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Internship Opportunities

UpdatedLast Updated: 4/10/2014

Thank you for your interest in the NFLPA’s Internship program. We will begin accepting online applications for the Fall 2014 internship class on Monday, June 2, 2014, and the deadline for online submission will be Friday, June 13, 2014. Please come back to this page then to submit your application.

Applications or resumes submitted before June 2 via mail or email or after June 13 will not be reviewed or accepted for consideration.

Effective with the Fall 2014 internships, internships for most of the departments listed below will be semester length (i.e., Sept-Nov; Dec-Feb; March-May; June-August). Two departments - Legal and Marketing & Events - offer six-month internships only (Sept-Feb; Mar-August).

We look forward to receiving your application in June. If you have any questions before then, please email: mark.cobb@nflplayers.com.

Goal of internship program:

  • Assist colleges and universities which allow internships by providing on-the-job training to aid in career preparation.
  • Provide work experience to recent graduates interested in working in the sports industry.
  • Internships may be available in the following departments at the NFLPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.: Communications, Executive, Former Player Services, Salary Cap/Agent Administration, Security and Operations, NFL PLAYERS: Licensing, Marketing and Events, Partner Services and Player Services.

 

Requirements:

  • Students must be entering their junior or senior year of study in an undergraduate program or must be enrolled in a graduate program or law school.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Recent graduates must have completed undergraduate, graduate program or law school within one year of application.
  • All applicants must submit the following to be considered:
    • Resume with cover letter
    • Transcript (can be unofficial)
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • Letters may be from a professor, employer, or an organization where you have interned or volunteered stating the qualities that make you a good candidate for this internship
      • Letters may be addressed and sent separately (if necessary) to: Mark H. Cobb, Executive Associate, NFL Players Association, 1133 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
    • A response to one of the three essay questions below to demonstrate your ability to write clearly and concisely. The essay should be no more than 650 words, using the question to inspire your response. 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Applicants for an internship in the NFLPA’s Communications Department should expect to be asked for additional written materials to support their applications.
      • Is there a moral component to be considered when examining the future of professional sports and the potential for delayed or long term injury?
      • The professional sports industry is small and intensely competitive. How will your educational path, attitude, and current life skills help you to succeed in such an environment?
      • Public school systems nationwide have to make budget decisions that frequently favor sports programs over the arts, foreign languages, and other extracurricular activities. Are these wise decisions?

 

Internship Terms/Pay/Housing Information:

The NFLPA’s internship program (including Players Inc. and The Trust) is conducted on a year-round basis. Intern classes for most of our departments are formed in the fall (September), winter (January) spring (March), and summer (May) with 8-12 interns hired for each class. Interns for the Legal Department and the Marketing and Events Department are hired twice-yearly in the fall (September) and spring (March) for six-month terms.

Internships are primarily full-time but part-time positions may also be available. All interns are paid a competitive hourly rate and reimbursed for commuting costs or parking.

The NFLPA does not provide housing assistance nor does it endorse or recommend any of the following services or organizations. These links are provided for information only: The Washington Intern Housing Network, Washington Intern Student Housing, Cheap DC Intern Housing, Yelp.com, American University, Catholic University, Howard University, George Washington University, Georgetown University.

 

To apply:

Click here (currently disabled) to submit application and upload required materials. VERY IMPORTANT: Please combine all documents (cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, transcript and writing sample) into a SINGLE PDF and upload in the resume section before submitting application. In the event you are unable to do this, please contact Mark Cobb mark.cobb@nflplayers.com. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application deadline for Fall is July 31 and Spring is December 31.

Questions should be directed to Mark Cobb, Executive Associate: Mark.Cobb@nflplayers.com.

No phone calls, please!

 

Departmental Functions:

 

Communications

The Communications Department manages the relationship between the NFLPA and the media and ensures that the NFLPA receives fair and accurate coverage. An important function of the department is describing and explaining to the media the benefits of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and free agency system for professional football players. The department also works to enhance the positive image of the NFLPA and its players through the effective use of all types of media including print, television, radio and internet/social media resources.

 

Executive

The Executive Department of the NFL Players Association takes great pride in empowering, protecting and improving the lives of its members – NFL Players. The NFLPA continues to establish many landmark precedents felt not just in the sports world, but throughout organized labor and corporate America. Through skilled negotiations with the National Football League, leading to multiple extensions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and through the introduction and implementation of innovative programs geared at enriching the lives of our members, past, present and future, the Executive Department leads this organization.

