The Virginia Strength and Conditioning staff takes great pride in providing year-round strength and conditioning programs to all of its student-athletes.

The purpose of the Strength and Conditioning unit is to provide a comprehensive, sport-specific training program for all student-athletes. Each program focuses on many different components: strength, energy systems development, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, and power at the appropriate times in the yearly training cycle.

In order for the University of Virginia to compete at a championship level annually, the staff works steadfastly to develop programs that integrate both the nutrition and sports medicine staffs. This cohesive relationship between the staffs ensures that student-athletes have every opportunity to maximize their performance potential.

Training Methodologies

All strength and conditioning programs encompass multiple sets, ground-based, multi-joint, free weight exercises. Student-athletes who train in this manner have the best opportunity to develop the components of athleticism.

Nutrition Services
The sports nutrition program works closely with the strength coaches, athletics trainers, food service, coaches and the student-athletes to create an environment of “Education not Deprivation”. Helping student-athletes make the proper choices of foods for good health and optimal performance is the primary goal of Cavalier Sports Nutrition.

Sports Nutrition Website


Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be certified or actively pursuing certification from CSCCa, NSCA and/or USAW.  Those pursuing an internship for class credit will be accommodated.  We can schedule hours around academic and or income commitments as needed.

Admission Requirements: Students wanting to become a strength and conditioning volunteer must meet the following requirements:
• Junior status or higher
• In 200 words or less discuss why you have an interest in the field of Strength & Conditioning and how volunteering with our program will factor into your career endeavors.
• Exercise Science, Physical Education, Health Major or related field of study
• Ability to lift 50 pounds or more

Compensation: Valuable experience working with Division-I athletes.

How to Apply: Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, and three References in a comprehensive PDF File to:

Strength and Conditioning Internship Coordinator
Mel Willison
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Mailing Address:
University of Virginia
290 Massie Road
McCue Center
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Application Deadlines
For Fall Semester – July 31st deadline
For Spring Semester – December 20th deadline