I am a dutch citizen and will graduate soon for my NASM Personal Trainer. Because I want to learn more from experienced practiotioners I am looking for an intership in the States. Particulary there. I wonder if somebody knows where I can start looking? Or maybe even somebody knows somebody I could contact?
Are you located in the States at the moment? If not, you will need to find out from the INS what the guidelines are for non-US citizens to come here and do some work. If you do live in the Sates, I would recommend for you to contact your school and ask them to help you find places/employers who hire interns. Julie raised a good question regarding your preferences. A safe bet would be to contact a local YMCA and see if they have opening for an internship position (the Y usually does). Sometimes your school could have internship opportunities, which you might be able to take an advantage. Your other option is to Google fitness internships for the area of the country you wish to go to.
I hope this helps. Best luck to you!
I gather that you currently reside in the Netherlands; therefore, whatever you want to do here has to be on a special visa. I would contact the American embassy and find out about regulations. The rules pertaining to working in the United States can be rather complicated, and the last thing you want to do is breaking any of those rules, even unknowingly. I know this from personal experience: I used to work here initially on a special work permit and then eventually became a citizen after I had married.
As others have said, you certainly want to educate yourself on the rules and regulations of entering the country, your VISA, work permits, etc.
As for sources, indeed.com, monster.com, and yahoo.com are all prominent job websites in the U.S. with hundreds of openings for internships and jobs. The YMCA and national chains will often have spots available. Using different search terms like fitness, exercise, strength and conditioning, etc. can turn up hundreds through search engines. As you narrow down your choice of location, you will dig up more and more.
I will say, there are several great coaches in the UK and Eastern Europe as well.
Best of Luck,
Great suggestions from the other responses. Especially with regards to making sure you’re up to date on the current regulations/restrictions for entering/interning/working in the US.
In the meantime, where in the US would you like to have your internship take place? Do you have a general region in mind?
Hope to hear back from you soon!