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Fitness facility directors: SFA is seeking to expand the internship program and would like to hear from interested directors of quality older adult fitness programs. SFA will be pleased to help facilities develop an internship program that will provide maximum benefit for both the program director and for the intern. SFA is initiating this internship program as a service to SFA educated fitness professionals and does not charge the program director or the participant a fee.



Washington Golf & CC Fitness Center*


Senior Fitness Internship Program

Announcing an exciting opportunity to get "hands-on" older adult fitness experience and to earn SFA approved continuing education credits all at no charge!

Jerry Hart, M.S., SFA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator and Fitness Director for Country Club Fitness, Inc., at the prestigious Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, VA, will be accepting applications to take part in a 30 to 50 hour senior fitness intern program. Mr. Hart holds numerous fitness credentials (including three SFA certifications) and has over 20 years' experience in the fitness field with a special focus on mature populations. He will lead participants through a structured training program that will include all aspects of successful fitness center supervision and operation. As an intern you will learn to conduct orientations, evaluations, testing, personal training and more. Plus you will receive a special understanding of the lucrative country club fitness environment.

The Program

The intent of SFA and of Country Club Fitness (CCF) is to have the participant put real effort into her/his program and produce an actual project or presentation or conduct supervised personal training and group exercise classes. Past experience has shown that trainers who go through a program with some rigor gain a greater depth of knowledge and self confidence. 

Mr. Hart also notes that an "obvious and terrific benefit" to CCF is the potential employment of outstanding interns at CCF clubs.

The Basics

Interns will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and competence in all tasks assigned and to discharge all duties as assigned by the fitness director or staff.

Program Responsibilities

  • Fitness center supervision

  • Conduct fitness center orientations, fitness evaluations and testing

  • Personal training

  • Paperwork – attendance and appointment tracking

  • Self-directed project or research

  • Facility cleaning and maintenance

  • Bulletin board presentations on topics of interest to seniors

Special Projects

  • Conduct a self-directed project, case study or research on a senior fitness/wellness issue. 

  • Conduct a member incentive motivational program. Lead a group exercise class for seniors or present a wellness presentation to club members.

With the participants' permission, SFA will feature appropriate projects, programs and photographs in print or on our website.

Time Frame

To help accommodate participant scheduling, Mr. Hart has agreed to offer this special service on an ongoing basis and in several time frames: 

  • One to three month sessions are available for Washington DC area residents.

  • An intensive one week session is being offered for out of town participants. Out of area participants are also welcome to attend the longer sessions if desired. 

Upon Successful Completion

In addition to invaluable "on the job" experience, upon recommendation of the program director, SFA will award interns a special certificate of achievement and 2.0 (20 hours) continuing education credit. Please note that 2.0 (20 hours) CECs is the maximum credit SFA allows any continuing education program during one SFA certification renewal period.

Internship Candidates  

Candidates must be enrolled in or have completed an SFA professional certification program. If your are interested in learning more or applying for internship, please call SFA at 800-243-1478 or e-mail us at sfa@www.seniorfitness.net.

Note: This ongoing pilot program is currently only available in the Washington DC area, but plans are in the works to expand it to other Country Club Fitness facilities and to appropriate fitness centers nationwide.

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