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NCAA selects 2016-17 postgraduate interns

29 graduates get yearlong opportunity at national office

Twenty-nine emerging athletics professionals were selected for the 2016-17 NCAA postgraduate internship class, a 12-month opportunity to work at the national office in Indianapolis.

Based in Indianapolis, the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program has exposed participants to the inner workings of college sports and higher education from the national perspective for more than 25 years. It is an experience they might eventually bring to careers as full-time athletics administrators on college campuses or athletics conference offices.

“The NCAA internship program is one of the most inclusive and progressive learning experiences for postgraduate students in intercollegiate athletics today,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement. “This internship opportunity gives them a well-rounded view of the projects and issues they may deal with in the world of sports, specifically at the college campus level, and in higher education as a whole. We have hired some of the brightest young men and women from diverse backgrounds and look forward to enhancing their skill set over the course of the year.” 

NCAA postgraduate interns receive comprehensive training, mentor assignments and networking opportunities throughout the experience. Considered temporary full-time employees, interns have daily projects in which they have the opportunity to work on programs and initiatives that positively impact college athletes, and many have opportunities to interact regularly with university officials. Additionally, postgraduate interns plan and execute their own professional development site visits at conference offices, member campuses and affiliate organizations to further their knowledge of college sports and network with industry leaders.

“The internship gave you a 5,000-foot view of college athletics,” said Chris Reynolds, NCAA postgraduate intern in 1996-97 and now the director of athletics at Bradley University. “Having your first experience in athletics as an intern but having a great deal of responsibility helps you to mature as a professional, and you are working alongside other professionals. When I left the national office and went to a campus, I was so prepared.”

Six postgraduate interns have gone on to become conference commissioners and directors of athletics, and more than 8 percent of national office staff members in Indianapolis are former postgraduate interns.

The NCAA offers internships in several departments within the national office: administrative services, championships and alliances, communications, education and community engagement, executive, governance, inclusion, leadership development and regulatory affairs, which includes academic and membership affairs, the NCAA Eligibility Center and enforcement.

2016-17 NCAA postgraduate internship class:

  • Emily Altier (administrative services), Niagara University
  • Jeff Baker (academic and membership affairs), Cleveland State University
  • Jada Buckner (academic and membership affairs), Nova Southeastern University
  • Erin Burke (academic and membership affairs), St. Mary’s College of California
  • Jason Curry (enforcement), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Reed Fogle (governance), Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Shalisa Griffin (championship and alliances), Delaware State University
  • Maison Haines (academic and membership affairs), Texas Tech University
  • Kelsey Harris (championship and alliances), Elon University
  • Scott Hays (Eligibility Center), Midwestern State University
  • Ashleigh Hazley (inclusion), University of Louisville
  • Jackie Hobson (communications), The Ohio State University
  • Julian Jones (inclusion), Youngstown State University
  • Kelson Lumpkin (enforcement), U.S. Military Academy
  • Matt Maginnis (championship and alliances), Boston University
  • Faith Morrison (governance), University of Washington
  • Katherine Plessy (championship and alliances), Florida State University
  • Jessica Ramberg (communications), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Trevor Reeves (governance), Wayne State College (Nebraska)
  • J.T. Reinert (enforcement), Texas Christian University
  • Niko Roberts (championship and alliances), University of Kansas
  • Marissa Robinson (leadership development), Kean University
  • Gabrielle Scheder-Bieschin (executive and communications), University of California, Los Angeles
  • Adam Schulz (leadership development), University of Utah
  • Alexandra Stanley (championship and alliances), Transylvania University
  • Kristina Stockburger (communications), Ithaca College
  • Andy Supergan (Eligibility Center), St. Ambrose University
  • Ali Theodore (academic and membership affairs), Brandeis University
  • Beth Thomas (championships and alliances), Wittenberg University