As senior year and the prospect of graduation rolls around, it is the goal of all college students to gain that one internship that will make them stand out among the crowd of graduates looking for jobs. The internship will bring with it recognition of one’s dedication to the field and a move to the top of the applications stacked on a potential employer’s desk.
How does an internship with a major athletic team sound? That’s just the kind of opportunity two seniors at Anderson University had this past summer. Laura Baden and Carlie Clark were the lucky women given the opportunity to pursue an internship that most college students only dream of. [Photo on left: Laura Baden practices wrapping a fellow trainer's foot in the Athletic Training room at Anderson University. Baden is an athletic trainer for the AU football team.]
Baden worked with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. "Only my dream job...no big deal," she said. Although Baden loved the opportunity to work with a professional women’s team, her list of duties far outweighed her expectations. "I did so much,” she said. "I would be there from 8 or 9 in the morning until about 2 a.m. on game days. Before practice I would do some taping or stretching and get everything ready to take to the practice facility. After games I was there all night doing laundry for both teams."
Clark agreed that her internship with the Columbus Destroyers, an arena football team, entailed a lot of duties, but she still thought this was a wise choice for an internship. After all, she wants to eventually be the athletic trainer for a professional athletic team.
"I gave treatment, wound care, taped, and did some rehabilitation exercises with the athletes. I went to every practice and every game," she said.
Although the ladies worked with different teams in different sports, both women said it was great experience. They did, however, differ in one area: the option to go back and look for a job with the teams after graduation. "It was a great internship, but was way more time than I expected," Baden said. "Being an athletic trainer for a professional team is way too much pressure and way too much responsibility."
Clark, however, came to a different conclusion. "I loved working with professional athletes and getting to do everything," she said.
All in all, both women said that this summer was not only a great learning experience, but one of the best summers they have had. Both hope to pursue graduate school. Anticipating a May 2010 graduation, their dreams of athletic training careers are in the near future.
— Missi Martin is a junior from Elkhart, Ind., majoring in communication arts. Martin is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of Anderson University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.