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Numerous Tech student-athletes using summer
to gain experience for future professions

The Office of Student-Athlete Development helped to
facilitate opportunities for certain internships

By Jimmy Robertson

For a slideshow on where some of Tech's student-athletes are doing internships this summer and what they're doing, please click here.

BLACKSBURG – Student-athletes use their summers to do any number of things, including working, taking classes, or working out in hopes of becoming a better athlete.

But the truly wise ones use the time to gain experience toward their future careers because, as most know and the NCAA slogan states, student-athletes often go pro in something other than sports.

Numerous Virginia Tech student-athletes are taking advantage of the summer months by working internships, including a small collection who are working in the athletics department as part of the Hokie L.E.A.D. Internship Program. This program, established by the department's Office of Student-Athlete Development, began in 2015 and provides unpaid opportunities to select Tech student-athletes with an interest in pursuing a future career in intercollegiate athletics.

The "L.E.A.D." acronym stands for learn, experience, achieve, and develop. The 10-week program provides more than just experience. It provides networking and mentoring opportunities, thus making Tech's student-athletes more marketable for future positions in college athletics. ... Read More

2015 Student-Athlete Career Jumpstart

The Office of Student-Athlete Development will host the 2015 Student-Athlete Career Jumpstart on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in the Lane Stadium West Side 4th Floor President’s Suite and North Club Room. This two-part event is open exclusively to junior and senior Virginia Tech student-athletes and is composed of a career fair and etiquette dinner.

The Student-Athlete Career Fair is aimed at helping student-athletes prepare for career fairs and interviews by connecting them with professionals on the local and national level who can assist in their professional development.

The Networking Etiquette Dinner provides an opportunity for students to interact with employers while also learning proper dining and conversation etiquette in a professional setting. It also provides an opportunity for employers to connect with Virginia Tech student-athletes and potential future employees.

The following organizations will be in attendance:

  • Kohl's
  • PepsiCo
  • Federated Insurance
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Maxim Healthcare Services
  • United States Marine Corps

  • TEK Systems
  • Southern Teachers Agency
  • Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
  • AIM Group
  • Peace Corps
  • PLS Logistics