Troy Tech’s Tyler and Zach Crum Join Athletics as Interns
HIU is proud to once again have partnered with the Troy Tech Magnet program by having two students intern at the University during the summer. Tyler and Zach Crum, seniors at Troy High School in Fullerton, CA, spent the first part of the summer learning about the mechanics of a collegiate athletics department by interning under Hope’s Athletic Director, John Turek.
“I have been introduced to a lot of technological aspects of the job that I would never have guessed were so instrumental to a functioning athletic program,” said Tyler.
For six weeks the brothers assisted the Athletics Department in everything from creating composite grid recruiting sheets and working with game contracts to setting up for summer league basketball. They were both excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Royals family for the summer and to learn from Hope’s coaches and staff. In fact, they were part of the reason the brothers chose to intern at HIU.
“I had known Mr. Turek back when he was the AD at Troy,” Tyler said, “and I was eager for the opportunity to learn more about my potential career field under the guidance of a former Warrior.”
Hope’s familiarity with the Troy and the internship program was also a draw. Last year HIU’s Advancement department hosted Margaret Pugh, who is now studying Civil Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as their intern. Zach, who was originally going to intern in the CSUF Athletic Department, decided instead to join his brother at HIU.
The Tech Program requires a 150 hour unpaid internship in the student’s field of choice. The internship provides students with professional work experience and helps them determine whether or not they want to further pursue that career field. Troy’s internship program also helps to distinguish its students from other college applicants. Internship sites range from Raytheon and the American Cancer Society to foreign companies overseas. At the end of students’ senior year, the Program culminates at the Troy Tech Fair where they showcase what they have learned and accomplished.
The brothers are interested in Sports Management as a career field and took the opportunity to learn about the business of athletics at HIU. They were exposed to the amount of work and dedication that it takes to have a successful program as well as the importance of maintaining good connections with professionals in collegiate athletics.“Tyler and Zach were a wonderful addition to our Athletics staff this summer,” Turek said. “They are both very sharp young men. They took on a variety of tasks and completed all of them in excellent fashion. We will certainly miss them and their fine workmanship and attention to detail.”