Student Case Study: Exeter Chiefs

Name of Student:  Daniel Johnstone

Degree Subject:  Exercise and sport sciences with professional placement year

Job Title: Strength and Conditioning Intern

Company Name:  Exeter Chiefs

Type of Internship:  Graduate Business Partnership (GBP)

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?

Supplementation management
GPS monitoring
Gym and exercise assistance
Setting up equipment for rugby training and beach sessions

What was your biggest achievement on your internship?

Working in an Elite sport team, preparing them for in season!

Were there any challenges and how did you overcome these?

Yes there was, but taking time to relax and think before rushing into anything. Think logically and using initiative is what I’ve learnt.

Skills Learnt: 

  • Persuasion
  • Enterprise
  • Focus on Goals and Outcomes

Attributes Developed:

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?

An incredible experience at Exeter Chiefs, exploring the world of elite rugby and the processes which help build and construct the spirit behind the mighty Exe men, both physically and mentally. A world of great preseason trips to the marine base of Lympstone where the lads and myself were pushed to our limits. Some trips which enhance team bonding were incredible to be apart of and goes to show why these are so important in elite rugby and other team sports. I have learnt many different approaches to gym work and loading related processes which help sport clubs tick to enhance recovery but also aid the brute force needed in prime condition for match fit purposes. Also it was great expanding my network and building great relationships the staff, and some world class athletes. I was offered an extension and will be remaining in the internship until end of season, then returning to university as 3rd year undergrad.