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NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

The Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programming for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations. This three-day program educates, develops and connects selected participants, and has proved to increase the likelihood for career progression within intercollegiate athletics.

At ELS you will not only explore the role of NCAA governance, including the differences in the divisions and the role of conference offices, but you will get the opportunity to identify, and network with, key decision makers within intercollegiate athletics.

Over the three days, you will also explore topics such as self-awareness and group dynamics, and along with a large group of your peers, evaluate their impact on the leadership within athletics departments. Through this exposure, you will return to your current role with the applicable skills and knowledge that will help you succeed in the next steps to becoming a collegiate athletics professional.

The NCAA will cover the cost of hotel accommodations, meals during the program and program materials for the 200 selected participants. All participants will room with another participant of the same gender. Selected participants, however, will be responsible to cover the cost of transportation to and from the program.


Applicants must currently be an intern or a graduate assistant within the NCAA national office, athletics departments at member institutions, conference offices or NCAA affiliate organizations. Individuals must also have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Application Process

The application for the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information regarding the 2016 Emerging Leadership Seminar.

Contact Us

For more information about the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar, please contact Dawn Buth, associate director of leadership development, via email at or by phone at 317-917-6873. 

Key Dates

September 4, 2014 (Application opens)
October 9, 2014 (Application closes)
November 10, 2014 (Participants notified)
January 28-30, 2015 (Program dates)

“I still stay in touch with all the new people I met at Emerging Leaders Seminar. It’s great to see how much my peers are already succeeding within collegiate athletics.”
Emily Parkins
Intern, NCAA
Championships and Alliances