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Western Research Academy of Sport (WRAS) Strength and Conditioning Internship Program

WRAS A joint initiative between the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health (SESSH) and the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) offers SESSH students the opportunity of placement in the WRAS S&C Internship Program.  The WRAS S&C Internship Program aims to provide students with scientific knowledge and programming expertise that enables athletes to train systematically and safely to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury.  Under the guidance of supervision of SESSH staff and industry professionals, interns provide strength and conditioning programs and education seminars for WRAS squad athletes and coaches.

The program includes approximately 100-200 hours of professional placement during which interns develop advanced planning and coaching of physical skills such as lifting, stretching and conditioning techniques, athlete monitoring, and recovery interventions.

Applications open August each year, with successful applicants completing placement from approximately October to April.  Students will be notified when expressions of interest and applications are due via the courses Interact site.  Students seeking to use the internship towards EHR320 placement hours need to state this information in their application.

WRAS S&C Interns - Described Below

2018 S&C Interns back row:  Kate Matthews, Saskia Schwarz, Josh Stapley, Bree Baart, Alex Carney; front row:  Dr Melissa Skein (SESSH), Nicole Jones, Professor Andrew Vann (Vice-Chancellor and President)

If you would like more information about the WRAS Internship Program, please contact the SESSH representative to WRAS or the WRAS Executive Officer.

SESSH Representative to WRAS

WRAS Executive Officer

WRAS website:

Dr Melissa Skein

Ms Candice Boggs



Telephone: 02 6338 4430

Telephone: 02 6338 4821

Testimonials from students previously involved in the Internship Program:

Studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at CSU in Bathurst gave me the unique opportunity to become a strength and conditioning intern at the Western Region Academy of Sport. The internship program allowed me to work with pre-elite junior athletes, parents and experienced coaches, which developed my knowledge, gave me invaluable practical experience and opened doors within the strength and conditioning community.  (Amy Dewar, 2017)

The WRAS internship has given me an incredible chance to apply the knowledge and skills I've learnt from Exercise Science.  Working with pre-elite athletes has been a great experience and provided me with fantastic opportunities to pursue. I would highly recommend applying and getting involved.  (Alexander Carney, 2017)