He vividly remembers sharing his first internship experience with Craig, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine, and how that moment changed his entire career trajectory. At the time, Charles was working at a local physical therapy clinic, where he met a prosthetist from Hanger Clinic, the largest orthotic and prosthetic company in the U.S. Sharing his new excitement for the field, Charles mentioned this new contact to Craig, who picked up the phone and immediately set up a second internship at a local Hanger Clinic.
“That one phone shaped my entire future and career path, and I am so grateful to have had Craig as a professor, adviser, and friend,” Charles says. “I can’t stress enough how vital these internships are with college students and how networking and getting an inside look at the field is so critical.”
Finding His Sweet Spot
After Guilford, Charles attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Master’s in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, graduating in 2019.
His undergraduate internship experience suddenly came full circle as he started his two-year residency with Hanger Clinic in Pittsburgh. Charles credits his time as a Guilfordian with providing him the tools to prosper in such a demanding field.