Monitoring - Data Collection, Reporting, and Action Items

Also included are numerous round-table discussions with High Performance staff from around the world, site-visits to local collegiate, professional, and Olympic organizations, organized outdoor activity (and how it applies to athlete preparation), as well as numerous opportunities to dig deep into multiple different sports with program presentations to follow.

As an example for the trajectory this internship is working to create, here's a brief list of where a few of our past interns are now:

-Applied Sport Scientist - Orlando Magic
-Athletic Development Coach - U.S. Ski & Snowboard (5 current staff)
-High Performance Specialist - Sun Valley Ski Academy
-S&C Coach - University of Utah
-S&C Consultant - Red Bull
-S&C Coach - Fresno State
-S&C Coach - Sydney Kings
-S&C Coach - NSCA HQ
-Sports Medicine Data Analyst - USOC

Structure and Schedule

This will not be a "stand in the corner" internship, nor will be a "just help set up and clean up" environment. Interns will be fully immersed in our culture and operations, with duties including (but not limited to):

-Participation in a rigorous internship curriculum, including classroom and practical education sessions, presentations, staff workouts, and focused reading assignments.
-Program observation and implementation, including teaching, assessing, and overseeing exercises and sessions for warm-up, plyometrics, speed/agility, Olympic lifts, weight training, conditioning, and active recovery.
-Athletic assessment and physical testing, including tests for aerobic fitness, movement competency, strength and power, anaerobic fitness, and more. This will also include data entry and analysis, and potential research projects.
-Program design, including periodization, understanding of various phases and models, and adjustment for competition or athlete requirements.
-Assigned research projects and presentations, as directed or required for academic credit.
-Management of certain athletes or groups as directed by High Performance staff.
-Cleaning and maintenance duties within the Center of Excellence.

The duration of the internship is approximately 4 months, beginning on Monday, April 22, 2018, and concluding on Friday, August 23, 2018. The typical schedule is around 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00a to 5:00p. Interns will have weekends off (unless there's a special event), and are encouraged to enjoy all that Park City and Utah have to offer. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and camping are just a few opportunities available. Lastly, there is potential for domestic or international travel within this internship.

This internship offers a monthly stipend in addition to a hot lunch every business day, however interns are responsible for all costs during the internship period, including relocation, accommodations, transportation, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

-Enrollment or completion of a BS or MS degree in Exercise Science or related field
-A positive attitude, high level of motivation and work ethic, and the willingness to learn and listen to constructive criticism
-Must be eligible to work in the United States at time of application (no international applications are currently being accepted)
-Must be organized and adaptable, with the ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team environment
-Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport with athletes and effectively communicate with athletes, coaches, and staff
-Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED, or the ability to obtain these within 30 days of internship start date. No online-only certifications are accepted.
-Experience leading or teaching groups of athletes or students
-Proficiency with computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
-Prior experience in a strength and conditioning setting (as an athlete, volunteer, or coach)
-Proficiency in Olympic lifting, strength training, plyometrics, and metabolic conditioning
-Current certification from the CSCCa, NSCA, and/or USAW

Application Process

The application window is open from December 3, 2018, to February 2, 2019. Any applications submitted after February 2, 2019, will not be considered. Applicants will likely have multiple rounds of interviews, as this is a highly competitive internship. Historically, 2 to 5 applicants have been chosen out of a pool of 80 to 120 applicants each year.

Interested candidates can apply by sending a 1-page resume and their application video to:

Michael Bingaman
1 Victory Lane
Park City, UT 8460

The resume should be saved in PDF format as "[Last Name].[First Name].Resume".

The video submission has a 2-minute cap and will not be judged on cinematic quality. To be clear, a video submitted using the front-facing camera of a smartphone will not be given any less consideration than a video shot on a professional camera - content is king. The video should address the following:

1. What excites you about this particular internship?
2. What unique quality or skill sets you apart from everyone else?
3. Tell us a story we'd be interested in hearing.

Videos should be uploaded to Dropbox and named as follows: "[Last name].[First name].Video". Once the video has uploaded, copy and paste a link to the video within your application email (which should also include your 1-page resume). Please send all documents electronically.

Upon submitting your application, expect to receive a confirmation email within 2 business days. This email will give further details into the operational time frame of the application process. Official offers will be extended to successful candidates around the first or second week of March 2018. The internship will then begin on Monday, April 22, 2018.

Application Checklist:

- 1-page resume (PDF format, saved/named appropriately)
- Direct link from Dropbox to your application video (2-minute cap, saved/named appropriately)
- February 2, 2019, deadline

If you have any questions about this process, you are welcome to reach out to Michael Bingaman via his contact info above.