Nashville, Tenn. – In the summer, students find internships to harbor professional experience relating to their major and to fulfill course requirements.
Tennessee State University rising senior Ashley Albea landed an internship with the Tennessee Titans assisting their sports medicine staff.
Albea was selected from a large number of applicants to aid athletic trainers during the Titans' training camp. The Tennessee Titans offer limited internships and work closely with four-year accredited colleges in Tennessee. In order to qualify for an internship, an applicant must meet requirements to be considered.
Her duties include assisting in the daily operations while aiding in player rehabilitation and setting up the field for practices. In addition, she will tape and stretch players before workouts and monitor their water intake to prevent dehydration.
Albea is currently pursuing a bachelors in human performance and sports sciences with a concentration in athletic training and will graduate in May 2010. While receiving credit towards her course work, she believes the experience will help her in pursuit of a professional career.
"The opportunity to work for an NFL team is such a potential door opener for not only the NFL but other professional sports," said Albea. "I am just blessed to have a chance to work with an NFL team. I have hopes of one day heading the athletic training department of a professional team and I can say it all started with this internship."
Albea is no stranger to sports medicine, before the internship, she served as a student trainer with TSU Sports Medicine since the fall of 2005. She has worked with the Tigers' football, basketball and women's track and field programs.
"During that time she has been one of my best and consistant student workers. Ashley is always eager to learn all about the athletic training profession and has worked to obtain the skills needed," commented TSU head athletic trainer Monroe Abram. "When the Titans approached me about potential students for the internship, Ashley was at the top of my list of recommendations. I’m confident, she is poised and has all the tools needed to take on this challenge. I sure the things she will learn in this internship will be useful for her when she returns to us."
After graduation, Albea plans to attend an entry-level athletic training graduate program in pursuit of a Master's degree in sports medicine and will be able to test for certification in athletic training.
Her internship concludes on August 29th after traveling with the team to Cleveland, Ohio for the Titans' preseason match-up against the Browns.