Young Gaining Professional Experience This Summer

July 19, 2010

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Entering his senior campaign with the UCF men's basketball program, guard Taylor Young (Orlando, Fla.) knows that he will soon be entering the workforce. As a result, Young has sharpened his professional skills and built up his résumé this summer by participating in an internship with Florida Hospital.

On Friday, Young will conclude a 12-week internship inside the hospital's executive office. Young is a health services administration major, and says that his internship has shown him the business side of health care.

"I am observing what leadership in that industry does," he said. "I have done everything from putting together spreadsheets that have taken me an entire week, to being in three-hour long budget meetings and executive board meetings. It has been a good array of activities. I have really learned a lot."

Young has spent most of his time shadowing a Florida Hospital senior vice president, but has had the opportunity to work with different departments, including neuroscience.

After working out each morning with his UCF teammates on campus, Young has headed to downtown Orlando for his internship. In addition to wearing formal business attire each day, Young says that the internship has opened his eyes to the real world.

"It has been a big awakening. It has really shown me what it takes to be in the professional world. It has shown me the consistency that you need to have. The internship has been an incredible learning experience."

Young is close to graduating and envisions working in hospital leadership once his time at UCF is up. Before embarks on next chapter in his life, he hopes to see some of the Florida Hospital employees that he has worked with cheering on the Knights at the UCF Arena this upcoming season.

"They all know that I play at UCF," he said. "It is great when you get to share about UCF. I want to invite them out to games and help get more exposure for our program."