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Job listing closed on 19 May 2024
2 May 2024

2024 Educational Internship (Performance)

🇮🇹 None, Italy
0+ years exp.

JOB TITLE: 2024 Educational Internship (Performance)

DEPARTMENT: Performance

REPORTS TO: Performance Coach

TYPE: Internship; eligible for academic credit.

DURATION: July/August start date through December/Season End

Deadline to Apply: May 17, 2024; Interviews will begin in late May and early June


Seattle Sounders FC is a progressive high performing collection of people who strive to achieve the highest levels of our sport while making a transformative impact in our communities in the best soccer city in America. Our culture is focused on serving one of the most passionate sports fan bases in North America who are invested in the Sounders as much for our commitment to making a positive impact in our communities as they are for winning the 2019 MLS Cup and 2022 CONCACAF Champions League on home soil. We exist to create special moments like these, where we enrich lives and unify our fans and city through soccer.


Seattle Sounders FC performance team is offering an educational internship starting in July/August through end of the 2024 season. This internship offers unique experiences to strengthen learning and engage skillsets within Performance Training. Students will gain invaluable experience in a professional sports setting and an understanding of program design.

Eligible candidates must have at a minimum a Bachelor’s degree and certification from NSCA-CSCS, CSCCa, and/or USAW. Ideally students are able to commit for approximately 650 hours and start and end dates will be determined with each intern.


  • Support and Collaboration: Play a crucial role in supporting the performance, science, and nutrition sectors within the Seattle Sounders FC, aiding all teams within the club.
  • Training Assistance: Assist in the setup and execution of all First and Second team training sessions, including GPS tracking, warm-up routines, and on-field conditioning.
  • Session Preparation: Help prepare and conduct First and Second team mobility, lifting, and activation sessions.
  • Data Analysis: Support the collection and analysis of GPS, monitoring, and performance testing data.
  • Work Environment: Contribute to a dynamic, ambitious, and enjoyable work atmosphere.
  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of weight room and field equipment.
  • Maintain cleanliness and order of the weight room and its equipment.
  • Support during lifting and field sessions through supervision and demonstration.
  • Participate in Performance Science Innovation and Initiatives.
  • Contribute to the design, development, and delivery of curriculum projects as determined by the Performance Staff.


  • Bachelor's degree and certification from NSCA-CSCS, CSCCa, and/or USAW.
  • CPR/AED certification is mandatory.
  • This is an unpaid internship. Must be able to receive academic credit towards a credited program.
  • Affiliation agreement must be executed between University and Seattle Sounders prior to start.
  • Exceptional communication skills to deliver programs effectively and interact professionally with colleagues, players, and coaches.
  • A keen interest in soccer or sports in general.
  • An enthusiastic and proactive approach to tasks.
  • Excellent organization abilities, with a knack for managing workloads, prioritizing tasks, and adhering to deadlines efficiently.
  • Must have a keen eye and attention for detail.
  • Proficiency in computer use and quick to learn new software and processes.


  • This position will work from Sounders FC Headquarters & Training Facility in Renton WA and attending meetings and matches as needed.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Must be able to facilitate own local travel.
  • Must reside within Washington state upon date of hire.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship.
  • Must adhere to the MLS Next Safety and Well-Being policy and any other relevant child safety policies.
  • Capable of prolonged periods of standing and lifting up to 65 lbs. Travel for business purposes and availability for weekend and holiday schedules are required.