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Many university programs require students to participate in some form of internship experience prior to the completion of their degree. Strength and conditioning students that participate in these opportunities can gain significant real-world experience and have the chance to learn from seasoned coaches. But the flip side is a slow start to a career, thereby limiting chances at precious entry level coaching jobs.
Over the years I have received feedback about student performance from numerous intern site supervisors, some good and some not so good. The following are some of the things that site supervisors have reported back to me over the years as I have watched students go through this process. For any student preparing for their internship this internship tips article will give you a few things to consider to make certain you are getting the most out of your time and developing a good relationship with your supervisors.
Mistake 1: Not being aware of, or disregarding, the culture
Mistake 2: Acting like a know it all
Mistake 3: Asking questions at inappropriate times
Mistake 4: Not understanding context
Mistake 5: Complaining about opportunities
Hopefully these internship tips have given you a few things to consider if you are student currently in or seeking an internship. It is important for young professionals to remember the strength and conditioning field is pretty tight knit, so making a good impression has implications beyond the internship site. It is common practice when you are applying for a job for coaches to call their colleagues and check up on you outside of the reference list you provide. For this reason, it is important for you to make a good impression. Remember, “It is not who you know, but who knows you” when you are job hunting. Treat your internship like a job, and it just might lead to one!
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