Athletic Trainers

Complete Online Application HERE

February 22, 2020

Dear Athletic Trainer or Sports Medicine Staff Student Intern:

The Athletic Trainer Internship Program at The Volleyball Festival provides an excellent opportunity for student and certified athletic trainers to get hands-on experience in the field of athletic training. With over 500 teams from throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and other countries, the tournament provides a multitude of educational experiences. A staff of approximately 25 student and 20 athletic trainers are supervised by an outstanding group of 5 senior staff athletic trainers. You will have opportunities to learn from these professionals and their wide range of experience in the field of athletic training. Additionally, we have a fantastic group of on-site physicians who provide medical care to the athletes as well as education to our staff. Please note that priority hiring is given first to returning members of previous Volleyball Festival staff and to those who are available for the entire tournament with no scheduling conflicts.

The Volleyball Festival competition is held June 25 thru June 28, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ at the Phoenix Convention Center with practices on June 23-24 and an Athlete Welcome Party on Wednesday June 24. Please plan to arrive June 22, 2020. Below is the full schedule.


Monday, June 22

  • All sports medicine staff staying in hotels arrive. Check in is usually available no later than 3:00 PM

Tuesday, June 23

  • Set up 9am – 12:00 pm of AT Facilities (All SM Staff not working Practice)
  • Practice coverage in PM (by selection)
  • Mandatory Sports Medicine Staff Meeting 12:00 - 4:00pm (All Staff required)
  • Educational seminar TBD Evening (optional/CEU)

Wednesday, June 24

  • Orientation to Building, Facilities & Operations for Sports Medicine Staff (9:00 AM - Noon)
  • Practice coverage in AM (by selection)
  • Mandatory Welcome Party 6 - 8:30pm (All Sports Medicine Staff Members Work)

Thursday, June 25 - Saturday June 27

  • Tournament competition 8am - 11pm or end of play
  • Work a shift from: 6:30am - 6pm OR 11 am - 11pm (approximately) depends on end of play

Sunday, June 28

  • Competition 8am - 6pm approximately
  • Finals Noon - 6pm
  • Work 6am - 11am or 11am - 6pm or cover specific championship games and packing up our supplies and facilities etc.

Monday, Monday June 29

  • All staff should schedule to depart on Monday Morning
  • Hotels are only covered thru Monday Morning Check out is usually 11:00 AM at the hotel.

We prefer Student Interns be enrolled in a CAATE Accredited Program and be current in Health Care Provider CPR during the time of the Festival and be First Aid Certified as well.

There are a limited number of positions available for Athletic Trainers and those individuals will be expected to provide mentoring and supervision to the student interns.

Student interns are paid a stipend of $600.00 dollars for the tournament and Athletic Trainers are paid $20/hour in their first year as a Festival AT.  Second year Festival ATs are paid $21/hour. After that, pay is $23/hour with a maximum of 40 scheduled hours. Scheduled hours could be less depending on daily play and tournament end times.  Over 40 hours has to be approved by a Festival AT Senior Staff supervisor.  Meal stipends are provided for all student interns while working. One meal stipend is provided for AT’s during their shift.   If needed, Housing is provided at no cost with the following understanding:

  • Students are placed in double, triple or quad occupancy as space and rooms dictate
  • Students may request specific roommates and we will try to accommodate, but no guarantees can be made
  • Athletic Trainers are placed in double occupancy unless requesting roommates (up to a max of 4 in a room)

All hotels are full service and within walking distance to the Convention Center. Housing begins Monday, June 22, 2020 and will be provided until the morning of Monday, June 29, 2020.  We have staff meetings on Tuesday June 23, 2019 & Wed June 24, 2019 and a possible CEU Event. More information on the CEU event will be provided once staff is hired.  Please note that student and athletic trainers are responsible for their own transportation costs to Phoenix, AZ.

Student medical staff interns are given a daily work schedule based on coverage needs. Initial work schedules are distributed at the orientation meeting. However, these schedules can be adjusted as needed by tournament play and flow. Additionally, you are expected to attend the staff meeting and help with the Welcome Party as part of your stipend. Sunday, June 28, 2020 is the last day of play and ends by approximately 6 pm. On that day, we usually finish packing by approximately 9 pm.  We have flexibility in scheduling on the last day, so it is no problem to depart after 9:00 pm but everyone is encouraged to have departing flights on Monday, June 29, 2020.

As an added bonus, each year we try to do an optional education seminar before or during the tournament.  However, at this time we do not know the topic or if one will be offered.  If offered, there will be CEU’s available for athletic trainers and an update provided to all accepted staff via email with location time and cost associate with this event.

Applications are due March 31, 2020. Please complete the application by clicking HERE. Please note: the application must be completed in ONE SESSION. You will need the information from your resume and the names and phone numbers of 3 references.  Please remember we wait to see how many previous staff are returning to determine how many new positions are available.

Final Acceptance decisions are made usually by no later than April 20, 2020.

Once accepted, athletic trainers and student interns are sent a form to submit their request for housing needs, including any roommate requests, and are also asked for other necessary information that may be needed that wasn’t included on the initial application. Please note, athletic training student interns’ schedules need to be flexible throughout the event.  Once contacted of your acceptance, it's important to quickly provide your housing needs and roommate request information.

To apply, complete the online application HERE which is automatically submitted to me and reviewed. Again, the application needs to be completed in ONE SITTING and you will need information that is commonly found on a resume, including the names and phone numbers of 3 references.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, AEMT, SMTC

Volleyball Festival Director of Sports Medicine 

Moberly Buildg Rm 233

Dept of Exercise & Sport Science

521 Lancaster Ave. 

Richmond, KY 40475 

859 582 3042 cell

859 622 1254 fax