It was the winter of my junior year when it all changed. Well, when I say it all changed, I mean my outlook on my future career as an athletic trainer. This change occurred when I was able to participate in the Work-Based Learning course. This course taught me the basis of becoming an adult. [I learned] responsibility, work ethics, and if I wrote down everything I have had the opportunity to learn more about, it would take at least five full pages.
My name is Makayla Esplin. I completed a CTE Internship at Intermountain Sports Medicine in the field of athletic training. I’m pursuing a career in sports medicine and this internship helped me realize what that career path entails. Some days it’s bustling with athletes and other days it’s a ghost town. Football season is the most meticulous and laborious, while in stark comparison basketball is the slowest.
This internship gave me the opportunity to develop skills in the field such as wrapping and taping detriments, filing paperwork, diagnosing injuries, and so much more. I play rugby and lacrosse so needless to say I get hurt quite frequently. This internship has given me the knowledge of how to avoid getting injured while I’m playing.
I feel fortunate to have been able to see athletic training in action, have hands-on experience in the field, meet and develop relationships with Travis Jackson and other athletes. As I head to college, I will be able to look back at this opportunity and it will help motivate me to graduate with my degree.
Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.
Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.