For students pursuing a career in sports management, an internship at a reputable company can build valuable connections and make a good impression on potential employers. In a field that places such an emphasis on the business aspect of sports, the experience and training gained in a solid internship program will prove invaluable when you are ready to launch your career. Fortunately, there are some excellent places online to find sports management internships. We have put together this list to augment your research and help you land a valuable sports management internship.
Touting itself as the #1 Job Board in the Sports Industry, this site allows you to search by job category, position, and location. Although searching for available internships is free of charge, WorkInSports.com is a paid site. If you want to apply for any of the internships listed on the site, you’ll have to sign up for one of the paid subscriptions which are available at one week, four week, and three month levels.
While paying to apply might not sound appealing when there are so many free job boards out there, WorkInSports.com is well established and has worked with the heavy hitters since the year 2000.
This is a broad internship site with no specializations, but a quick search showed over one hundred sports management internship positions nationally.
In addition to the search feature, this site has some excellent resources for students seeking internships. Included are valuable tips on how to search for internships, how to prepare for and submit applications, and steps to take in preparation for an interview.
These highly competitive paid internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. While most internships are located in Bristol, CT and New York, NY, the site does mention that limited opportunites may be available at other locations.
ESPN internship is a 10-week program with competitive pay and subsidized housing available on a limited basis. The internship requires 40 hours a week, including nights and weekends.
To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in a degree program and scheduled to graduate within 12 months of the internship, and must be authorized to work for any employer based in the United States upon graduation. An interest in sports is also recommended.
“Sports are a vital part of cultures the world over, and working in athletics is one of the most exciting ways to experience a new culture.” -WorldEndeavors.com
WorldEndeavors.com focuses on placing students in internships globally, and underscores the opportunities of working through coaching challenges and learning how managing an atheletic team can vary according to the place. Far from being a paid internship, the fees are not for the faint of heart. However, it can be an excellent combination of learning and travel opportunity for the right candidate.
This site is free for students, and the additional resources are possibly as valuable as the internship search feature. In addition to the search, students will find a forum with active members, an intern blog with helpful tips and advice, and resume and cover letter samples and templates.
Colleges and even high schools in your city or town are valuable resources. Not only will they often have internships available, they are an opportunity to make valuable connections that might land an internship somewhere else.