The NFLPA is pleased to let you know that exciting changes and improvements to our internship program are underway for Fall 2024! Continue to monitor our website for additional information and an announcement of firm dates for submitting your application for the fall.

Mark Cobb
Program Point of Contact

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 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 $17.00 and will pay commuting costs or parking. 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

Former Player Services

The Former Players Services Department is a fraternity of former NFL players and facilitates 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 across all projects within the department
  • Performing research and data analytics to support former player programs
  • Providing integrity checks/updates to our database of more than 20,000 former players
  • Creating content and social media design for former player channels
  • Ensuring deadlines are met within a fast-paced environment
  • Intern must possess exceptional computer and project-oriented skills.

Player Affairs

The Player Affairs Department ensures players are aware, educated and informed, to actively guard their collectively bargained rights and benefit from union programs, resources and services. In addition to empowering players to focus on matters that will enhance their transitions through the NFLPA pipeline, the Player Affairs Department works with Player Representatives, as liaisons, to provide off-the-field direction through mentorship programs, comprehensive financial services and other membership assistance. The Player Affairs Department also works with the NFL Management Council to jointly administer the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting team members with logistics as it pertains to programs and resources available for active players.
  • Helping to maintain an accurate database for tracking engagement with active players.
  • Handles introductory calls with active players looking for professional development or continuing education assistance.
  • Reviewing and processing applications for the Registered Financial Advisor program, as needed.
  • Stays abreast of all matters concerning union business as it relates to issues including but not limited to workers’ rights, benefits, support programs, etc.
  • Support inter-scholastic and inter-collegiate affairs with scheduling and program implementation, as needed.

 Player Wellness

The Player Wellness team is a subset of the Player Affairs Department. This department serves all active players by equipping them with resources to help them succeed on and off the field. This position works with a small team to provide world-class service through strategic outreach to active players regarding their overall wellbeing. The Wellness department facilitates referrals to mental health providers. The intern's responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting the Department with wellness resource generation, including mental health, nutrition, and injury/healthy recovery resources.
  • Assisting the Department with the Clinician Directory management, including database maintenance, recruitment process, and effectiveness/utilization research.
  • Participating in the planning of the annual Player Associations Injured Reserve (PAIR) program.
  • Administrative duties including:
    • Creating presentation decks and organizing the PAD wellness OneDrive and SharePoint.
    • Maintaining the departments key contact list on AirTable.
    • Maintaining the internal inventory system
    • Ordering merchandise for future wellness programming.
    • Contributing player wellness content to the monthly newsletter.
    • Monitoring social media outlets for player-related mental health and wellness content.
    • Collaborating with the Player Affairs intern on department wide initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned

Intern candidates should possess:

  • Completed degree (or pursuing) in Mental Health, Health Promotions, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan/organize work effectively.
  • Self-starter and demonstrated ability to be professional and flexible.
  • Exceptional Microsoft Suite skills; Airtable experience is a plus
  • Understanding of mental health laws related to confidentiality and privacy.

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.

Consumer Products and Strategy (Licensing)

The Consumer Products and Strategy Department is comprised of two verticals: Apparel and Hardlines and Trading Cards, Games & 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. Consumer Product and Strategy knows NFL players better than anyone and works closely with all NFLPA licensees to help them maximize usage of group player rights. Learn about group licensing rights and the product development cycle through artwork approvals, account management, marketing activation and more.

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 the licensee’s objectives, including industry research projects
  • Coordinating Player engagements with the Player Services Department.
  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of licensees activation at various industry and NFLPA events such as Rookie Premier, Collegiate Bowl, etc.
  • Engaging in trade media review to identify licensing trends and possible opportunities.
  • Assisting with departmental projects such as product approvals, merchandise requests, and social media monitoring

Marketing and Business Development

The Marketing Department oversees the business-to-business marketing strategies and plans across multiple platforms including campaigns, events, media and digital to amplify the business arm of the NFLPA, NFL Players Inc. Marketing promotes NFL players and our brand, by bringing awareness to the services of the NFLPA and enhancing relationships among players, partners and staff. 

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating on monthly and quarterly newsletters circulated to key stakeholders, including partners and players, that provides updates about NFLPA licensing & marketing.
  • Assisting with NFLPA website content, including publishing stories, submitting creative requests for key projects, and updating brand landing pages as needed.
  • Monitoring and tracking social media platforms, specifically on LinkedIn and helping amplify partners across NFLPA social platforms.
  • Handling marketing operational assignments as needed, including developing presentations and slides, processing invoices, participating in brainstorms and meetings and managing creative assets.

 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:

  • Assist with all departmental functions including being a resource for players, agents, marketing representatives and NFLPA partners.
  • Help facilitate player procurement by updating contract templates, arranging transportation logistics, and corresponding with stakeholders as directed.
  • Aid team with entering player deal information into the CRM system and processing payments.
  • Assist with ongoing research and data management of players’ hobbies, interests, background, and unique characteristics.
  • Assist with the documentation of the Marketing Representation Notice (MRN) process, Player Corporation and W-9 filing.
  • Help team with special projects related, but not limited, to events such as the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Super Bowl, and Rookie Premiere.


  • Self-starter, highly organized with the ability to work productively in both independent and team settings
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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.