Internships

The purpose of Career Rotations and Internships is to develop an understanding of primary work responsibilities and functions within various types of collegiate athletic departments. These internships and career rotations can be completed in a variety of sports organizations within the collegiate, professional, interscholastic, not-for-profit, community, or sports business sectors. Additionally, the IAL Program allows students to choose any region of the country to complete their work, thus allowing maximum flexibility for individuals already working in the field or those simply trying to start their career. Plans for completing the 9 required credits allow for an individualized plan based on the student's areas of interest and the host organizations' available opportunities.

FAQ's

WHERE CAN I START LOOKING FOR INTERNSHIPS?

Interested in exploring what kind of internship opportunities exist in intercollegiate leadership? The following links are a good way to begin your search. Please note, these links are intended to give a cursory introduction to potential opportunities and may not be updated on a regular basis. 

WHAT IF I HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB WITHIN THE ATHLETICS INDUSTRY?

If you are currently working within athletics, your existing position can be used as your primary career rotation for the year. We will work with you to create a plan with shorter experiences (job shadows, projects, events) that will supplement your current position and provide exposure to additional departments or areas within your organization.

ARE INTERNSHIPS PAID?

Compensation varies depending on placement. Some internships are unpaid, while some may provide a stipend or hourly wage.

HOW LONG ARE INTERNSHIPS? DO I STAY AT ONE INSTITUTION OR ORGANIZATION FOR THE WHOLE YEAR?

The length of internships varies depending on the plan you create for the academic year. Some students will spend an entire year at an institution while others may choose to spend time at several different institutions. It is also common for students to supplement their primary internships with shorter experiences like job shadowing and working on specific events or projects.

Sample Student #1

  • 9-month, full-time internship: University of South Carolina, Development Office
  • 1-week job shadow: Clemson University, Marketing & Promotions
  • Volunteer for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, First Round, Southeast Region

Sample Student #2

  • 3-month, part-time internship: University of Washington, Academic Advising
  • 3-month, part-time internship: Seattle University, Compliance Office
  • 6-month, full-time internship: Cal-Berkeley, Team Operations

WHERE HAVE PAST STUDENTS INTERNED?

Our alumni have worked at colleges, universities, and sport organizations across the nation. A partial listing, sorted by region, follows:

Pacific Northwest
University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Washington State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, University of Portland, Lewis & Clark College, Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University, South Puget Sound Community College, Bellevue College, Whitman College, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sports Commission, Lakeside School, Edmonds Community College, Seattle Public Schools, University of Idaho 

West
Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal State-Chico, University of Calgary, San Jose State University, University of Utah, Fort Lewis College, University of Montana, Montana State University 

Midwest
Northwestern University, University of Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University, Luther College, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, University of Minnesota

Northeast
Boston College, Harvard University, Lehigh University, Philadelphia 76ers

South
University of Virginia, UNC-Greensboro, Auburn University – Montgomery, Florida Atlantic University

HOW DO I GET PLACED INTO MY INTERNSHIPS?

Finding an internship is a collaborative and customized process that takes into consideration where students hope to be geographically, future career interests, and which types of campuses and functional areas they would like to gain exposure to. After interests have been identified, students are connected to individuals within our extensive IAL network who match their internship criteria. This network includes professionals from our Advisory Board, IAL alumni network, prior internship site supervisors, as well as guest speaker contacts. It is very much a collaborative effort to identify the best placements, rather than just distribute a single internship assignment.