The Santa Clara University Strength & Conditioning Department – Intern-Mentorship Program

Santa Clara University: The Santa Clara University Strength & Conditioning Department is actively seeking applicants to fill our Intern-Mentorship Program, working with Olympic Sports within our program for the 2016 Winter/Spring Term (Jan. 4th-May 27th).

The intent of the Intern-Mentorship Program is to provide a several month experience of hands-on training to prepare the candidate to take on the next level position in strength and conditioning as either a graduate assistant or full-time strength coach.

Intern Coaches are expected to participate in a comprehensive educational program, including white board discussion and hands-on experience in the following areas: program design, exercise instruction, Olympic lifting progressions and techniques, plyometric, speed and agility techniques, energy system development, regeneration methods, nutritional basics, and facility and athlete management. Dependent upon the previous knowledge/experience of the candidate, he/she will have the opportunity to work with force plate testing and analysis, Sparta Trac software, and GPS monitoring. Intern Coach responsibilities will include various duties within the SCU Strength & Conditioning Department.

Hours will vary throughout the semester and may include early morning, late afternoon, or weekend hours. Requirements: 1) CPR/AED/First Aid 2) Bachelor’s degree and/or current enrollment in a related field 3) Must have a strong desire to pursue a career in strength and conditioning at the high school, collegiate, or professional team setting, possess an excellent work ethic and have the ability to take initiative and be pro-active.

Preferred: 1) SCCC, CSCS and/or USAW 2) Previous weight room or athletic coaching experience. Compensation: Continual educational resources, access to networking opportunities, potential future recommendation for professional advancement and continuing mentorship beyond completion of the internship. There will be no monetary compensation for this position.

APPLICATION: 1) Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least two to three references (ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN ONE FILE, preferably Microsoft Word or PDF, AND NOT EXCEED 3 PAGES IN LENGTH) 2) Send a video file/link with demonstrations of Power Clean, Squat and RDL to: Patrick Dolan MS SCCC CSCS, Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, Santa Clara University – Athletics, 500 El Camino Real-Athletics, Santa Clara, CA 95053 or e-mail to

Reflections on Admitted Spartan Day: Kinesiology Major Writes about Growth & Confidence

As I stepped out of my car at 7:30am (yep I’m a commuter student), I felt the morning drowsiness slowly fade, replaced with déjà vu. It hit me when I bumped into a shuffling high school senior on my way to the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and Kinesiology Ambassadors tables at Admitted Spartan Day. “Hey,” I thought. I passed several more timid, wide-eyed students. “I was YOU. And YOU. Oh, and YOU too. Just one year ago.”

What a difference a year makes. One year ago, I was a Washington High School student (Fremont, CA), terrified at the thought of riding public transportation to SJSU. Almost one year ago, on April 16th 2011, I timidly walked toward the same Pre-Physical Therapy Club table, smiling nervously and stammering out questions in a clumsy manner. Yet this weekend, on April 14th 2012, I deliberately strode with a purpose toward the club tables. Wearing a Pre-Physical Therapy Club t-shirt and an invisible, yet proud, badge of “college student status” courage, I was ready to help make incoming students feel welcome and ready to help them move on to the next big stages in their lives.

There were moments of light-hearted laughter when it seemed as if a parent was planning to attend SJSU in the fall rather than their child. There was also excitement when talking with a student who had clearly given thought to future careers. It wasn’t until Admitted Spartan Day was in full swing that I realized how lucky I was. I never thought I would be laughing with the club officers, role models, students who I hope to be as successful as in the next few years. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I knew a lot more about kinesiology curriculum than I had thought! Education works.

I am grateful for the opportunities SJSU offers to students to get involved in the Spartan community. Most importantly, I am grateful for the friendly spirit that makes up Kinesiology, composed of individuals eager to teach, learn, grow, and make our world of physical activity a better place.

By Erin Enguero, Kinesiology Major, KIN Ambassador