Internship Provides Great Opportunity to Grow

Loras College students are known for their hard work and dedication. For some, it is precisely these character traits that net them an internship. One such student is Jocelyn “JP” Awe (’16) who was a strength and conditioning coach intern at the University of Minnesota this past spring.

Through this internship, JP benefited from training all 17 University of Minnesota Division I teams, including Olympic-level athletes and studying under different strength coaches. JP’s dedication and desire to learn in his internship went above and beyond simply the assigned work he was given. He worked to connect with people and build relationships, learning how to motivate players to continue working hard. He also volunteered to work with different coaches and teams in order to get a complete experience. JP stated that his internship “really pushed me forward and I’ve grown a lot from it… becoming more well-rounded.” JP completed 980 hours at the University of Minnesota and is now back at Loras. He competed in his final season with the Duhawk football team last fall and is completing his coursework in advance of graduating in May.

Because JP’s internship was unpaid and away from campus, it was an opportunity that came with added cost. To help relieve the financial burden, the Loras College Dr. Scholl Internship Away program awarded JP a scholarship to make his internship possible. Without the financial assistance provided by the Dr. Scholl Internship Away Scholarship and the recently funded 2015-2018 Great Lakes Career Ready Internship program, hands-on learning like JP received might not be possible for many students.

The Gateway Internship Fund is being established to help more students take advantage of internships. To make a donation, contact Josh Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563.588. 7329, or email him at joshua.boots@loras.edu.