Sports management students at the University of Tennessee have traded in their textbooks for a unique behind-the-scenes pass to the upcoming Kentucky Derby.
Dr. Fritz Polite oversees the program, “Team UT,” which is an elite group of students.
According to the organization's Facebook page, members must submit an essay describing their five and 10 year goal plans and how being a part of Team UT would help them accomplish their career goals before they are accepted.
Dr. Polite told Nashville's News 2 the opportunity for the students to work at the Kentucky Derby is an experience of a lifetime and one that could not occur inside the classroom.
“I think they will be seasoned veterans when it comes time for employment, I think they'll be ready, we're putting them through training camp,” he said.
The members of Team UT have also worked behind the scenes of this year's Super Bowl game in Indianapolis.
“In our business, it's about problem solving, critical analysis, something happens, how you solve it and I think that's why this company asked us back, because our students were able to think on their feet,” Polite said.
Former members of the organization have gone on to work for the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Olympic committee and major sports networks.
For more information on Team UT, visit their Facebook page.