Athletic Training Internships

The Loras Athletic Training Program is committed to providing our students with a quality education.  Students are exposed to a variety of athletic training settings during their time at Loras.  As part of their education, we encourage them to broaden their resumes and grow with a variety of experiences.

Anne Grabowski ('10) and Adam Burke ('09) both experienced outstanding internships with professional athletic teams.  Each internship was, in part, set up by networking with past and current Loras athletic training staff members.

Listed below are interviews with Anne Grabowski ('10) and Adam Burke ('09) after completing their internships.

Anne Grabowski ('10)
Hometown: Crestwood, IL
Degree: BA degree in Athletic Training
Currently: Senior athletic training student

Talk about your experience with the Major League Soccer team, Chicago Fire:
I had a summer internship (2009) with the Chicago Fire MLS Team.  I was the only athletic training intern for the summer, and it was provided through AthletiCo.  (A Chicagoland rehabilitation, fitness, and performance clinic).

I was there for practices and home games.  Home games were the best part of the experience because I got to be on the field with the players for warm-ups, the game and all the fans saw me on the field.  Not to mention, I was on TV a few times.  Another great aspect was getting to know the players.  Aside from their fame, they really are regular people.  I formed great friendships not only with the team, but also with the coaches and athletic training staff.

How did the athletic training program prepare you for your internship?
The clinical experience we get through the AT program gives us a chance to experience many types of injuries and the evaluations that coincide with them.  This experience gives us the confidence to go out into the real world and be comfortable with our skills.

What would you say to a student interested in majoring in athletic training at Loras College?
The AT major is the only major where you practice what you learn every day.  You get hands-on experience every day and all that hard work really does pay off.

How is Loras preparing you for your future?
They provide me the education and clinical experience to give me confidence for the real world.

Years from now, what will you tell your children about your college experience?
College was a lot of hard work, but the experiences I had were unforgettable.

Adam Burke ('09)
Hometown: Charlotte, IA
Degree: BA in Athletic Training

What are you doing now?
I am working on earning my Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of Northern Iowa. I work as a Graduate Assistant for the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Association and as a Physician’s extender in an orthopedic clinic on the UNI campus.

Talk about your experience with the NFL team, St. Louis Rams:
This last summer (2009) I worked as an Intern Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis Rams. I worked closely with the Rams medical staff and players, providing treatment, taping, and first aid during training camp practices. I also got the chance to be on the sidelines for a preseason game at the Edward-Jones Dome (Rams’ stadium).

I learned what it takes to be an Athletic Trainer in a professional sports setting and how much of a business professional sport teams are. This was a great time for me to gain experience in the professional sports setting, something not everyone has the opportunity to do.

How did the athletic training program prepare you for your internship?
The Loras Athletic Training program prepared me by providing the skills I needed to fulfill my job with the Rams. The skills I learned gave me the confidence to perform my duties in an athletic training setting I had never experienced.

What would you say to a student interested in majoring in athletic training at Loras College?
I would tell them that this is a good program that will prepare you for a career in multiple health careers after college. The staff is very good to work with and will push you to reach your potential. I loved my time in the program and would want someone else to get the same great experience.

How did Loras prepare you for your future?
Loras College prepared me for my future by teaching me important life skills both outside and inside my career of choice. Loras provided me with many opportunities that taught me how to effectively communicate, ethically express myself, and develop as an individual. Loras also taught me the skills and tools I need to have a successful career in athletic training.

Years from now what will you tell your children about your college experience? 
I will share with my children how much I enjoyed my college 
experience and how the relationships I developed with classmates, friends, and staff members created an unforgettable experience. I will also tell them how important it will be for them to enjoy their short time in college because these were some of the best years of my life and they will most likely only experience the college life once.
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