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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.

Key Dates
  • Aug. 5, 2020: Application opens (8 a.m. Eastern time).
  • Sept. 7, 2020: Application closes (5 p.m. Eastern time).
  • June 14, 2021: Internship start date

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 and 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.


"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 (2001 intern class)

"When I left the NCAA and went to a campus, I was prepared because I was actually doing the work of an athletics professional while an intern at the national office.”

Chris Reynolds, Bradley director of athletics (1997 intern class)

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

Jocelyn Fisher Gates, Boston College senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator (2009 intern class)

Who is eligible

Applicants must be a college graduate from a four-year NCAA member school by the start date of the internship program. The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is not designed to provide credit toward an undergraduate degree, but an intern may be eligible to earn credit toward a graduate degree.

How to Apply

The online application for the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is available via NCAA Program Hub during the dates listed above.

What internships are available

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. To find specific departmental offerings, please see the box at the top right of the page and follow the hyperlinks.

Internship program informational webinar

NCAA leadership development will host an informational webinar for the Postgraduate Internship Program on Aug. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern time. The two-hour webinar will feature an NCAA staff member of each department, who will be available to provide an overview of the responsibilities of their group, the role and contribution of the intern within the department and a glimpse into the ideal profile for internship candidates. The second hour of the call will be a dedicated Q&A session facilitated by those staff members, answering questions posed by applicants on any items related to the application process and the program. 

To register, follow the link here:


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