April 6, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The good times continue to roll for senior Federica Suess who was recently selected as one of three Seminoles to intern with Nike over the summer. It has been exciting times for Suess lately as she was awarded the ACC Post Graduate Scholarship and then just two weeks ago won the 100th match of her career, a feat only done by two other Seminoles (former teammates Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira). During the internship Suess will spend eight weeks out in Eugene, Oregon at the main Nike corporate base and then four weeks in New York City working closely with the U.S Open.
"It's very exciting for me, and I feel like I can finally relax a little and start planning my summer," said Suess. "For a while it was up in the air that I was going to get this opportunity, so I am really excited now that it's now official. First of all it's with Nike, and it's also working with tennis, so I will be able to continue to work with my sport. I also have to give a lot of credit to Dr. John Lata and the student services that have a special relationship with Nike that they submit three candidates from each school. It's a great opportunity and it's due to John Lata and all his hard work, because otherwise it's really difficult to get an internship like this."
"I think that the program we have with Nike is very special and this is the first athlete I've had to win either the ACC post-graduate or the Nike internship," added head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I think it's going to be a great opportunity for her to go out west and get her hands dirty doing something a little different than what she's used to doing, slowly integrating herself into the corporate world, and what a great place to do it. Of all places you can go to do it, Nike is probably one of the best."
Likely the highlight of the internship will be going to the U.S Open in New York, which is a dream come true for Suess. "I have always wanted to go to the U.S Open, but it was during our season, so I haven't been able to. I am really excited that I am finally going to be there and I cannot wait."
While there will certainly be plenty of fun and perks involved with the internship, Suess also realizes it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for her as a recent college graduate.
"I am certainly looking at this as a learning experience, and there might be job opportunities that come from it afterwards, so I am going to be pretty flexible and open," said Suess. "Who knows, I might stay working with them after, but either way I am excited to see what's next for me after my college career is over."
"The girls sometimes have no idea what they're capable of doing in life," Hyde said. "I think this is a good shot in Fede's arm and gives her a new excitement as she moves into life after college. From a coaching standpoint it's really cool to sit back and see all these things come together for her. I think Fede had an idea what she thought the course of her life was going to take and it just seems that every week it keeps changing or shifting, but Fede has put herself in this position through all of her hard work over the years. None of this has happened by accident."