HPSSC & USOPC Internship Program

Beginning winter 2024 the Human Performance & Sport Science Center and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) have created this internship opportunity as a commitment to foster talent through experiential learning with para athletes.

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The Mission

To provide a transformative internship experience that equips emerging talent with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to thrive in their career. Through meaningful collaborations and hands-on opportunities, we aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Project Overview

HPSSC is serving as a U-M partner and pipeline to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), students from U-M Kinesiology have the opportunity to apply to a paid internship that offers impactful projects within their and the USOPC ecosystem.

The program is planned and carried out by dedicated faculty and staff within HPSSC and USOPC, all of whom are deeply invested in providing an unsurpassed intern experience.

Stipend terms

HPSSC will support the financial cost of the on-site visit travel expenses (e.g. airfare, per diem, and lodging) and directed research up to a $3,000 for the assistantship. These items will be stipulated per the internship contract.

Criteria to qualify for internship

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  • Kinesiology masters student – preferably Movement Science
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Interest in low-profile sensors
  • Interest in adaptive and para sport
  • Maintain student confidentiality; read and understand Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Able to travel to Colorado Springs, CO for overview visit with USOPC staff
  • Able to enroll for fall 2024 independent study
  • Should have experience writing code (e.g. MATLAB, Python, etc.)


*All applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to be considered.



Our vision is to nurture the next generation of talent, fostering innovation, diversity, and collaboration through building a robust talent pipeline. We aspire to create an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages personal growth, professional development, and a lifelong commitment to learning.



Submit application materials to HPSSC for review by Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

March – Early April

HPSSC and USOPC will review applications, conduct interviews and select a candidate

May – July

2-day site visit to USOPC in Colorado Springs, CO. Exact dates to be determined. 

September 2024

Begin the research project as described

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Apply Today!

Following acceptance by an application process, interns will participate in a site visit to the USOPC  Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (CSOPTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado to meet with onsite project leads and further discuss the research goals in May or June 2024.

Interns will enroll in a 3-unit independent study course for fall 2024 to conduct research as specified in the project description in adaptive sports based upon USOPC information from their U-M and USOPC Parasport faculty leads/research mentors.