The NFL Players Association will be recruiting interns for Summer 2023 from

Monday, March 13th to Friday, March 24th. The website will be updated on March 13th with a link for the electronic submission of applications. You will not be able to submit your application before that date, and early applications sent by email will be rejected.

Please refer to the FAQ for additional information about the program and the recruiting process. Questions not covered by the FAQ may be sent to Recruiting Manager, Mark Cobb,; (no phone calls, please).

Thank you for your interest in the NFLPA's internship program!

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.


  • 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 an undergraduate, graduate program or law school within one year of application.
  • All internships take place in the NFLPA’s Washington, DC offices.
  • All applicants must submit the following to be considered:
    • A cover letter which includes all contact information (name, address, phone, and email) and the departments which interest you (up to 3)
    • Resume
    • Transcript (can be unofficial but should be recent)
    • A list of three (3) easily contactable persons who have agreed to provide a reference for you. List should include an address, telephone number, and email
    • A response to one of the two essay questions below to demonstrate your ability to write clearly and concisely. The essay should be no more than 650 words; please do not exceed the word limit. Your name and word count should appear at the top of the page on your response.
      • Question 1: Professional athletes and other celebrities are often idolized by the public, especially young children. Many think this requires that they behave as role models at all times. Do you agree or disagree?
      • Question 2: The United States is currently embroiled in political controversies and the emergence of social justice issues surrounding race, equal rights, and other critical matters that affect all citizens. What, if any, responsibility does the professional athlete have to use his or her social media or other platforms to comment or take action on these issues?

Hours, Compensation and Housing:

Interns for the NFLPA are limited to a 27.5-hour work week. The NFLPA provides an hourly stipend of $15.00 and will pay commuting costs or parking. For any other additional information or questions not answered, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

The NFLPA does not provide housing assistance, nor does it assist with, endorse, or recommend any of the following services or organizations. These links are provided for informational purposes only:

Departmental Functions

NFL Players Association


The Communications Department serves the members of the NFLPA by working to protect players’ integrity and image through fair and accurate coverage in the media. In addition, they educate the player membership on programs and initiatives available through their union while ensuring that internal and external messages are clear and consistent.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the digital communications team with social media posts, graphics and content creation
  • Helping with the collection of photos and graphics for different NFLPA events
  • Performing general office duties and media research

Intern candidates should have:

  • Strong communication, writing and copywriting skills
  • Basic knowledge of Canva, Photoshop and/or other Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Understanding of social media landscape and industry trends
  • A detail-oriented, resourceful and problem-solving mentality


The Executive Department leads the NFL Players Association through negotiations with the National Football League and leads implementation of innovative programs geared toward enriching the lives of all members of the NFLPA, including current, former, and future players.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating across all departments within the organization.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met within a fast paced environment.
  • Monitoring NFL league news, updates, and trends.
  • Creating presentation decks, memos, and spreadsheets for the executive staff to use for speaking engagements, and negotiations.
  • Providing research support to the Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director.
  • Supporting Human Resource Department in identifying ways to improve the NFLPA operations

Former Player Services

The Former Players Department strives to build a fraternity of former NFL players and facilitate personal growth beyond football while providing an active voice for former players of all ages. In addition, providing tools, resources and opportunities to support a successful transition from the game, the department focuses on cultivating compassion, respect and dignity within its membership. The Former Players Department seeks to inspire players to feel connected to one another, their community and to the NFLPA when their football careers end and their life after football begins.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Former Players Department staff as assigned by Assistant Director.
  • Providing research support to the Assistant Director.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met within a fast-paced environment.
  • Performing general office duties.

Intern must possess exceptional computer and project-oriented skills.

Information Systems

The Information Systems Department oversees an innovative, technologically-advanced client/server computer system that enables the NFLPA, NFL Players Inc., Ace Media, PAF and The Trust to track, report and use a myriad of complex data on a daily basis. Responsible for accomplishing all computer data processing needs and requirements on a cost-effective basis, the Information Systems Department also offers support to each department so staff can meet their diverse business objectives.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing end user support via an automated help desk application for all NFLPA, Ace, PAF and Trust employees.
  • Installing, managing and implementing applications and services to support the objectives of each department.
  • Evaluating and recommending new technologies to enable staff to work smarter and more efficiently.
  • Coordinating action plan for the distribution of new computer equipment.
  • Inter-collegiate affairs with scheduling and program implementation, as needed.

