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?
Excellent answers. Since you live in Holland, contacting the US embassy and applying for the appropriate work visa is definitely the first step.
You may also want to contact organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and NASM to see if they have any networking for placing interns once you have a work visa.
Thank you very much all for the info so far. I don’t have a specific region in mind, as long as I can learn a lot from professionals, thats most important for me. I am currently residing in Holland so I will def contact the embassy for terms & regulations. I hope its manageble. i would really like to go to the States as it is sports country number 1. All further help would be great!
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!
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,
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.