 

Former Player Services

The Former Players organization is a division of the NFLPA formed in 1984 to provide an active voice for former players of all ages. Membership is open to all players who signed an NFL contract. There are 36 Former Player chapters nationwide with organized leadership and regular meetings.

 

Legal

The NFLPA Legal Department represents players in disputes against their clubs and/or the NFL. Among the types of disputes are: injury grievances, non-injury grievances, on-field fine appeals, Personal Conduct Policy appeals, appeals of discipline under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse; and Appeals of discipline under the Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.

The Legal Department also assists outside counsel with System Arbitrator cases and other outside litigation involving the NFLPA.  We give general legal advice to players and agents about player rights and obligations under the CBA. The department is also responsible for enforcing the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors. In doing so, we advance disciplinary cases and other appeals against agents pursuant to the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors.

Law students or recent JDs are preferred for this internship, but all may apply.

 

Players Affairs And Development

The Player Affairs and Development Department (PAD) oversees all current player activities directly in the following areas: player development, drug policies and programs, financial advisors and financial literacy, membership services, and Player Representative Leadership.

Working directly with active NFL players, the department provides information and education to improve and enhances players’ lives, while continuously protecting their wages, hours and working conditions and lifecycle benefits. PAD also oversees administration of the Board of Player Representatives, the decision making body for policies governing the operation of the Players Union and adherence to the collective bargaining agreement with the National Football League.

 

Salary Cap & Agent Administration

The Salary Cap & Agent Administration Department is responsible for administering agent certification, assisting agents and players with contract research and negotiation and tracking each Club’s team salary for salary cap purposes by inputting all salary information and player transaction into the NFLPA database.

 

Security & Operations

The Security and Operations Department directs and coordinates programs relating to the protection, safeguarding and security of company assets, employees, active players, former players and guests. The Operations division is divided into Corporate Travel Services and Operations Support Services.  Corporate Travel Services includes the comprehensive management of all transportation, accommodations, travel agency management and travel systems technology, including strategic meetings management and compliance. Operations Support Services manages the day-to-day business operations of the organization through the procurement of cost effective supplies and contract services supporting our facilities and events and the management of all shipping and receiving components.

 

NFL PLAYERS, Inc.

Formed in 1994, NFLPI is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFLPA. NFLPI exists to generate revenue and marketing opportunities for the NFLPA and its members. The four business units (and associated revenue) of NFLPI are: Licensing (consumer products), Partner Services (NFL Commercial Agreement), Player Services (service fees), and Marketing & Events (event sponsorships).

 

PLAYERS INC. Departments:

 

Licensing

Our licensee portfolio is divided into three main categories: Apparel, Non-Apparel, and Multimedia. NFL PLAYERS, Inc. is passionate about working with innovative partners in each of these categories to create and market unique products that utilize group licensing rights. We know our players better than anyone, and work closely with all of our licensees to help them maximize their usage of group player rights.

 

Marketing and Events

The Marketing and Events Department oversees the marketing strategies and plans across multiple platforms including advertising, events and digital marketing to support NFLPA properties and assets. In addition, M&E manages and executes the events while ensuring plans are aligned with the overall corporate objectives and strategies. We promote the NFL PLAYERS mission, brand values and assets (the players). Our platform is to enhance relationships among players, partners and staff while bringing awareness to the services of NFLPA. The M&E team focuses on evaluating the annual event calendar, considering the value of each event and making changes to the formats to enhance guest experience and marketing opportunities for the PA and valued partners.

 

Player Services

The Player Services Department plays an integral role within NFL PLAYERS Inc. The department provides support and services to all departments and is a vital resource to the organization’s sponsors, licensees and business partners via their active use of group player rights. In addition, the department serves as a primary resource for former and active players by helping identify opportunities and leverage their brand to increase and maximize off-field marketing opportunities.

 

Partner Services

The Partner Services group is dedicated to servicing companies with official sponsorships. We know our players better than anyone and work closely with all of our partners to help them maximize their usage of group player rights. Partner Services works collaboratively on the overall planning and integration of NFL players leveraged within our partners’ annual NFL player-integrated promotional campaigns. We place emphasis on engagement and alignment with sponsors to offer assistance and resources to help implement their overall campaign using our players and properties.