Professional Athletes Foundation

The Professional Athletes Foundation was founded to support, strengthen, and inspire players as they transitioned from their active NFL careers. Established in 1990 as the charitable arm of the NFL Players Association, the PAF offers a range of wellness resources as well as financial assistance through the Gene Upshaw PAT Grant. With more than $10 million in financial, medical and educational assistance granted, the PAF is the leading foundation in assisting former NFL players. Learn more at

Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in maintaining accurate electronic files for the PAF
  • Corresponds accordingly with GU PAT Applicants, Charitable Grant Organizations
  • Assists with PAF Chapter and Family Scholarship Program, communicating info to Former Player chapter, scholarship recipients, and academic institutions
  • Performs data entry related to Gene Upshaw PAT Grant Assistance Program
  • Assist with preparation related to PAF engagements and Former Player Convention
  • Respects the sensitivity and maintains confidentiality of PAF records, player records and other information
  • Assists with PAF event/engagement prep and department mailing: packing, shipping, gifting inventory, etc.

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).

Consumer Products and Strategy (Licensing)

The Consumer Products and Strategy Department is divided into three main categories: Apparel, Non-Apparel, and Digital. 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. The Licensing Department knows NFL players better than anyone and work closely with all NFLPA licensees to help them maximize their usage of group player rights.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in interdepartmental and licensee meetings, as well as conference calls to gain an understanding of partner business models and activations.
  • Working across all departments to meet licensee’s objectives, including industry research projects.
  • Coordinating Player engagements with the Player Services Department.
  • Assisting with coordinating licensees at NFLPA events such as Rookie Premier, Collegiate Bowl, etc.
  • Engaging in trade media review for Multimedia, Apparel, and Hard Goods to identify trends and possible licensee opportunities.

Marketing and Business Development

The Marketing Department oversees the marketing strategies and plans across multiple platforms including advertising, events and digital marketing to support NFLPA properties and assets. Marketing promotes the NFL Players mission, brand values and assets (the players), while enhancing relationships among players, partners and staff and bringing awareness to the services of NFLPA.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing a weekly newsletter circulated internally to all the staff providing updates about the licensing & marketing departments.
  • Processing invoices and managing NFLPA website content, including publishing stories, creating graphic images, and updating the licensee’s page periodically.
  • Tracking sponsorship partner’s social media platforms and helping amplify them across NFLPA social platforms.
  • Delivering presentations to Development team outlining ways to improve existing advertising.

Partner Services

The Partner Services Department is dedicated to servicing companies with official sponsorships. We 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 NFL players and our properties. In addition to delivering group player rights, Partner Services oversees all creative executions using the identities of NFL players, making the approval process easy.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in maintaining internal audit and reconciliation of sponsor utilization of group player rights.
  • Assisting in communication to various external stakeholders of NFL player exclusive partnerships.
  • Working with department staff to review sponsor marketing and advertising materials featuring NFL players’ intellectual property.
  • Collaborating with department staff to research new business opportunities.
  • Helping implement partnership agreements, including digital distribution of agreements and necessary documents to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Assisting with the development of marketing proposals and activation recap presentations.
  • Helping with the coordination and fulfillment of trade, product and merchandise needs to and from partners.
  • Assisting department with pre-event logistics and planning for NFLPA assets and properties.

Player Services

The Player Services 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.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with all departmental functions which includes Licensing, Sponsorship's, Player Outreach, and Operations.
  • Supporting management by researching information on players’ hobbies, interests, background, and unique characteristics.
  • Assisting with the documentation of the Marketing Representation Notices (MRN) process, Player Corporation and W-9 filing, and our data tagging system.
  • Helping managers with special projects related to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Super Bowl, and Rookie Premiere.

The Trust

The Trust is an endorsed brand of the NFLPA formed in 2013 to provide programs and resources to former NFL players. Through nationwide partnerships, we provide access to career, medical, financial education, nutrition, entrepreneurial, and continuing education services. We are committed to a player’s well-being and create customized game plans to meet each former player where he is in his transition from football.

Engagement & Digital Marketing Intern

The Engagement Department runs all of The Trust’s marketing and outreach efforts, making sure former players are aware of all the services available to them in their transition from professional football. The Engagement Department also oversees marketing strategies and digital services including promotions, events, and marketing to support The Trust, an endorsed brand of the NFLPA.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with keeping website up to date
  • Conduct interviews with former players and draft compelling content that shares their stories in fresh and engaging ways
  • Provide support to various outreach efforts for events
  • Be an integral part of Wraparound visit set up and execution
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized work style
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, and strong problem-solving skills
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop and/or other Adobe Creative Suite applications a plus
  • Understanding of how to post and manage digital content, including working knowledge of CMS systems (Wordpress, Orchard, etc.) and basic HTML skills preferred