Philadelphia Union Academy Performance Intern - Philadelphia Union (CHESTER · PA)

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ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Youth development is the core of our mission and the heart of our passion. The Philadelphia Union Academy program is free of charge so Philadelphia’s future players of promise have an opportunity to pursue their passions without the burden of paying to play. Selection into the program is a true accomplishment and the major step in a player’s path to Subaru Park.
 
The innovative Philadelphia Union Academy program is deeply based in sport science and performance and follows best practices in coaching education. It includes three developmental phases: Junior Academy (U9 - U12), Mid Academy (U13 - U14) and Senior Academy (U15 - Union Development Squad). At all ages, our players are asked to lead by example and embrace the ethos and culture of Philadelphia Union.
 
The Philadelphia Union Academy was established after studying the models of the most innovative and successful soccer clubs worldwide, Philadelphia Union set about implementing a holistic developmental platform integrating world-class player training and sport science for the youth soccer players of the Greater Philadelphia region.
 
The Philadelphia Union Academy is the renowned soccer platform providing an opportunity for the youngest players to develop a passion for the game, or for an elite academy player on the cusp of professional stardom to pursue excellence, all in the same enriching and nurturing environment. Philadelphia Union Academy has one of the most qualified and skilled staffs in North America, featuring sport science and athletic development training as important resources. The program is overseen by UEFA Pro Licensed Academy Director Tommy Wilson. The Philadelphia Union Academy is based out of YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, and features an innovative, first-of-its-kind soccer specific independent school partner, YSC Academy.
 
 The Philadelphia Union Academy is looking to add a hardworking, resourceful and motivated individual to support our performance team as an intern.

ABOUT THIS ROLE
The position is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania at YSC Sports.  The primary role includes supporting the Philadelphia Union’s Academy teams (UDS, U17, U15, U14, U13, U12). Internships with Philadelphia Union Academy will provide qualified interns with an assortment of valuable learning experiences and exposure to all aspects of strength and conditioning and sport science.
 
GOALS
  • Learn how to be a valuable member of a multi-disciplinary team in a high-performance environment. 
  • Understand the daily work flow and the environment in a top elite soccer academy, while gaining valuable hands-on experience.
  • Understand the role of sport science to help inform decisions in a professional soccer environment.
  • Gain a holistic approach to physical preparation in team sport.
  • Gain knowledge of different training methodologies in soccer, and how to implement these ideas to aid in the planning and organization of the training process.
  • Develop valuable communication skills, through dealing with athletes and sport coaches in the real team setting.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assist with the field and gym sessions.
  • Assist in GPS distribution, live analysis of GPS data during training, and post training download/analysis. 
  • Assist in the collection of various Kitman Labs data inputs.
  • Maintain, organize and clean the weight room.
  • Lead activations for the U12-U14 Academy teams.
  • Assist in additional tasks as directed by the Director of Academy Performance and staff. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Must be a college senior, or graduate student pursuing a degree in Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Science, or closely related field.
  • Working towards NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
  • Must demonstrate the intention and desire to work in the field of strength and conditioning and sport science.
  • Previous experience working in a soccer environment preferred
  • Hold a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
  • Have a conceptual understanding of Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD).
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Graduate student pursuing a degree in Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Science, or closely related field.
  • Previous experience working in a soccer environment preferred
  • Hold a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
  • Have a conceptual understanding of Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD).
*This is an unpaid, academic internship. To be considered, you must be receiving academic credit* 
 
If selected for an internship with the Philadelphia Union Academy the intern will be required to provide the following clearances: 
  • PA Child Abuse History clearance 
  • PA State Police Criminal Records Check 
  • An FBI Criminal Background Check if you have not been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for 10 years. If you have been a continuous resident of PA for the last 10 years, you may affirm in writing that you have no other convictions that would disqualify employment. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Job Questions:

  1. Are you aware this is an unpaid internship?

  2. Are you receiving academic credit for this internship?