Professional Athlete Training

Jeremy Gabriele
Emphasis Area
Fashion Studies

Jeremy Gabriele supported his former hockey mentor in his new professional sports training business.

How did you get your internship and why did you choose this opportunity?

I got this internship through a connection that I made three years ago. I had previously trained with my mentor, Justin, when he worked at another gym. Justin eventually started his own company, opening Built Better in Scottsdale. When Justin posted on his Instagram he was looking for an intern, I immediately messaged him that I was interested. He was excited about my interest and immediately offered me the position to work for him.

I chose this internship because I had a great relationship with the owner and knew that I was going to enjoy working with Justin and be a part of a healthy working environment. I also knew that the clients Justin had are world class athletes, and it would be an honor and amazing experience to work with them. I was certain that I would be of great help to the company during my time there. In addition, I have always been a person who likes to be active and healthy. I am at a point in my life where I struggle to find the motivation to be healthy. I felt that taking this internship would put me in a setting where the people around me would motivate me to start living a healthier and more productive lifestyle.

What was your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part of this internship was working with world class athletes such as Budda Baker, Myles Jack and Hollywood Brown. Each day I knew that I was coming into the gym to work with these outstanding professional athletes. It was amazing to see the work they put in each day and how they carry themselves as professionals. Being able to speak with them and observe gave me a lot of motivation to better myself. I got to see firsthand the dedication and focus it takes to be at the top of any profession. This relates to Justin, my supervisor as well, as he puts 100% effort and detail into every aspect of his business.

What did you find challenging about your internship?

The most challenging part of this internship was waking up at 5:30 am everyday to go into work. There were some days where my alarm would go off and I did not want to wake up. However, this was not an option because I knew I had to show up to work. This taught me that in a professional environment, showing up is non-negotiable, even if you do not want to go. This taught me time management and forced me to develop a schedule so I was well rested and ready for work each day.

What was the most significant contribution you made? 

The biggest contribution I made was simply being present and available every minute of each day I was working for Built Better. Whether it was being an extra hand for help or training a client, my ability to help and make the operation run smoothly was most needed. Anytime Justin needed me, I was available and ready to help, which allowed for him to do his job and run his business more efficiently.

How has your internship experience influenced your plans for your future?

This internship made me realize that I really enjoy a job where I can be active. Built Better allowed me to communicate with clients and stay on my feet throughout the day. Working in the gym is a fun and enjoyable experience as I did not find myself getting bored throughout the day. I was not sitting and doing nothing for most of my time working. I enjoyed being able to move around and put my energy to use throughout the day.

What advice do you have for other students as they begin their internship?

My number one advice would be to go into every conversation with an open mind and a positive attitude. There is always a chance that you can make a connection with the person you least expect. I made three connections with clients over the course of three weeks of full-time work that I would never have predicted. Treat everyone with the same respect and professionalism and the window for opportunity can open up at any moment.