My responsibilities during the internship consisted of working with various forms of technology, assisting coaching on the floor, running warmups and cooldowns, creating and defending various programs, setup and teardown of the weight room, and cleaning the weight room.
My greatest accomplishment during this internship was gaining the confidence to make a program for a team and defend it. Another great accomplishment was learning how to work with technology and have the confidence to set up athletes on the various forms of technology and understand the value of the numerical outputs. Clemson athletics is respected, competitive, and has some of the top S&C coaches within college athletics. Submerging myself within this internship experience helped me grow as an up and coming S&C coach. I am able to leave this internship taking valuable knowledge from each individual coach and becoming more comfortable with wearable technology and data analytics.
One of the greatest lessons that I have learned from my internship experience this summer was the importance of having a presence on the floor while coaching. I was challenged to have a meaningful presence among the athletes. This is something that I am still continuing to work on, however, I was given various opportunities to improve and practice.
What advice would you give?
The advice that I would have for future students is to build connections and network with your coworkers and experts in the field. The more genuine connections you make with people within strength and conditioning, the more opportunities you will have for your career in the future. I would also say to go into your internships with an open mind and try to learn the most out of every experience.