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Mason Finn

Major: Athletic Training/Pre-Athletic Training



Year: Sophomore
Hometown/State: Slater, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Dallas Cowboys
Company/Organization website: http://www.dallascowboys.com
Title: Athletic Training Student Intern
Destination: Oxnard, CA and Frisco, TX

Advisor/Coordinator Email: vmiller@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Served as an intern during rookie mini camp, organized team activities, and training camp. Duties included prepping athletes (taping, treating) prior to practices and pre-season games, provided first aid and wound care, implementing tape jobs, carrying out rehabilitation techniques using modalities, aiding in post and pre practice treatment, and knowledge of field set up and clean up.

I learned...
Networking is huge in today's world, and it's great to get that connection with people who've been working in the NFL for 20+ years

I will never forget...
Being able to communicate with athletes, coaches, and certified trainers respectfully. This organization values our profession and treats everyone with respect, whether you're an intern or a certified trainer. This organization has the utmost respect for everyone who works for them.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to get your name out there. Networking is huge and you can never hurt yourself for applying yourself to any or job.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned about it from a former student who graduated from the athletic training program at Iowa State.

I wanted this experience because...
Any NFL experience is great to put on a resume. It just adds so much that it's my favorite sport to watch, and so far it's also my favorite place to work from a clinical perspective.

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