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Jen Welter blazes trail as coaching intern for Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals training camp football coach Dr. Jen Welter poses for photographers after being introduced, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. Welter is believed to be the first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL and will be member of the Cardinals coaching staff throughout training camp and the preseason, working with inside linebackers. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Cardinals training camp football coach Dr. Jen Welter poses for photographers after being introduced, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. Welter is believed to be the first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL and will be member of the Cardinals coaching staff throughout training camp and the preseason, working with inside linebackers. (AP Photo/Matt York)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jen Welter is embracing her breakthrough status as the first woman to hold any kind of coaching position in the NFL.

It's only a six-week internship with the Arizona Cardinals, through training camp and the four preseason games. Nonetheless, it marks another barrier broken for women in sports.

At a news conference Tuesday, Welter gave all the credit of the hiring to coach Bruce Arians, saying the coach's "heart made this happen."

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Team President Michael Bidwill says the move has the full, enthusiastic support of the organization, which has long been known for hiring minorities for management positions.

Welter has a PhD in psychology as well as a season as a player on a men's team, the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.