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Strength Training Internship

At Discover Strength we know that you want to be job ready after college. In order to do that, you need an internship program that connects your academic education to hands on experience. The problem is most internship programs subscribe to a watch and learn model which makes you feel unprepared. We believe your internship  ought to challenge conventional wisdom and stay true to the research.  We understand that the fitness industry is filled with trainers who don’t have the requisite knowledge around exercise or physiology, which is why we only hire 4 year college graduates with kinesiology or exercise science degrees.

Here is how to apply
1. Send your cover letter and resume to Kevin at
2. Kevin will be in contact with for a short informational interview
3. Join the internship.So, email Kevin Lewis today!

And in the meantime, check out one of our 5 twin cities locations. So you can stop feeling nervous when college ends and instead feel prepared for the future.

The goal of the Discover Strength Winter Intensive Internship Program (WIIP) is to provide undergraduate students in kinesiology a learning experience that revolves around studying, implementing, and teaching the evidence-based tenets of resistance exercise. The program balances an intensive study, discussion, and presentation of relevant peer-reviewed research with a focus on hands-on implementation skills. 

Interested students should be a major in kinesiology or a related field and should currently in their junior or senior academic year of an undergraduate Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts program. Students should have an interest in resistance training and all of its applications including, but not limited to: Cardio-metabolic disease prevention, athletic performance, body composition improvements, healthy aging, and special populations. The interested student is preparing for a career in any variety of exercise and fitness professions. 

The WIIP is held every winter (there is a summer session as well) and begins the first week of January and extends through the end of January. 
2020 Dates: Week of Jan 2nd – Week of Jan 30th. Mandatory Group Meeting dates include (Group Meetings take place at 7:00pm):
  • Thursday, January 2nd (Minneapolis)
  • Thursday, January 9th (Plymouth)
  • Thursday January 16th (Chanhassen)
  • Thursday, January 23th (Woodbury)
  • Thursday, January 30th (Bloomington)

The WIIP meets at four Twin Cities Discover Strength Locations: Plymouth, downtown Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Woodbury, and our corporate office in Bloomington. Students will balance their time at all locations.

Internship Faculty:
The WIIP is directed by Kevin Lewis, BS, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. A team of Discover Strength practitioners with undergraduate and graduate degrees in kinesiology and exercise physiology, certifications from the ACSM, NSCA, NASM, and ACE, and a variety of professional experiences, form the WIIP faculty.

To Apply: 
Submit a cover letter and Resume to Kevin Lewis at
Please note: Applications will be accepted through Dec. 23rd but applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space will fill up quickly (max of 20 students). 
Additional Questions? Contact Kevin Lewis at