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USA NCAA Division 1
We work closely with many of our partners around the world to offer unique S&C placement opportunities. These can be short-term training or volunteer experiences at S&C/Sports Performance departments, or full internships and study abroad exchanges.
Our flagship volunteer placement program connects university degree students and recent graduates with NCAA Division 1 Sports Performance/S&C departments.
Now into our 5th year of operation, we partner with prestigious universities in the USA to provide volunteer opportunities for overseas students and graduates. These are some of the top sports performance environments in the world, with incredible facilities and some of the best coaches and athletes. This will give you a unique insight into the collegiate sports performance environment and an opportunity for you to assist in their charitable mission.
An opportunity like this is also a unique experience to have on your CV. Our colleagues and partners have told us how this can make someone stand out during the interview process.
About Volunteer Placements
IUSCA Volunteer experiences are unique within the world of sports performance and S&C. These provide the opportunity to volunteer at leading NCAA Division 1 institutions alongside their elite level coaches and athletes, in world-class facilities.
NCAA DIVISION 1 UNIVERSITIES
6-12 WEEKS DURATION
EXCITING LOCATIONS such as New York,
California, Colorado, Florida, and many more
HANDS ON EXPERIENCE
FUNDED OPTIONS AVAILABLE
I really became a better coach, and it was an incredible learning experience. I learnt more in 7 weeks than I have in 4 years of higher education!
Matt, Placement at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
I appreciate the IUSCA for allowing me to go out and complete this volunteer experience at a young age, giving me a big head start when I go back to my degree.
Dhani, Volunteer Placement at the University of Washington
Sam Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
University of South Wales
to the University of Colorado, Boulder
Sam Thomas, a master's in Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning student from the University of South Wales recently undertook an IUSCA placement at the University of Colorado, Boulder. You can read more about Sam's journey in our Feature Placement article by clicking the link below.
This has provided an excellent springboard to the students, who have been lucky enough to benefit from these opportunities, providing them with invaluable skills for future roles in the industry.
Jason Lake, Course Leader in BSc S&C at the University of Chichester
How to Apply
Selection for our USA Volunteer Placements is highly competitive. Working within an elite NCAA D1 environment requires an excellent work ethic along with foundational knowledge of S&C and coaching principles.
We generally recruit directly through our university network in the UK; initially advertising to the appropriate cohorts of students. Our shortlisting procedure involves:
The submission of a CV and Cover Letter
Recommendation from University Tutor
Video Interview with IUSCA Panel
There my also be a further round of shortlisting involving an interview with the NCAA Host Department.
If you are a current students, please look out for these opportunities being advertised by your course tutor.
If you are a recent graduate, or you are unsure if your university is currently involved with this scheme, please get in touch with us directly.
Recent Placement Partners Include
We are able to provide both unpaid and paid internships with our partners around the globe.
Internships offer an excellent way to 'work' within a high performance environment, gaining education and experience, while also opening up possibilities for future employment.
This really helped develop my confidence and coaching skills. You don't get a lot of practical experience like this at university, but this taught me so much.
Bea, placement at Quinnipiac University
The internship was great, it pushed me outside my comfort zone and I learned so much about the field and myself.
India, Volunteer Placement at the University of Pittsburgh
We can facilitate formal study abroad/exchange programs for universities interested in offering credit bearing opportunities for their students.
We have a vast network of university partners in the UK/Europe, USA, and Australia, which enables us to coordinate student exchange programs.
If you are a university interested in how to embed a semester/year abroad for your students, please contact us now.
The IUSCA are 2 for 2! Last year Dan crushed the placement, and this year Sam did the same thing! Great program you are running!
Steve Englehart, Director of Sports Performance at the University of Colorado
Placements can be funded in a variety of ways. Typically this can be through the support of university 'Go Global' grants or similar, individual contributions, or crowd-funding activities.
This year will also see the launch of the Turing Scheme in the UK. This will enable partial funding for many placements that are eligible under:
A university led application (we can provide support for this)
To find out more about the Turing Scheme, please click here, or contact your university to discuss your eligibility.