Sports Medicine Internship Application Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 5, 2014
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to care for physically active individuals. The UC Davis staff ATs are responsible for prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries sustained by all of the Aggie intercollegiate student-athletes. In the clinical and onfield settings skills executed include taping, bracing, soft tissue manipulation, equipment fitting, first-aid, emergency care, and injury rehabilitation aimed at return to play. ATs work with pyhsicians, surgeons, strength and condition coaches, nutritionists, physical therapists, and sports psychologists to provide comprehensive care for student-athletes, and act as a resource for coaches and family members.

The University of California, Davis is fortunate to have an athletic training internship program that runs through the academic calendar and involves approximately 30 students each year. The objective for the athletic training intern is to cultivate an expanded knowledge base and learn hands-on skills that may be applied in any allied health profession, while increasing a greater understanding for the field of sports medicine. The ideal internship candidate is one who is intrinsically motivated, has a mature demeanor and professional appearance, and has a willingness to work hard. The nature of this position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to work nights and weekends.

Attached is an observation hours log sheet and a two-page confidentiality agreement. Each applicant will be required to complete 15 hours of observation in the UC Davis athletic training facilities under the supervision of the AT staff, and read then sign the confidentiality agreement prior to the application deadline. During observation hours you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the staff and students, and see the day-to-day operations (taping, rehab, etc.) in the athletic training room. Each applicant should attempt to observe in all facilities and observe an athletic event.

Application process:
  1. A letter of intent.Include your full name, phone number, email address, major, and anticipated graduation date clearly at the top of the page. A letter of intent must be submitted in person or by mail to Pavilion Athletic Training Room before observation hours may begin. The letter of intent should introduce to the hiring committee who you are, why you are interested in this internship, and how this internship fits into your academic or career goals. Due ASAP, but no later than February 26, 2014 to Pavilion Athletic Training Room.
  2. Signed confidentiality statement. Must be turned in before observation hours can begin.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from former supervisors or employers highlighting your character, work ethic, ability to cooperate with others, and your strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Minimum 15 hours of observation in the athletic training facilities. Due by March 5, 2014.
  5. Observation hours reflection essay. Share with the selection committee what you learned about the internship program through your hours of observation. Include any comments, thoughts, or insights you may have gained through your experience. After seeing the day to day activity in the athletic training room explain why you would be a successful addition to the student athletic training intern group. Due by March 5, 2014.
Pavilion Athletic Training Room
180 Pavilion, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616
phone 530.752.7515 fax 530.754.4371

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