Jobs in Athletics – Sports Internships

Eighty percent of college students get experiential education, on-the-job training and something real to put on their resumes.

They do it all with internships.

Why Intern?

sports intern photoAn internship lets you practice what you’ve studied.

It gives you a chance to find out about the variety of sports jobs and athletics career paths available in K-12, college, and the professional ranks. You learn more, as you find out what work really interests you.

You meet people, begin your own network (critical!) and find doors opening that you’d otherwise never even know were there. The best news is, there are plenty of sports employers waiting to meet you and give you a chance to work along with them, while you earn college credits and maybe get paid, too!

The Internet sports career links here are good places to find athletics internships of all kinds. Also, keep in mind that whether an employer has a formal internship program, or advertises for students or entry-level employees, many will in fact be open to trying something new. So, ask. In addition to the resources below, check with the employers and educational institutions you find in the sections of this site for these specialty fields:

  • College Athletic Departments
  • Professional Sports
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sporting Goods
  • Health and Fitness
  • Recreational Sports
  • Sports Venues
  • K-12 Schools


Here is one sports internship we recently found:

United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Internship

Location: Colorado Springs
Qualifications: Applicants must be in their Junior or Senior year of a Bachelor’s degree program. Master’s degree students will also considered for internship positions.

  • Passionate about sports
  • Sports experience (competitive or Intramural sports)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • First Aid/CPR certified
  • Willingness to participate in the full intern program
  • Experience with operating Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Publisher
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Job Description:

  • Schedule appointments for medical consultations and diagnostic tests for athletes
  • File medical documents and forms as required
  • Ensure that exam rooms are properly stocked
  • Assist with preparing documents and reports
  • Assist with other day-to-day activities in the clinic

Visit U.S. Olympic Committee web site for more information.

And yet more examples of a real, advertised sports internship:

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Term: One-year Internship
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Compensation: $24,000 per year
Qualification: College graduate; interest in a career in intercollegiate athletics administration

  • administrative services
  • branding and communications
  • championships
  • Division I men’s and women’s basketball
  • education services
  • enforcement services
  • governance
  • membership services/student-athlete reinstatement
    office for diversity and inclusion.

YMCA Trout Lodge

Term: 12 – 16 week internships any time of year
Location: Outside St. Louis, Missouri
Compensation: Room, board and an ongoing professional development seminar
Qualification: Students required to complete internships for degree completion only
Job Details: Development, marketing, administration, and operation of a community youth soccer program (75 children, ages 4 to 14); possibly assisting with administration of an adult basketball league, fishing tournaments, and resort guest activities

The Washington Center, Internships for Academic Credit

Location: Washington, D.C.
Compensation: College credit; Salary, stipend and/or tuition assistance depends on internship agency
Qualifications: College student, sophomore or above or graduate student; GPA at least 2.75; 3.0 for some (e.g. CNN TV); endorsement by a campus liaison or faculty sponsor

Areas applicable to sports and athletics:

      • Communications
      • Education
      • Health Care
      • Journalism
      • Management
      • Public Relations
      • Health Education
      • Public Affairs
      • Statistics


Also, Rising Star Internships has many interesting connections. Look through the career sectors that interest you, like golf, recreation, sports administration…

And finally: MonsterCollege

You must bookmark this website and remember to visit occasionally. Search by your state other parameters:

There are a lot of new listings plus good, general information about internships.

Check with the employers, too (this should be obvious).

Getting your foot in the door is critical and internship afford the opportunities you need!

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