TOPS Athletics is an educational organization offering hands-on learning experiences for those interested in pursuing a career in fitness and health. We work in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine & UNCW’s Exercise Science Department. We are an Academic Partner Host Facility for NASM’s Associate Personal Trainer Program, & we also host interns from UNCW’s Exercise Science Dept. Jeff Smith, MS, CSCS, Owner/GM of TOPS, is on faculty at UNCW in the Exercise Science Department teaching PED 101: Foundations of TRX Suspension Training, EXS 349: Physiology of Exercise & Sport, EXS 470: Exercise Prescription & Assessment and EXS 292: Sports Management. Our Wellness Director, Ryan Gillespie, MS, FMSC also teaches EXS 355: Measurement & Evaluation of Human Physical Performance. We provide future fitness professionals with observational opportunities and hands-on practical learning experiences. This gives us the opportunity to impact the future of the field of health & fitness professionals, which aligns with our mission to change the landscape of how professional health & fitness services are delivered. We are dedicated to helping the future encompass an appreciation and understanding that fitness can offer to individual’s lives. We want our educational organization to portray and exemplify these goals to overall benefit the life and health of our clients and the community abroad.

If you are interested in an internship with TOPS Athletics, Synergy ONE, or any of our partners in the Complex, please email your resume with a cover letter to