July 2018, Internships

S&C Internship

Start your career with the Team Behind the Team

Motivated by New Zealand's performances on the Olympic, Paralympic and World stage and want to be part of the team behind the team? If you are considering a career in Strength & Conditioning this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Our vision is to inspire the nation through more New Zealanders winning on the world stage at Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. We will achieve this by focussing on the key strategic drivers of People, High Performance Environment, Planning & Monitoring, Immersion, Innovation and Intelligence. Our S&C Intern Programme is designed for persons starting out, but committed to their S&C pathway.

Immersion

Our Interns will become fully immersed in performance S&C environments across the HPSNZ system where they will gain approximately 500 hours experience over a 10 month period in a range of Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, including amazing opportunities with New Zealand Cricket(NZC).

Mentorship

Our Interns will be guided on this journey and mentored by some of New Zealand’s leading S&C coaches, provided with opportunities to develop their individual coaching philosophies and styles, sharpen their coaching skills and develop their ‘coaching-eye’ on a range of athletes across multiple sports. They will learn how to interact and operate within a Support Team and start to develop the ‘soft skills’ to be effective in this space.

Learning Environment

While our Interns will follow a structured learning framework that will result in the ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning qualification, they will be encouraged to explore their own areas of interest and find ways to value-add to the environment.

The Future

Many of our past interns have been retained in the HPSNZ system as contractors or become employed S&C coaches as a result of the experience they obtained, their demonstrated knowledge and willingness to learn, and the value they added while volunteering for their internship.

Skills and Experience

Preferred Qualifications and experience
  • A commitment to your S&C development by holding a Level 1 ASCA, UKSCA or CSCS qualification or the ability to complete this or obtain RPL prior to commencement of the Internship in February 2019
  • Bachelors degree in sport science or related field and / or working towards postgraduate qualifications OR a proven work experience in strength & conditioning
  • First Aid & CPR or the ability to obtain this prior to commencement of the Internship in February 2019
Attributes & Skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Open-minded
  • Ability to commit to 10-15 hrs of unpaid work each week for a 10 month period
  • Lots of enthusiasm
Next Steps

147

applications received in 2017

40%

of applications were female

6

opportunities across New Zealand

FAQs

When can I apply?

These roles will be advertised in Wellington in July 2018, and Auckland, the Waikato, Christchurch and Dunedin in September 2018. Keep an eye on our careers site https://careers.hpsnz.org.nz/home for more information.

How do I apply?

Go to our careers site where you will find the job advert for the relevant region you would like to be considered for.On the individual position’s page, you will see an ‘Apply Now!’ button. Please complete all sections, sharing as much information as possible.

We will also require a CV and cover letter for every application.

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Who can apply?

People with a passion for sport, with a demonstrable emphasis towards Strength and Conditioning. You must have, or be working towards at the point of applying, the ASCA level 1 qualification. We also require all interns to hold valid First Aid and CPR certificates.

It is also preferable to hold a Bachelors degree, or a similar equivalent, in sport science, or a related field.

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What is involved in the recruitment process?

As well as sending us your CV and cover letter, there will be a 2 stage interview process. If you are successful in being shortlisted to the first stage, you will be asked to complete a short video interview.

How many positions are available?

6 in total; 1 in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, and Cambridge, and 2 in Auckland.

How long is the programme?

The programme will last 10 months, from February 2019 – December 2019.

What will I learn?

While you will follow a structured learning framework that will result in the ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning qualification, you will also be encouraged to explore your own areas of interest and find ways to value-add to the environment.

What skills will I come out with?

You will be guided on this journey and mentored by some of New Zealand’s leading S&C coaches, provided with opportunities to develop your individual coaching philosophies and styles, sharpen your coaching skills and develop your ‘coaching-eye’ on a range of athletes, across multiple sports.

You will learn how to interact and operate within a Support Team and start to develop the ‘soft skills’ to be effective in this space.

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Where can an internship lead to?

There is a range of potential opportunities for our Intern Alumni, including jobs within HPSNZ, individual sports, further study, etc. With our supportive network, we aim to do what we can to assist you in leaving the internship

What is an average day like?

In an average day or session, you could be in the gym supporting your S&C Lead with their athletes, using the systems and writing up and recording training plans, or attending workshops as a part of the programme. It can be very varied!

What is involved in the workshops?

You will get the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the industry experts. We encourage you to be inquisitive and get to know the HP system. It may include some travel to see how it all works in some of the other regions.

Internship Framework 2019

Purpose

To offer strength and conditioning students with an opportunity to work in an applied high performance environment to increase strength and conditioning skills and knowledge. Experience in elite sport is a crucial component of any high-performance strength and conditioning role, thus a year internship offers this exposure to increase post-graduate student’s/graduate’s employability.

Criteria
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a valid work permit or study visa
  • Hold a Bachelors degree in sport science or related field and / or working towards postgraduate qualifications or have proven work experience in strength and conditioning
  • Possess outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Be self-directed, motivated and able to commit to 10 hours+ per week of unpaid work for a 10-month period
  • First Aid and CPR or the ability to obtain this prior to commencement of the Internship in February 2019
  • A commitment to their strength and conditioning development by holding a Level 1 ASCA, UKSCA or CSCS qualification or the ability to complete this or obtain RPL prior to commencement of the Internship in February 2019
  • Hold a full, clean NZ drivers licence and be willing to travel
Overview
  • 10-15 h per week, volunteered, over a 10-month period from February 2019 – December 2019
  • 3-month probation period
  • There will be a role based at each Regional Training Centre (Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin)
  • Interns will complete a deconstructed level 2 ASCA accreditation over the first 6months of the program
  • New Zealand Cricket (NZC) familiarisation to occur Feb-May, with increased coaching opportunities over Winter
  • Each intern will have 1-2 mentors that will work alongside them to ensure they are achieving learning outcomes
  • Sport-specific tasks will be assigned to interns by their mentor to encourage and develop the below learning objectives
  • Interns will be expected to attend weekly strength and conditioning meetings and will be invited to attend other HPSNZ presentations when appropriate to receive cross discipline exposure
  • The Intern will be challenged with a series of tasks to initiate discussion within the HP environments, topics will originate from the ASCA Level 2.