COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Athletics department is hosting its InTERPship Academy this summer led by Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics & Student Development Dr. Sue Sherburne. The program, in its second year, focuses its mission on educating, developing and serving student-athletes through career and professional development opportunities.
“We strive to provide the best life skills and career development programs to serve our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. “We had great success in our inaugural year with the InTERPship program, and we appreciate the support from campus, community and government agencies who have partnered with us this summer. The InTERPship Academy provides our student athletes an invaluable experience to continue to learn and grow in a professional working environment.”
Student-athletes are participating in this summer's edition of the academy, which began on May 31 and is set to conclude on July 22. They will complete internships with several different Intercollegiate Athletics departments, the NCAA, Howard County schools and local financial institutions. The goal is for student athletes to gain paid professional experience and prepare for future career opportunities while continuing their athletic training.
“The goal is to assist in preparing Maryland student-athletes with sound personal and leadership skills that provide a foundation for confidence through transition, persistence in everyday challenges, and preparation for life after sport,” said Sherburne. “The Four Foundational Pillars that we use to guide this program are Leadership Potential, Career Aptitude, Personal Enhancement and Financial Literacy.”
The InTERPship program, which works in conjunction with Maryland’s Brand U initiative, is to develop graduates who serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities. Student-athletes of each class year are given a focus, ranging from personal development to eventual career development and transition into life after college sports.
“I'm excited to pursue my master’s degree in Real Estate Development,” said Jefferson Ashiru, a graduate student who was a former member of the football program. “This internship will allow me to learn different skillsets and also provide a strong stepping stone for my overall career development.”
"The InTERPship program is going to provide me invaluable experience in a professional working environment,” said Kristina Hovsepyan, a junior on the women's tennis team. “I am excited to learn important skills that will be applicable for achieving work place success."