How valuable is an IFAST Internship and becoming part of the IFAST Family?

Three IFAST Family members currently hold directorship positions on NBA Teams

Three IFAST Family members currently work in professional baseball

Several IFAST Family members have gone on to earn Doctorates or are currently pursuing their PhD in top academic programs

Numerous others have gone on to start their own successful fitness and sports training businesses of their own

Our strength coach internships include over 660 hours of field time. Interns start by observing the various approaches and strategies our staff uses to build rapport with individual clients. With time, interns are given an increasing amount of responsibility, progressing from helping clients with warm-ups to coaching both semi-private and team-training sessions. Interns also support the day-to-day operations of the business by assisting with cleaning and general office tasks.

Additionally, interns are expected to attend weekly educational in-services and develop a strong understanding of our assessment and program design process. Finally, we invite interns to actively think about how they can leverage their personal skills and interests to make IFAST better. We expect interns to be passionate, show initiative, obsessively read (PRI, anatomy, physiology, psychology, marketing, business) and ask lots and lots of questions.

In short, we expect our interns to leave IFAST being able to assess clients and write training programs better than the majority of personal trainers in the country.

Unable to commit the time but still want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of what we do? Consider becoming a member of IFAST University.


CRITERIA & SELECTION PROCESS

We consider our internship process here at IFAST to be second to none. Unlike other internships where you push a broom and stand in the corner, our goal is to give you a complete learning experience and provide you with the foundational skills that will benefit you in the future. If you are interested in performing an internship at IFAST, we need the following before you can be considered:


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Are you a highly motivated individual ready to catapult your understanding of training others? If so, see if you meet our minimum requirements below:

  • Ability to commit to 16 weeks of ridiculously long hours and learning-induced brain cramps.
  • Interest in helping athletes of all ages, sizes, and abilities.
  • Statement of the time of year (spring, summer, fall winter) you want to intern, as well as proposed start/finish dates.
  • Exercise-related college degree preferred
  • Proof of liability insurance (Must be obtained before you start; we recommend $500,000 with K&K)

TO APPLY

Email the following to Jae at ifastinternship@gmail.com:

  • Cover letter that includes how you heard about IFAST
  • Resume
  • List of at least three professional references
  • Brief (~500 word) essay on why you’d like to be an intern at IFAST
  • Links to 2 videos (uploaded to YouTube with privacy settings set so anyone with the link can view them):
    • Up to 2 minutes of you coaching someone on a squat, deadlift, or other compound movement.
      In the video, you must:
      1. Demonstrate the movement between 3-5 reps before you begin coaching.
      2. Coach the “client” as if it is their first time going through the exercise.
      3. Avoid technical jargon (“posterior pelvic tilt” or “upward rotation of the scapula”). Talk as if you are coaching a general fitness client, not an exercise science major.
      4. Identify some faults and fix them. If your model moves exceptionally well, then demonstrate some common faults and common cues to fix them.
    • Up to 2 minutes on why IFAST should choose you. You are strongly encouraged to tell an anecdote that illustrates why you have the qualities to be a good coach, student, and intern. You should speak clearly into the camera without reading from a script.
    • Videos must be in landscape orientation, filmed from a tripod or a stable surface.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

We often get international candidates interested in participating in our internship program. Please see IST Plus for additional information and requirements.


STRENGTH-TRAINING INTERN APPLICATION DEADLINES

Internship slots are filled as applications are received and considered. Applying early is highly recommended.

  • 2018 SPRING (1/8/18 – 4/28/18): deadline 10/27/17
  • 2018 SUMMER (5/14/17 – 8/11/18): deadline 02/23/18
  • 2018 FALL (9/4/18 – 12/22/18): deadline 05/25/18

PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERNSHIP ROTATIONS: Currently we are only accepting physical therapy students seeking placement in 2019 or beyond. For additional information, please contact Jason or Danny directly at 317-578-0998.  


TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS INTERNS