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Education and Community Engagement – Postgraduate Internship

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The NCAA Education and Community Engagement (ECE) department (formerly Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs) includes five offices devoted to serving member institutions and student-athletes. Three internship opportunities are available within the offices of Inclusion, Leadership Development  and ECE Initiatives.

Postgraduate interns work directly with student-athletes, athletics department staff, administrators in higher education and affiliate groups to provide resources and educational programming to the membership.

Over 85 percent of the interns who have worked in these offices obtained successful employment within intercollegiate athletics or higher education.

Intern Perspective

“In my internship, I get the chance to work on several different projects and meet with a lot of people. Some of my favorite projects have been preparing for the upcoming NCAA engagement at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), planning for heritage celebrations in the national office, interviewing people for the One Team, One Future Player of the Week initiative, and meeting inclusion champions in Indianapolis and throughout the membership.

“Not just as the Inclusion intern, but with any intern, each new day involves learning something new about intercollegiate athletics – always have a pen and paper ready.”

--Mandy Pulido, 2014-15 Inclusion intern

Click here for complete Inclusion internship job description.

“Over the course of the academic year, I aid in the planning, execution, and follow-up of more than 20 Leadership Development programs. The first portion of my internship consisted of a large amount of traveling for the Life Skills Symposium, Leadership Institute and the Pathway Program. During these programs, I led icebreakers, spoke on a student-athlete panel, assisted with onsite logistics, engaged in sessions and introduced speakers.

“During my internship, I will have the opportunity to oversee the Future Football Coaches Academy, lead the project team for the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, and work with other departments within the national office on various initiatives related to governance, inclusion, and community engagement during championships.”

-- Sunny Russell, 2014-15 Leadership Development intern

Click here for complete Leadership Development internship job description.

“As the intern for Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs, I work primarily with the Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP), a grant program aimed at helping limiting resource institutions improve the academic standing of their student-athletes. In a typical day I assist managing the administrative aspects of a grant program that funds academic support programs at 10 Division I institutions. I attend all of the grant team meetings, where national office staff who serve as liaisons to each funded campus discuss their institution’s progress towards its academic goals.

“These opportunities have given me insight into relationships between the national office and campuses, and the unique ways the national office engages with the membership.”

-- Simone Egwu, 2014-15 Membership And Student-Athlete Affairs Initiatives intern


Former Postgraduate Interns

Jocelyn Fisher (University of South Florida, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator)

Shalini Gogawale (University of Michigan): Director of Women's Lacrosse Operations

Arthur Hightower (San Diego Chargers, Director of Player Engagement)

Scott Koenning (Northwestern University, Assistant Director of Career Enhancement & Employer Relations)

Davon Robb (Loyola University Chicago, Assistant Athletics Director Academic Services & Student Development)

Contact Us

For more information about the Postgraduate Internship program, please contact the NCAA via email at