NSCA Foundation Assistantship

Are you a young professional looking to broaden your knowledge and career horizons by working with a professional strength and conditioning coach? Apply for the NSCA Foundation Assistantship!

The NSCA offers up to five assistantships each year to qualified candidates. Candidates who are awarded an assistantship will have an opportunity to work closely with, and be mentored by, an experienced strength and conditioning coach who has earned the NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach  (RSCC)  distinction.

Items reviewed by the NSCA Foundation Coaching Advancement & Assistantship Committee include:

  • Grades/GPA
  • Courses Completed
  • Overall Academic Achievement
  • Strength and Conditioning Experience
  • NSCA Involvement
  • Honors and Awards
  • Community Involvement
  • 2 Essays that are based on clarity, expression, goals, lucidity, grammar, and articulateness 
  • Recommendations 

Each recipient will be awarded a $10,000 stipend over a 5-month period for completing 40 hours a week. 


The purpose of the Assistantship Program is to link qualified CSCS-certified strength and conditioning specialists with experienced coaches to help develop the next generation of strength and conditioning professionals. This is an excellent opportunity for a college graduate to gain practical, applied experience in strength and conditioning while learning from a highly skilled and educated mentor. Additionally, the Assistantship program is an exceptional vehicle for the established strength and conditioning professional to access qualified apprentices.

We are often asked by Coaches, "How do I get my name on the list to have an Assistantship Recipient at my facility?" Within the application, applicants are provided a link to the NSCA's RSCC webpage where they identify their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice RSCC Coach they would like to work with. It is up to the applicant to decide where they want to be placed, and whom with. We do not place the applicant, the applicant tells us where they want to go. Unfortunately, there is no list to put your facility on to. If you are an RSCC, then you are already on the list that is provided for the applicants to select from. If you have any further questions, please email us at Foundation@nsca.com. 

"The assistantship can be a huge advantage for a young strength and conditioning coach as it can open doors and introduce them to not only their direct mentors but others that they can learn from. If you have an opportunity to apply for this program, you absolutely should."-Trevor Klump, Former Assistantship Recipient

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Qualifications & Important Dates

Candidates chosen to be part of this program should demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and show a focus in the field of strength and conditioning. The following criteria will be considered when awarding assistantships:

  • Candidates must have completed a graduate or undergraduate strength and conditioning curriculum from an accredited college or university 
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens 
  • Candidates have graduated from their undergraduate or graduate degree within the past 5 years. 
  • Candidates should be involved in the strength and conditioning field. Work and/or volunteer experience as an assistant strength and conditioning coach will be considered
  • Applicants must possess current certification as a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and have CPR certification
  • Applicants must be current members of the NSCA
  • Applications must be completed via the application portal (no paper copies or emails will be accepted)

Round 1: Application

  • Applications reviewed/graded by Coaching Advancement & Assistantship Committee Members               
  • Applications who fall below the median grade will not move forward on to Round 2
  • Applications must be fully completed and submitted for consideration 
    • Application questions/requirements include: Membership Number, CSCS Number, Resume, CPR Certificate, Transcripts, three RSCC Preferences (applicants will select their United States-based RSCC preferences from the NSCA's RSCC registry *International positions are not available at this time) 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation, Education History, Employment History, Athletic Experience, Public Speaking/Authorships and completion of 2 essays. 

Round 2: Video Submission 

  • Applicants will submit a 3-minute video of them coaching a variation of an Olympic Lift and a 3-minute video of them coaching a back squat
  • Videos will be reviewed/graded by Coaching Advancement & Assistantship Committee Members. Areas of review will be: organization (provide a clear         objective, teaching sequence and time), presence (body language and setting) and Communication (voice, terminology, coaching communication style and execution)
  • Applications who fall below the median video scoring will not move forward on to Round 3 

Round 3: Interview 

  • The final applicants remaining will be scheduled for a 30-minute phone interview.

 Round 4: Final Decisions 

  • The Coaching Advancement & Assistantship Committee Members will determine the final awardees based on applicant interviews.                         

Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the NSCA twice a year. 

Cycle 1
Applications accepted March 2-October 1 (through 12pm MTN) annually
Placement for Assistantship: January-May 

Cycle 2
Applications accepted October 2-March 1 (through 12pm MTN) annually
Placement for Assistantship: August-December 

The NSCA Assistantship program is not designed to serve as a ‘double dipping’ financial opportunity. Applicants may not:

  • Be already currently employed with their RSCC requests
  • Receive additional compensation from the company/organization/academic institution on top of the NSCA Assistantship stipend ($2,000 a month/$10,000 total)
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