While Spring Break is on the mind of most college students, it’s not too early to start thinking about a summer sports internship. Many college programs in fields like sports management or exercise science do require an internship as part of the requirements for graduation. Many organizations are willing (and eager) to partner with colleges and universities to offer internships for college credit. A great place to start looking for an internship is in the area around your college or hometown. Your professors, mentors, coaches, family and friends may know of opportunities for you to investigate. Most likely, it is part of your academic advisor’s job to help you find an internship that will benefit your studies and future career success. Be willing to ask whoever you can think of, and don’t be afraid to take advantage of even seemingly random connections. You never know when you’ll find the right opportunity! JobsInSports.com has a great search engine to find sports internships around the United States. Many organizations — sports teams, summer camps, athletic clubs — post internship openings on their website and welcome inquiries and applications this time of year. Here are some ideas to get your brainstorming started:
- professional leagues with summer seasons, like Major League Soccer and the WNBA
- Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates
- sport governing bodies, like USA Hockey, US Skiing, USA Gymnastics, etc
- health clubs and gyms
- youth sports camps (both local and national)
If you are interested in an overseas internship, consider websites like World Endeavors, StudyAbroad.com, and GoAbroad.com. These sites offer opportunities to travel the world while you gain experience in your field of study. Remember that internships for college credit are typically unpaid internships. They offer amazing opportunities for hands-on learning and on-the-job experience, and can often lead to employment opportunities upon graduation. Internship supervisors will notice eager and hard-working interns, and the networking connections made during a summer internship can have lasting and positive influence on a career. Contact us today to start arranging your summer internship!