Are you young, motivated, and either currently enrolled or recently graduated from a program related to athletics? Or perhaps you have a degree in marketing, sales, or management and simply love sports on the side? A sports internship may be the next step in your career, especially with a difficult job market. At the worst of the recent recession, 23% of 2009 college seniors who had an internship had full time jobs after they graduated, compared to 14% of non-intern seniors. An athletic internship allows you to gain experience in your field, which is itself an opportunity to find the right career based on what really interests you. It also allows for you to build up what will become your own network, an essential aspect to any career. Of course, these internships are just as competitive as a fulltime job, often because there are not many sports organizations that offer internships. Sometimes the best way to get an internship is to contact professors or school counselors that can point you in the right direction. But an increasingly popular way is to use a program that can do the searching for you, a virtual sports job board. However, finding a listing is not even half of the battle. You have to be prepared:
- Maintain a high GPA, as most internships will require a 3.0 or higher. Also, be prepared to find opportunities available for those who have completed a degree to be more plentiful than for those still in school.
- Have a good resume and cover letter. There are many resources for this, and many job searches will have a review option.
- Know who you’re applying for. You should know what your duties and responsibilities will be, beyond being motivated, personable, and a team player. Most internships will require that you interact with the public, as well as your peers and employers. You should do some research into the company itself and the team(s) they are associated with, so you have some background knowledge and common ground.
- Make sure you have specific questions about the job itself, based on the information you gather when you look at the job listing and company itself. This will show that you are both interested and attentive.
- According to Lauren Berger on Forbes.com, a great way to finish an interview is to tell them that you don’t need time to make a decision, and that you know you want the job you are applying for. This leaves a lasting impression that you know what you want and that you are excited to work for that company.
If this seems a little overwhelming, remember that you have resources. Please contact us and see how we can help you find an internship in an athletic field.