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NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

This professional development event provides leadership, educational and transitional programming for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA member schools, conference offices and affiliate organizations. The three-day program educates, develops and connects selected participants and equips these young professionals with the skills necessary to accelerate their career progression in college sports.

What participants learn

Participants walk away with valuable insight into college athletics, a more in-depth understanding of self-awareness and group dynamics through the DiSC assessment and program case study, and an expansive network of peers and industry leaders to call upon throughout their professional journey. Through this exposure, participants return to their current roles with applicable skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the next steps of their career.

The program features presentations from prominent industry experts, including NCAA national office executives who inform attendees about the national governing body’s role in the college sports landscape. Through breakout presentations and panels, participants can explore potential career avenues while building valuable connections within their current area of employment and other operational areas that might interest them for future opportunities. Overall, participants strengthen their professional network and knowledge of college sports while building leadership skills that prepare them to succeed personally and professionally.

Who is eligible

Participants must be a current intern or graduate assistant within an athletics department at an NCAA member school, conference office, affiliate organization or the NCAA national office. Individuals must have completed a bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply for the Emerging Leaders Seminar.

How to apply

The online application for the Emerging Leaders Seminar is available via the NCAA Program Hub.

Cost of attending

The NCAA will cover the cost of hotel accommodations, meals and program materials. Participants are responsible for travel to and from the seminar.


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Previous participants of the Emerging Leaders Seminar talk about how the program developed their careers in college sports.