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Internship Program

Country Day's Athletics Internship Program provides current college and graduate students and recent graduates with the opportunity to obtain professional experience in their chosen field. The internships are designed to augment formal classroom instruction, experiment with theory and concepts, utilize practical applications, and begin the development of professional competency. Program participants are drawn mainly from local and regional colleges and universities.

I started out coaching middle school baseball at Country Day and really enjoyed my time there, so when I was finishing up my master's in Athletic Administration and trying to gain experience in my field, this athletic department was the perfect place to start. This internship gave me valuable insight into how a successful athletics department works. I have a lot of great memories working there, and have taken my experiences from Country Day wherever I go.

—Ross Adams, Sport Management Intern 2017–18

Internship Opportunities

Sport Management

The Sport Management Internship Program provides hands-on experience for two to four interns each year in the areas of event management, facilities management, and sports information. Interns also take on projects that match their areas of interest and expertise, and some are assigned coaching duties as well. Semester-long internships run either August-December or January-June to coincide with the typical academic calendar. Post-graduate interns often remain in the program for the entire year.

Strength & Conditioning/Graduate Assistantships

The Strength and Conditioning Internship and Assistantship Program is designed for students in the field of exercise and sports science who are pursuing or have recently completed their CSCS certification. Participants assist with coaching of student-athletes, facilities and equipment maintenance, and organization of training records. Interns work in four-month stints that coincide with and individual sports season or summer training season. Graduate assistantships are offered only in the summer.

Sports Medicine

Country Day is a designated clinical site for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) Athletic Training Education program. UNCC students assist with day-to-day program duties as they fulfill the requirements necessary for state licensure programs. Our athletic trainers serve as approved clinical instructors.

Program Participants

Current

Nick Dillener, Sport Management
Winthrop University ’18

Alexis Hall, Sport Management
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ’17

Ben Weeks, Sport Management
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ’13
University of Georgia ’18

Dylan Caspar, Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant
Queens University ’17
Concordia University of St. Paul (current)

Madalyn Davis, Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant
Appalachian State University ’16
Appalachian State University (current)

Megan Kauffman, Strength & Conditioning Intern
Winthrop University ’19

Taylor Smith, Strength & Conditioning Intern
Winthrop University ’19

Past (Where Are They Now?)

2017–18
Ross Adams
(Sport Management), Operations Intern, Campbell University Athletics

2016–17

  • Dylan Caspar (Strength & Conditioning): Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Queens University of Charlotte; master’s degree candidate, Concordia University of St. Paul
  • Mary Kirkman (Sport Management): Master’s degree candidate, Wingate University; Recreation Assistant, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation
  • Ken McNish (Sport Management): Teacher, coach, and athletics communications assistant, Charlotte Country Day School
  • Shelby Osiecki (Sport Management): Tournament Administrator at Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour
  • Tongelah Parkins (Sport Management): Doctoral degree candidate
  • Alex Penner (Strength & Conditioning): Sports Performance Intern at Athletic Lab
  • Anthony Rizzo (Sport Management): Ticketing Assistant, UNC-Charlotte Athletics

2015–16

  • Garrett Feimster (Strength & Conditoning): Teacher and Assistant Football Coach at Central Cabarrus High School
  • Mike Nuckles (Sport Management): Assistant Director of Athletics, Charlotte Country Day School
  • Ian Rumsey (Strength & Conditioning): Performance Specialist at EXOS
  • Lesley Sommerfield (Strength & Conditioning): PhD candidate at Auckland University of Technology; Athletic Development Coach at Sacred Heart Girls' College

2014–15
Brittany Krivicich (Strength & Conditioning): Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Ithaca College

As a recent graduate in Sport Administration, this internship was the perfect opportunity for me to test my knowledge and expand my experience and understanding of school-based athletics. In addition to this position being my most worthwhile and valuable work experience, I was able to work with some of the best people I know. I am honored to call myself a Buccaneer!

—Emery Blackwelder, Sport Management Intern 2017–18

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Questions?

For questions about internship opportunities, please contact Abe Wehmiller, director of athletics: (704) 943-4627 | E-mail