McMaster University Summer Strength & Conditioning Coach Internship

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McMaster University Summer Strength & Conditioning Coach Internship:    This opportunity is an unpaid 18-week internship providing hands on experience in the field of Strength & Conditioning in a University athletic setting.   The purpose of the Summer S&C internship program is to educate participants in all aspects of sports performance coaching. Interns will assist with and help train varsity athletes from a wide range of sports, train professional, collegiate, national and provincial level athletes in small groups or in a one on one setting, as well as, conduct LTAD based strength & conditioning camps for youth athletes. The desired outcome of the internship program is to provide participants with the opportunity to be instructed and mentored by McMaster’s Lead Performance coaches to better prepare them with the tools necessary for employment in this increasingly competitive field.  

Tasks include: 

• Weekly educational seminars and tutorials administered by coaches, professors, and professionals in the field.  • Completing assigned projects based on weekly educational topics. 

• Work as camp staff for The Performance Academy by Competitive Edge -Youth LTAD Development Camp

• Work as camp staff for the Marauder Sport Camps – Sport specific development

• Conduct team, group or individual training sessions, including but not limited to: o Athlete preparation/warm-up and recovery sessions o Athlete return to play protocols o Movement and physiological assessments o Movement and plyometric training sessions o Strength, power, and energy system development sessions

• Learn how to use and gain competence with typical assessment tools including: BodPod, Force Plates, Timing Lights, Tendo Units, OptoJump etc… • Work alongside our staff in advancing McMaster Performance training systems 

• Supervise weight room

• Weekly educational seminars and tutorials administered by coaches, professors, and professionals in the field. 

• Completing assigned projects based on weekly educational topics. 

• Work as camp staff for The Performance Academy by Competitive Edge -Youth LTAD Development Camp

• Work as camp staff for the Marauder Sport Camps

Sport specific development

• Conduct team, group or individual training sessions, including but not limited to: o Athlete preparation/warm-up and recovery sessions o Athlete return to play protocols

• Movement and physiological assessments o Movement and plyometric training sessions o Strength, power, and energy system development sessions

• Learn how to use and gain competence with typical assessment tools including: BodPod, Force Plates, Timing Lights, Tendo Units, OptoJump etc… • Work alongside our staff in advancing McMaster Performance training systems  • Supervise weight room

Qualifications and skills required: 

• Graduate of a University/College program in Kinesiology/Fitness Program. • Strong interest and passion for Strength & Conditioning. 

• Minimum 1-2 yrs experience in training & conditioning athletes.

• Highly motivated leader with strong coaching skills. 

• Ability to work flexible hours including weekends (expect 20-40 hrs/week). 

• Ability to work in a fast-paced athletic environment. 

• First Aid CPR & AED.

• Criminal record check.  

What truly sets our internship apart is where our previous staff are now. We have former interns pursuing Masters and PhDs in Strength & Conditioning, employed with various national teams, Canadian Sport Centre’s and pursuing internships with professional teams, private sector facilities and NCAA Universities.

 This 4-month position begins on May 1st, 2019 and completes on Aug 30th, 2019. If you are interested in one of these positions, please email:   1. Cover letter outlining your career goals and why this internship will help you achieve those goals.  2. Up to date resume

 To Ben Bahrami Bahrami@mcmaster.ca 

 By March 30th, 2019   Please note you will be responsible for providing your own housing, transportation, and food.   We will be responding by April 12th, 2019 to let you know of the steps moving forward.   Good Luck!   Ben Bahrami CSCS, Mkin, BSc Strength & Conditioning Coordinator McMaster University bahrami@mcmaster.ca (905) 745 2595  

Please read the testimonials from some of our past interns:

 I had nothing but incredibly positive experiences during my summer internship at McMaster. The aspect that makes the McMaster internship unique is the incredible knowledge, experience, and willingness from the strength and conditioning Coaches. The McMaster internship provided not only the foundational strength and conditioning material taught within the curriculum, but presented constant opportunities to apply that knowledge in an elite training environment. As an intern, I was responsible for facilitating and assisting with fitness assessments, FMS/SFMA movement screens, reconditioning programs, and training for varsity athletes of various sports as well as youth, National, and professional athletes through Athlete’s Edge. The amount I learned and coaching experience I gained over the 4 months was paramount in providing me with the tools I needed to work in a high performance training atmosphere in the future.                 -Vicki Bendus, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Brock University

