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Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant Program

The Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant (Division III Internship) is a two-year grant program that provides funding for entry-level administrative positions at Division III institutions and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women.

Division III member institutions are committed to the overall experience and success of their student-athletes, coaches and administrators. NCAA Division III strives to be a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, universities and conferences with varying sizes and missions committed to an environment that encourages and supports diversity and inclusion, values fairness and equity, and places the highest priority on the overall educational experience of the student-athlete in the conduct of intercollegiate athletics.


The proposed position must be for a full-time, entry-level administrative position at a Division III institution or conference office consisting of a minimum of 20 months of work during a 24 month commitment starting in September in the year they are awarded. The hired intern should be an ethnic minority and/or a woman.

As a part of the program, schools and conferences are responsible for identifying a supervisor and a mentor (must be different individuals) and are responsible for hiring, employing and supervising the intern.

Assistant coaching responsibilities are allowed, including strength and conditioning, but the percentage of time focused on assistant coaching should be realistic but be no more than 50 percent of the outlined job responsibilities.


During each year of grant funding, the NCAA provides $20,100 to support the salary of the hired intern, as well as $3,000 in professional development funding. Recipients are required to provide $3,700, at minimum, as an in-kind gift. See the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Policies for the complete program policy.

At the beginning of the first year of the grant, the supervisor, mentor and hired intern of selected grant recipients are required to attend an orientation at the national office in Indianapolis in late July/early August. Additionally, hired interns are required to use a portion of the NCAA professional development funding to attend the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar (late January) in the first year of the grant, and the NCAA Convention (mid-January) in the second year of the grant.

Recipients will be required to submit annual financial reports at the conclusion of each year of funding as well as complete programming surveys throughout the program.


Online proposals may be submitted starting Thursday, September 15, 2015 through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 1, 2016. Click here to access the online proposal submission form, via NCAA Program Hub. [NOTE: Creating a login will be necessary to access Program Hub]

Contact Us

For more information about the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant, please contact Sarah Sadowski, coordinator of leadership development, via email at or by phone at 317-917-6714.

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improve the learning environment for all student-athletes and enhance excellence within the Association.

The NCAA will provide or enable programming and education, which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences.

Adopted by the NCAA Executive Committee, April 2010