The Core Advantage internship offers the most highly structured development pathway in Australia, with a strong emphasis on the practical application of both cutting edge sports science and innovative strength and conditioning practices. 


Every year head coach and founder Durham McInnis along with senior coaches Jacob Tober, James Cheers, and Tennille Nash lead interns through more than 30,000 hours worth of practical knowledge distilled into a fast paced six month curriculum. Learning is highly interactive, with a mix of theoretical and practical components. In exchange for this valuable knowledge and intensive mentoring, interns will assist Core Advantage in training our athletes, including the  Deakin Melbourne Boomers WNBL team as well as a host of elite athletes across a range of sports. This practical grounding will give you valuable real world skills to further your strength and conditioning, athletic development, or rehabilitation career.

We believe that offering the best internship possible is a vital part of our formula for success; all our coaches are graduates of this program.

The internship kicks off with a three day intensive induction phase, designed to accelerate your coaching capability, getting you gym-floor ready and providing a deep understanding of the Core Advantage principles and practices. For the following 6 months, we meet fortnightly on Monday afternoon for a practical three hour workshops covering all facets of strength and conditioning, athletic development and rehabilitation.

In addition to the workshops, interns are required to attend a minimum of one coaching shift (4 hours) per week. At these shifts you will assist the coaches with coaching athletes, setup, pack-up and a tiny amount of admin as required. You will learn a great deal on the gym floor that will further reinforce the workshops and be coached to maximise your skill-set every step of the way.

In 1999 my career catapulted when I took an internship under a great mentor. I strongly believe in paying that forward by offering our knowledge and time in the same way.
— Durham McInnis

There are two intakes per year; early February and mid July, with each group running for six months.

Applications are highly competitive. As we deliver this program for free, we only take 6-10 of the top candidates for each semester. Please read the requirements below carefully.

Application requirements 

Although students studying sports science and physiotherapy are preferred, we recognise that excellence can come from many backgrounds. Each applicant will be assessed on their merits.

You must be able to commit to the following:

  • A two day (Fri/Sat) intensive at the commencement of the semester (Feb/July)
  • Fortnightly Monday workshops (1-4pm)
  • A minimum of one 4-hour shift every week (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs 4-8pm, Sat 9am-1pm or 10am-2pm)

Please supply your application IN A SINGLE PDF with your name as the file name and title.

It should include:

  • A short cover letter introducing yourself
  • A sharp, honest resume including two or more referees who can be contacted

Please note applicants unable to fulfil the above criteria will not be granted an interview.

Given the physical nature of the placement, interns should have a base level of strength and fitness. This video explains why:


Semester one 2018 is closed. Applications for semesters two 2018 are now open. 

Applications for Semester one 2018 closed midnight September 30th 2017. We are now taking applications for semester two 2018. 


Successful applicants will need to supply proof of the following before commencing the program:

  • Insurance cover. This can be Personal Trainer, Exercise Scientist or University based cover.
    - Applicants with a completed degree in exercise science (or equivalent) can register with Fitness Australia (Personal Trainers) and ESSA (Exercise Scientists)Once registered you can purchase insurance from Guild Insurance. 
    - Those without a completed degree can purchase insurance from Guild as a student member of ESSA.
    - University insurance (typically given when completing a practical unit of study) is also acceptable. 

  • Victorian working with children check.