Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the recruiting schedule for the NFLPA internship program for next year, 2021, has changed.

The start date for the Fall 2020 class, originally September 14, 2020, has been moved to January 2021. The internship class starting in January will remain at the NFLPA for eight months through August 2021.

Because of this change, the NFLPA will not be recruiting a summer 2021 internship class. There will be no internships available next summer (June-August 2021).

To return to a regular schedule, we will be recruiting for fall 2021 in April/May 2021 for a nine-month internship class that will start in September 2021. We all hope that 2022 will be a “normal” year. Please keep an eye on this website for further updates.

We strongly advise all applicants to read the FAQs as they prepare and before submitting their applications. Any questions not covered by the FAQs should be directed to the program recruiter, Mark Cobb ( at any time during the year. No phone calls, please.

Internships are generally needed for the following departments (subject to change)


  • Events
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Former Player Services
  • Information Systems (IT)
  • Player Affairs
  • Salary Cap & Agent Administration

NFL Players, Inc.:

  • Marketing & Business Development
  • Licensing
  • Partner Services
  • Player Services

The Trust:

  • Digital Engagement & Marketing (one-year position)

Bill Radovich Military Internship

Named after NFL player, labor pioneer, and Navy Veteran Bill Radovich, this internship is specifically designed to offer those who serve or have served in America's military an opportunity to kick off their careers in sports. The NFLPA three-month summer internship will be available to junior enlisted (E1-E3), all Service Academy students, and veterans pursuing an undergraduate degree; the nine-month fall internship will be available to honorably discharged veterans and junior enlisted. Applicants will be able to choose from any of the listed departments. All internships are paid and take place in Washington, DC.

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 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 and points will be deducted for exceeding 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: Business and individuals are choosing online or electronic communications rather than face-to-face interactions. Are there significant advantages or disadvantages for a business or person to limit their communications in this way?

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.

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 Events Department oversees events, both small and large, to support NFLPA objectives and promote the NFLPA brand. The Events Team focuses on enhancing the guest experience for the Players Association and its valued partners and manages events while ensuring plans align with corporate objectives. The goal of the Events Team is to enhance relationships among players, partners and staff while bringing awareness to the services of NFLPA.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping in the planning of Collegiate Bowl, Pro Bowl, Rep Meeting, Combine, Draft, and Rookie Premiere.
  • Researching venues and brainstorming creative ideas for events such as themes, food, beverage, space setup, etc.
  • Making transportation and travel accommodations for staff, former and current players, partners and consultants who are attending events.
  • Working with Communications department to create all collateral and branding for event properties.
  • Assisting with planning and execution of local meetings, either in the office or DC area.


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.

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.

Salary Cap & Agent Administration

The Salary Cap & Agent Administration Department is responsible for assisting agents and players with contract negotiations, monitoring each team’s salary cap, tracking team cash spending, and each player’s transaction in the Raider database. In addition, the department is responsible for maintaining and administering all aspects of the agent certification program.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting department with filing NFL Player Contracts, Standard Representation Agreements and addendums, agent termination letters and any and all correspondence with the NFLPA and certified agents.
  • Assisting with database information management.
  • Assisting department in mailings to NFLPA certified agents.
  • Updating Key Club Personnel document.
  • Assisting with all Salary Cap/Agent Administration related projects.
  • Assisting other departments as needed and upon approval of Department Head.

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).


The Licensing 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.


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 is he is 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