Student-Athletes Gain Valuable Summer Experiences

          Release: 09/27/2011
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - With the school year being so busy with classes, practice and competition the summer months are the best time for student-athletes to have jobs and internships. Several members of the cross country and track & field teams utilized that time to gain experience in areas they are interested in going into professionally.

Caring for Animals

Sophomore Christa Horrocks brought her love of animals to work at Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort in Malvern, Pa. The state-of-the-art $6 million facility cares for pets while their owners are on vacations.

"A lot of the dogs felt like your family because you were with them so much," Horrocks said.

Horrocks did everything from making the dogs breakfast according to specific guidelines to caring and playing with the animals. She worked long days as she was there from about 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Horrocks, who wants to be a veterinarian logged hours towards her studies and had a meaningful and fun experience.

"I really like to help animals," she said. "They are so innocent and it's therapeutic for me to be around them and I love it."

Helping People Travel the Globe 

Senior Emily Smith stayed in Charleston, S.C. for nearly the entire summer, working for Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., the hotel that manages among others, Charleston Place.

The company does a lot of business with finding people hotels overseas, which Smith worked on primarily. Some of the countries she was involved with were Mexico, Peru and parts of Europe.

Smith, a hospitality and tourism management major found this experience through her studies and worked with people that had a genuine interest in helping students gain work experience.

"I learned a lot this past summer," Smith said. "I really liked the people I worked with and they taught me a lot about what they do, which I'm very interested in doing in the future."

Electrical Engineering 101

Freshman Mackenzie Johnston worked for Vetronix Research Corporation this past summer, an electrical engineering company.

He tested computer chips, with different equipment, that is used in tanks and other stuff for military defense. Some of the days he would see what the engineers did and learned about the schematics and how they make the chips.

"I feel like I learned a lot about the equipment used," he said. "I had to test to make sure the computer chips could withstand high heat and also low temperatures. I learned a lot about the electrical manufacturing part too like soldering and building the chip board."

Other Summer Experiences

Callen Powers worked at an outreach center and helped with a summer reading program.

Laura Call worked in the Exercise Biochemistry laboratory at the Citadel assisting in collecting data for the effect of a custom-fitted mouthpiece.

Kristen Wolfe interned with the special events coordinator for the Charleston Riverdogs. During one of the games she helped with a silent auction that raised $30,000 for MUSC.