Ole Miss Internship

Strength and Conditioning Internship 

Receiving acceptance for my internship at Ole Miss, aka the University of Mississippi, was a dream come true, especially after watching the movie The Blind Side several times. Michael Oher’s story is rare and unique. 

I completed my internship there from May 2015-August 2015.

It was a Saturday night, and I was exhausted from a long week at Hofstra. I was at home watching The Blind Side. As I watched the movie, I thought, “I should contact Ole Miss about coaching there."

After I had that thought, I searched the Internet to get the contact information for every coach in the strength and conditioning department. After emailing everyone, I had my Skype interview one week later.

When I received my acceptance, I was in tears because it was a dream come true. 

While at Ole Miss, I provided dynamic warmups for women's basketball and I was coaching baseball, volleyball, women's soccer, track and field, and cheerleading.

I completed 473 hours for the Ole Miss athletics department, averaging 43 hours per week. 

For any cover letters you send to jobs, here are a few suggestions:

  • Who are you?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • How can you be an asset to the program?
  • Summary of your biography.
  • Thank you

For any phone interviews, here are a few suggestions:

  • Have general questions
  • Send a follow-up email
  • Take notes

For any in-person interviews you have in the future, here are a few suggestions:

  • Dress to impress
  • Remember names
  • Be yourself
  • Follow up

The following are lessons and specific methods that I learned as a strength and conditioning coach during my internship with the Ole Miss athletics program. 

  • What separates you from everyone? Education, certifications, experience, and connections.
  • If you are looking to become a strength and conditioning coach, you can use the following websites: Footballscoop.com and strengthperformance.com
  • Having a "why" will make you a better coach.
  • Working hard is a skill.
  • Four standard suggestions for muscle recovery: mobility, rest, sleep, and nutrition. 
  • Be careful what you post on social media.
  • It may not be what you know, but who you know.
  • Are you willing to sacrifice for what you believe?

 

 


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