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Internships/work experience—Student Practicum Placements in QAS Sport Science

Performance Science Internships

The Performance Science unit at the Queensland Academy of Sport offer 12-month paid Internships for recent graduates. The focus of the Performance Science service unit is to develop and deliver high performance support to elite athletes and coaches within Queensland. Internship positions allow highly motivated and appropriately qualified individuals to gain valuable experience supporting these athletes and coaches in the fields of applied sport science.

Over the years the QAS has provided the opportunity for numerous students to learn practical skills, enhance their knowledge and importantly interact with world-class practitioners, scientists, coaches and athletes. The experience gained is specific, practical and extremely valuable for individuals who aspire to work in elite sport.

Interns are expected to work full-time hours within the Performance Science unit. Some weekend and after hours work may be required, however, adequate warning is usually provided. During the placement, interns are encouraged to participate in normal staff activities including meetings and social events. Access to a vehicle is strongly preferred but not essential for travel to off-site venues.

Interns are supervised at all times by the scientist responsible for the specific work they are undertaking at any one time. However, interns are assigned a primary supervisor for the duration of their placement. It is the responsibility of the primary supervisor to devise the intern’s work plan and coordinate their time with other scientists.

The Performance Science Unit at QAS offers two positions annually, one position from January to December and the second position from July to June the following year.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist with service delivery across all disciplines to a variety of sport programs, under the supervision of the Performance Science staff, including laboratory and field-testing
  • Contribute to project based servicing or research projects as required
  • Gain applied skills in physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition and performance analysis
  • Complete a formal fundamental competency certification program
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the QAS Laboratory, including those associated with meeting Quality Assurance (NSSQA) standards
  • Contribute to staff and science meetings on a regular basis
  • Complete a project related to a sport program/research aim by the end of the internship

Application Information

Applications have now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in due course for positions starting in January 2018.

  • Applicants must have the right to work in Australia (Residents and Citizens only)
  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline (Sport Science, Exercise Science etc.)
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificates
  • Working with Children Check (QLD Blue Card or interstate equivalent)
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle would be beneficial

To apply for future opportunities, please submit a cover letter, resume and academic transcript. Please include information and/or examples relating to the following key areas in your cover letter

  • Exemplary sport science knowledge and skills
  • Experience working in applied sport science setting including experience dealing with elite athletes and coaches and other service providers
  • Experience in conducting applied sport science research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and trouble shooting skills
  • A passion and desire to have a career in elite sport

For further information please contact Dr. Trish King on (07) 3708 7800.

Last updated
15 December 2017