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 third 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 prepare our student-athletes for life after graduation,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. “This program has been a great success in its first two years, 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 30 and is set to conclude on July 21. They will complete internships with several different Intercollegiate Athletics departments, ZimmerBiomet, Soccer Shots, 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 provide Maryland student-athletes with an opportunity to enhance their professional skill sets and gain paid internship experience in their field of interest,” said Sherburne. “The InTERPship Academy curriculum is designed to promote career aptitude, leadership development, personal enhancement and mentorship, and to support our student-athletes as they prepare for their transition into life after sport.”
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 am very excited to be part of this year's InTERPship Academy,” said field hockey's Madison Maguire, who is working with the Life Skills Development unit. “I look forward to developing important work force skills while also learning the ins and outs of an athletic department. I have had the opportunity to meet people and network during my freshman year, but it will be great to see the staff in a different way and for them to see me as more than a student-athlete. I think the opportunities provided to us as student-athletes are awesome and I am so glad I was selected to participate."
"I'm happy to be a part of the Internship Academy because it is another opportunity for me to grow and become a more well-rounded person,” said Ryan Brand of football, who is working with the Business Office. “I'm looking to gain insight on the business office and how the field of business in athletics operates. Along with that, the applicable work experience for a field that I may have interest in is what I appreciate the most because I'm getting a head start on my career and building myself to be a better candidate for the future."