June 1, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2919, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Grad Student Working at IMG Performance Institute
CANYON, Texas—Kailynn Dolph, a graduate student in sports and exercise sciences at West Texas A&M University, will work with some of the country’s best coaches and trainers as an intern at the prestigious IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla.
IMG is a nationally acclaimed institute specializing in innovative sports performance training and mental conditioning of athletes from the beginner to the professional. The 400-acre facility offers year round programs from youth camps to adult programs in sports ranging from tennis and golf to lacrosse and football.
Dolph’s yearlong internship will be through IMG’s athletic training program beginning June 1 through May 31, 2013. The internship will offer her firsthand experience as a certified athletic trainer working with a team of coaches on sports-related injuries. She will work with the Institute’s summer camp program and later on with students attending the IMG’s boarding school to train for a specific sport.
The graduate student was looking for an internship that would give her the best in hands-on experience. WTAMU’s former assistant soccer coach Nicole DeJong had been at IMG and that prompted Dolph to fill out the required forms and submit her résumé and references for an internship position. She was excited to land a coveted spot at IMG, and the internship offers Dolph pay with benefits and weekends off, which is something rare for the former WTAMU graduate assistant for girl’s soccer and track and field.
“An internship at a facility with such a high reputation is an exciting opportunity for Kailynn,” Lorna Strong, head of the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences, said. “It will open doors as she graduates from WTAMU to start the next phase of her career.”
Dolph earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University. She is currently working on a master’s degree in sports management at WTAMU and will graduate in August after completing her capstone project. She has state and national credentials as an athletic trainer.