Drew Szydlo

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science
Company/Organization: Iowa State University Olympic Sports Athletic Department
Company/Organization website: https://cyclones.com/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring 2024
Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu


My responsibilities during the internship included helping assist and monitor team training sessions, setting up and tearing down the weight room before and after training sessions, teaching proper techniques for exercises to the athletes, and building personal connections with the coaching staff and athletes that you work with every day.


My greatest accomplishment during the internship was in our final presentation. We had to create an entire annual plan for a specific sports team, and completing this was definitely my biggest accomplishment.

Learning experience

The biggest lesson that I learned throughout the internship was how to coach athletes and manage a team. Additionally, I learned the importance of investing in yourself and always trying to learn more in order to make you the best you possibly can be in your specific career field.

What advice would you give?

A piece of advice that I have for future students in my major is that it is important always to want to learn more and never to stop learning. You will never reach a point where you know everything, and there is always more you can learn and do in order to put yourself in a better position for your future.

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