Intern at Core Advantage

Running a world class internship is a vital part of our formula for success; our graduates have gone on to work across a range of elite environments.
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

About the Internship

Every year head coach and founder Durham McInnis along with head of education Jacob Tober 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.

The internship kicks off with a two 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. From there you will work through a progressive 18 week online theory and practical course to provide a deeper understanding of key training practices.

In addition to the online content, interns are required to attend a minimum of two coaching shifts (4 hours each) per week. At these shifts you will assist the coaches with coaching athletes, setup, pack-up and a tiny amount of admin as required. During one of these shifts you will be given an opportunity to train as a Core Advantage athlete, developing your speed, strength and power.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Core Advantage Mentorship

— Ben Walker S&C coach Western Bulldogs AFLW

Hear from our Alumni

Intern Alumni

Our interns have gone on to work in elite sport across the world
Michelle

Michelle

Michelle interned at Core Advantage in the second ever cohort back in 2013.

She worked with us for sometime before taking on roles with the Collingwood Football Club (AFL) and Melbourne University Women's Football Club (VWFL).

Michelle also completed her Osteopathy degree in 2016.

Andrea

Andrea

Coming all the way from Italy Andrea joined Core Advantage for the semester one 2016 internship.

Now back in Italy, Andrea is working as a High-Performance Coach at Ironfit and is serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach to the U16 Italian National basketball team.

Maddi

Maddi

Maddi had a few false starts with her internship experience showing up to her first interview in a halo neck brace!

Maddi finally undertook her internship in semester one 2016 and worked part-time as a coach for 12 months while undertaking her masters of physio at La Trobe Uni.

Maddi now works as a Pilates instructor when she isn't competing in water ski racing at a national level.

Marnie

Marnie

Marnie undertook her internship in Feb 2017 under different circumstances than usual. A mum, teacher and business owner Marnie still found a way to fit in the Core Advantage internship.

Marnie wears many hats, including: Owner & Head Trainer at Redback Fitness, Secondary Teacher (Psychology, PE/Health) at Greensborough College and Greensborough College's Athletic Development Program Coordinator & Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Pat

Pat

Pat interned at Core Advantage for over 10 months from Feb 2015-Oct 2015 before going on to intern with Carlton FC in 2016.

Pat is now a Sports Scientist and PhD Candidate with the GWS Giants in the AFL.

Maddie

Maddie

Back in 2016, Maddie took her first proper WNBL off-season, passing up on the SEABL season to give her body a chance to rest and get strong.

During that time she also underwent her 6 month Core Advantage internship as part of her exercise and sports science degree with Deakin University.

Maddie currently plays for the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL and the Australian 3x3 team

Liv

Liv

Liv joined our internship program in 2017 looking to gain more practical skills to complement her PhD work at Deakin University.

Liv has gone on to become the HPM at the Western Bulldogs AFLW womens team and is continuing work on her PhD into the effects of sleep deprivation on performance

Bree

Bree

Bree interned at Core Advantage in semester one 2017 after spending some time as an athlete with us during her junior playing career.

Bree is the Founder & Head Coach/Exercise Scientist or her own company The HIIT Project and an Exercise Scientist at Kieser Training

Internship Applications

There are two intakes per year; February and 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 carefully before applying.
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