Organization: Marietta Rehab
What made you choose your current major?
I came in as undeclared my
freshman year and had no idea what major or career field I wanted to enter
into, but I did have aspirations of swimming for Berry all four years.
Unfortunately, a hip injury prevented me from doing that; however with
this injury came a daily trip to Berry's athletic training room. I was
overwhelmed by the care I received from not only our certified trainers, but
the student workers as well, and when the day came for me to retire from my
swimming career, I decided athletic training was what I wanted to do for the
rest of my life and declaring a major in Exercise Science came swiftly after
How did you find your internship?
My internship supervisor, Dr.
Weeks, is a close friend of my Dad. Using my network, I was able to gain an
Why did you want to
do an internship?
I have had going on three
years of experience working as a student worker in Berry's Sports Medicine
Department, so I wanted an internship that wouldn't be so focusing around the
basics of an athletic trainer. I wanted to gain as much experience as I could
with sports that I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with at Berry. I
also decided that gaining some in-depth experience in physical therapy would be
just as beneficial for the future and the two clinics I spent my time at had
numerous athletes (both amateur and professional) which made my time
there that much more valuable.
What did you do and what did you accomplish (above and beyond
the basic job description) during this internship?
I worked in four different
venues throughout my internship. The first was with Old White Atlanta
Rugby where I worked with the highest contact sport I have ever experienced
with some injuries I rarely, if ever, see. I worked with Atlanta Knights
Hockey where I experienced what it's like to work with children, as well as
higher level athletes. At both Marietta Pain & Rehab and Atlanta
Sports Medicine I was a part of the rehabilitation for the public as well as
high end athletes that are apart of organizations such as UFC, MLB, and WNBA.
What I accomplished can only be retold through my various experiences.
What has been the
most valuable or favorite part of your experience?
My favorite part of this
internship was the opportunity given by Dr. Weeks to work in so many
different environments. I gained experience in areas that some can
only dream of and I feel that it will put me ahead of the crowd in the future.
What was the most
challenging aspect of your experience?
Working with rugby was extremely
challenging. The injuries are numerous and range anywhere from a broken
nose to a completely dislocated shoulder. Working with children was also
somewhat challenging because they don't always know how to explain their pain
advice would you give other students related to finding an internship or how to
make the best use of the internship?
would say for future students, start looking for internships ahead of
time. It took me an entire semester just
to find the perfect internship and I don't think I could have been any happier
with my experiences. The happier you are
and the more interested you are in your internship, the more beneficial your
time will be and in turn you'll learn a lot more.
Were you asked to come back or offered a position?
The Atlanta Knights offered me a
position working with their Junior Elite & Empire teams this season under
the supervision of Dr. Weeks.