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Postgraduate Internship Program

Key Dates:

  • Aug. 5, 2019 – Application opens (8 a.m. Eastern time)
  • Sept. 6, 2019 – Application deadline (5 p.m. Eastern time)
  • Oct. 11-25, 2019 – Phone screen interviews for selected candidates
  • Nov. 13-14, 2019 – In-person interviews for selected candidates
  • June 15, 2020 – Start date for 2020-21 internship program


The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program annually provides on-the-job learning experiences at the national office in Indianapolis to college graduates who are passionate in their pursuit of a career in college sports administration.

With a focus on ethnic minorities, women and former student-athletes, this yearlong program gives insight to the inner workings of college sports from the national perspective. Interns over the past 25 years have taken their experience and institutional knowledge onto campuses and into the conference offices as full-time administrators.

NCAA postgraduate interns are nonexempt employees with benefits and they receive comprehensive training, mentor assignments, networking opportunities throughout the internship. Additionally, postgraduate interns plan and execute professional development site visits to conference offices, member campuses and affiliate organizations to further their knowledge of the collegiate sports industry and network with today's leaders.

The application for the 2020-21 postgraduate internship will open at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.


"I give all of the credit for my career path back to starting as an NCAA intern and really understanding the workings of the national office and college athletics.”

Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of NCAA Division II (2001 intern class)

"When I left the NCAA and went to a campus, I was prepared because I was actually doing the work of an athletics professional while an intern at the national office.”

Chris Reynolds, Bradley director of athletics (1997 intern class)

"The internship changed my life. I tell everybody to apply for one."

Jocelyn Fisher Gates, Boston College senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator (2009 intern class)


Applicants must be a college graduate from a four-year NCAA member school by the start of the internship program June 15, 2020. The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is not designed to provide interns internship credit toward an undergraduate degree; however, with graduate school approval, an intern can be eligible to earn graduate degree credit

Internship opportunities

The NCAA offers yearlong internships within several focus areas at the national office: Administrative services, accounting, championships, marketing, communications, education and community engagement, executive, inclusion, governance, public relations and regulatory affairs.

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