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NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is a unique cohort model and professional development focus that provides on-the-job learning experiences annually for 25 college graduates who express an interest in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics administration.

A year-long program based at the national office in Indianapolis, the NCAA postgraduate internship exposes participants to the inner workings of college sports from the national perspective, one they eventually share as full-time athletics administrators on campuses and conference offices.

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

The application for the NCAA postgraduate internship is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information regarding these opportunities for the 2016-17 cycle.

Start date for the 2015-16 NCAA intern class will be June 15, 2015.


Applicants must be a college graduate from a four-year NCAA member institution by the start of the Postgraduate Internship Program on June 15, 2015. 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 year-long internships in 10 departments within the national office: Academic and Membership Affairs, Administrative Services, Championships and Alliances, Communications, Eligibility Center, Enforcement, Governance, Inclusion, Leadership Development and Membership & Student-Athlete Affairs.

Key Dates

August - Application Opens

October 20 – Application Closes

December 7 to January 9, 2015 – Phone Interviews

February 23-24, 2015 – In-Person Interviews

March 14, 2015 – 2015-16 Class Notified

April 13-15, 2015 – House Hunting Trip

June 15, 2015 – 2015-16 Postgraduate Internship Class Begins

Contact Us

For more information about the Postgraduate Internship program, please contact the NCAA via email at

"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

“It was a great way to start my career. It is a great training environment and a great opportunity to meet people who are really leaders and thinkers in the industry.”

Frank Arredondo
Conference USA, Director of Compliance and Sport Services