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Jake Feldpausch

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Premier Athlete Training
Company/Organization website:
Destination: Ames Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
Day to day office management duties. Including scheduling, programming, and training of employees. Maintaining communication with staff and clients. Assisting with development and research. Coaching and coordinating events.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment for myself was stepping into a leadership role in general. I was very nervous before the internship of how to be a manager. By the end of my internship, I felt comfortable leading meetings and training our staff. I also felt comfortable coordinating events and planning projects for the gym. I am really grateful to Ben for allowing me the opportunity to step into a leadership role for my internship. I feel it has helped me take the next step to being able to run a gym of my own someday.

I learned...
I think the greatest lesson I learned was time management and organization. In order to manage a gym I had to make sure I was getting all of my tasks done on time. This allowed us to function properly. Especially in scheduling and programming. It also helped getting the various projects I was given done quickly and efficiently. In a management role, if I was late getting something done, it also affected the employees of the business. Once our employees were affected, so were our clients. This meant it was very important for me to ensure my work was done on time. This is something I struggled with as student, but was able to learn the value of during my internship.

Advice for others...
My advice is to choose an internship that makes you step out of your comfort zone. I was comfortable with the coaching aspect of an internship. This was something I had done for a few years. That is why I based my internship around managing a gym. This was something I had little experience doing and I was uncomfortable being in that role. I gained a lot of valuable experiences and lessons from putting myself in uncomfortable situations. Doing things that make you uncomfortable allow you to grow as an individual and a professional by giving you experiences that you would not of had otherwise. I think it is important for young professionals such as ourselves to try new things and challenge our selves so we can improve our skill set going forward.

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