PTM Internship Spotlight

Hear from current PTM students on their experiences while on internship. Our featured PTM student is Joshua McDermott. Joshua is a member of the Ferris State Men’s Tennis Team and completed his 1st internship this past summer.

Joshua McDermott

Wee Burn Country Club

Darien, Connecticut

This summer I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to intern at the Wee Burn Country Club under Patricio Misitrano. Patricio is a very successful Tennis Director and is well known in the industry. Up until the end of the summer Patricio was the President of the New England USPTA and was the 2018 USPTA Tester of the year. Patricio has also recently created the curriculum for the Professional Platform Tennis Registries certification course. I was lucky enough to be able to help film some of the first parts to this certification.

This was definitely no ordinary summer at the Wee Burn Country Club due to COVID. It was actually amazing to be able to work alongside the other pros and Patricio as they rebuilt the entire program from scratch. Everyday brought forward a new challenge and we were able to take it in our stride and improve wherever we could. COVID definitely made things extra busy for everyone as participation from members who usually don’t play tennis were up.

So for me my typical week in terms of hours worked were 10-12 hours a day 6 days a week. I only got one day off a week and it stayed this way the entire summer. The actual amount of hours on court a day averaged around 5-8 hours depending on the day of the week. When I wasn’t on court I would either be working on stringing rackets/fixing grommets, making sure carts are either out for lessons or put away in the shed, tidying the shed as well as weeding around the courts. Patricio would always say that every bit of detail is important. I would also be doing court maintenance whenever I had free time, if I had time to sweep courts in between lessons I would be out there doing it to make sure the members would get the best experience, when I look back there weren’t many opportunities to be sitting down. Some other duties I would be required to do were things such as opening the courts and pro-shop, replying to emails as well as organizing into the right folders. I also sent out promotions, sign members up for clinics as well as schedule all my lessons into our system and book off the courts in advance.

All in all it was a very good internship and I was able to learn a lot from Patricio as well as the other pros. The experiences from this internship have helped me grow as a person and as a racket sports professional. I look forward to my next internship wherever it may be.