 As a Kinesiology grad, strength and conditioning coach and more recently a CMCC grad (2015), I was looking for experience in the S&C setting before starting my career as a manual therapist and coach.  The summer internship at Mac provided a valuable learning opportunity for me to follow a passion as a strength and conditioning coach. Working in an integrative approach I was able to work with high-level athletes coming off of various injuries needing intensive reconditioning to get them back to their sport. Learning under the great team at McMaster I was able to further understand the injury process, high level athletic development and the university sports setting to complement my future therapist and coaching roles.This internship has great potential to advance professionally, and Mac S&C has amazing resources to help you along the way. Overall, a very positive and encouraging experience I would highly recommend.  – Dr. Eric Nelson BA (Hons. Kin), DC, D. Acu, CSCS, SFMA

 As an intern working at the David Braley Athletic Centre, I was given the opportunity to work with experienced coaches’ varsity & Olympic athletes. This internship taught me the fundamental principles in improving athletic performance, understanding injury mechanisms and how to use technology to test athletic abilities. I worked directly with experienced coaches who provided me with feedback as I coached athletes in the High Performance Area. Weekly education series and training with the strength coaches not only helped me be a better coach but allowed me to improve my ability to strength train as well. This internship has given me the foundation I need to be a well-rounded health care professional.  -Ricky Singh, Chiropractor, PEAKS

 Being a part of the McMaster Strength and Conditioning internship was an absolutely amazing experience. Being surrounded by highly talented and knowledgeable coaches was an excellent way to see what it takes to be successful in the profession. The blend of classroom and hands on teaching provided an optimal environment for learning ways to teach, program, test and interact with athletes, youth, and teams. Along with education, the internship provides you with a wealth of experience, getting to work with youth, collegiate, professional, and Olympic level teams and athletes. These experiences helped to set up a solid foundation of knowledge, along with providing insight on ways to improve and use my own coaching style. This internship is an excellent way to take the next step as a coach or health care professional. – Andre Carere, Director of Movement, PEAKS Lifestyle

 The McMaster Strength & Conditioning summer internship program was a great experience that has helped shaped my career and the kind of coach I want to become. The program combined a great array of theoretical knowledge with weekly lectures that were immediately put into practice with hands on experience. I will be forever grateful to the dedicated staff who worked countless hours investing in my personal and professional development. They entrusted me to work independently throughout the program but were always there to provide help and insight that would improve my coaching skills. Individuals who are looking to progress their career in the strength & conditioning field need to take advantage of the opportunity that is available at McMaster University.  – Nathan Archer, founder/strength coach at ATS

 The McMaster Strength and Conditioning Coach Internship is an incredibly knowledgeable, high intensity, hands-on experience.  Having the opportunity to help coach the training camps for Hockey Canada and the Hamilton Tiger Cat’s allowed me to see elite level athletes up close and in action.  Working with varsity athletes allowed me to train them for high performance, but as well, putting into consideration the lifestyle as a student and the difficulties it may bring. I’m so happy to say that I am now a part of the McMaster Strength and Conditioning Coach family and it was an amazing experience. -Rhea Molenaar, Live Well Specialist, YMCA

 Completing the Summer Internship with Mac’s Strength and Conditioning program is one of the best things you can do for your learning and professional development if you are interested in working with athletes.  From the first week and throughout the entire summer I was working with a ton of athletes – day-in and day-out – from different sports, injury statuses, and competition levels.  Those hours of coaching are invaluable.  Completing the internship allowed me to develop my coaching skills and helped me developed my own coaching style or “voice.”   My network in the field grew instantly as I got to spend the summer with 7 other interns who were all coming from different pasts, and all had different experiences to share.  There was always time for fun with the other interns, we made sure of it. The best part of the whole thing is being able to work with the strength coaches every day, and they’re just as dedicated to your learning and development as you are.  The coaches always made time to answer my questions and to make sure that I got the experience that I wanted from the internship.  It takes hard work and dedication to get the most out of the internship, but I always had people there that I knew were just as committed to my learning and growth as I was.  -Jordan Bates, CSCS  

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