Kyle Kleppinger, an Anderson University senior athletic training major, will be adding professional exposure to his athletic training experience by interning with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts this summer.
Kleppinger will work with world-renowned athletes, such as Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, as one of eight interns hired by the Colts. Kleppinger underwent a long waiting process after his application in September, but it paid off in full later in the year.
“It was a long waiting game, but two days after Christmas, I got a call, and was offered the position at the end of the conversation,” said Kleppinger.
During his internship, Kleppinger will do organizational work such as preparing equipment and getting water for the players, but will also have the chance to do some hands-on work with the players themselves.
“I want to take it as a future outlook,” said Kleppinger. “I know it’s going to be a totally different atmosphere than what I’ve worked, so I want to use it to see what it takes to succeed at the next step. It’s a huge résumé builder.”
Working with a team that he has grown up cheering for is an opportunity that Kleppinger expresses extreme thankfulness for. He credits Dr. Steve Risinger, professor of kinesiology and head athletic trainer, for helping prepare him to land this internship.
“He has great connections, and I’m really thankful for what he has done for all of us in the program,” said Kleppinger.
Risinger, who has professional experience with the Chicago Bears, is not worried about how Kleppinger will fare in the professional world.
“Kyle has steadily increased his knowledge and skills in athletic training since he began the program,” said Risinger. “This opportunity will allow him to further his skills at the next level with professional football and network with other sports medicine professionals. I have no doubt that Kyle will perform at an extremely high level and represent AU well.”
Kleppinger is not the first AU student to intern with the Colts. Last summer, Ben Mishler and Justin Hersberger, both senior athletic training majors, completed the same internship. Mishler has also been instrumental in Kleppinger’s success.
“Ben gave me information, such as when to apply, and he helped me quite a bit with my résumé,” said Kleppinger.
Mishler has been through the rigors of the intern position and, after working with Kleppinger for three years, sees no reason why he would not succeed.
“I think he will do really well,” said Mishler. “He has a great work ethic, which is something you have to have. He’s smart and he finds things that need to be done and he just gets the job done. He will be a great fit.”
Kleppinger is confident going into the position because of the program he is a part of at AU.
“Ben and Justin told me they came in and felt very prepared,” said Kleppinger. “So I feel really prepared and I feel like the athletic training faculty here has prepared me really well. I’ve had such a great experience at AU, and I know the education here will help me a lot.”
— Zach Wadley is a senior from Bourbonnais, Ill., majoring in communication arts and minoring in public relations. Wadley is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.