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NCAA Postgraduate 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 2017-18 postgraduate internship will open Friday, August 15. Please check back in July for more information.


Applicants must be a college graduate from a four-year NCAA member institution by the start of the internship program on June 12, 2017. 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.

Key dates:

  • Aug. 15 - Application opens
  • Sept. 23 - Application deadline
  • June 12, 2017 – Start date for 2017-18 internship program

Contact us

For more information about the postgraduate internship program, please contact us 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


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

Jocelyn Fisher
University of South Florida senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator