Experience the workplace outside of the NFL to enhance your future career potential.

From business and technology to politics and events, work somewhere that fits your specific interests.

  • DATES: February - March | Dependent on Partner
  • LOCATION: Dependent on Partner
  • COST: No cost for participation, travel or lodging

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Please note: Players eligible for the Externship in Spring 2021 must currently be on a team roster or have been under contract in 2020.

Interested in becoming a Partner? Check out our Partner Page.


Look Back at 2020 Opportunities

PARTNER: International Justice Mission (IJM)
INDUSTRY:
Non-Profit Management, Law, Sports Management
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Want to create change? Work alongside global human rights experts and use your voice and skills to propel the work of International Justice Mission, the world's largest international anti-slavery organization. Step into various roles partnering with U.S. and international governments, non-profits, corporations and fellow professional athletes at IJM's pro athlete program, "Team Freedom." Like Sam Acho and Trey Burton of the Chicago Bears, further develop leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of justice, international development, and anti-trafficking efforts at IJM.

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PARTNER: Capitol Hill (United States Congress)
INDUSTRY: Legislation, Advocacy, Policy
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Interested in working with members of Congress on important social issues? Start with an externship on Capitol Hill. With this experience you'll learn the ins and outs of politics, the legislative process, and ways you can create positive change and enhance social justice in your communities.

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PARTNER: University of Texas Athletic Administration
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: Austin, TX

The University of Texas Athletics program is one of the most recognizable brands in all of sports, both nationally and internationally. Everything we do in athletics serves the vision and purpose of our great university. To that end, Texas Athletics not only financially sustains its own operations, but also makes significant annual budget contributions to the UT president’s office for academic initiatives and student and faculty programs. Texas Athletics will define what it means to be the world's best intercollegiate athletics program, instilling the passion, knowledge, and character for all student-athletes to compete to win, to succeed academically, to achieve their dreams in life, and to contribute to society. In our efforts to develop individuals the University of Texas Football team, the University of Texas Athletics is providing an opportunity for an extern to learn from, and contribute to, one of the finest football institutions in the nation.

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PARTNER: NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
LOCATION: Merritt Island, FL

Florida, we are Go for launch! Kennedy Space Flight Center is America’s hub for Government and Commercial space launch activity. With launch providers spanning from NASA to SpaceX, to Boeing, to Blue Origin, to United Launch Alliance to Northrop Grumman, Florida’s Space Coast is busting with rocket launches to low-earth orbit and beyond! This externship will allow you the opportunity to have up close exposure to rocket science, technology development, innovation, commercial partnership and science and research. Our goal is to provide tools that will foster the spirit of networking, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

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PARTNER: Events DC
INDUSTRY: Event Management, Government Relations, Marketing & Communications
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Set the stage for success with Events DC. The official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia can provide you with the skills and experience needed for the conventions & meetings, sports & entertainment, and special events industries. We're looking for an excellent communicator with a creative personality!

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PARTNER: Zebra Technologies
INDUSTRY: Tech
LOCATION: Chicago or NYC

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers the front line of business in retail/ecommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare and other industries to achieve a performance edge. With more than 10,000 partners across 100 countries, we deliver industry-tailored, end-to-end solutions that intelligently connect people, assets and data to help our customers make business-critical decisions. Our market-leading solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care. Ranked on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for the last four years, Zebra helps our customers capture their edge. The purpose of this externship is to prepare players for entry into the business world by providing a thorough understanding of the various functions of the Zebra Technologies organization to include theory and practical application of attained knowledge.

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PARTNER: Everfi
INDUSTRY: Tech, Education
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

EVERFI partners with organizations, institutions, sports leagues, and educators to revolutionize the way education is developed and delivered—using today's technology to connect learning to the real world and equip communities with the skills they need for success in the 21st century. As a result of our existing partnerships with the NFL, NHL, and MLB, EVERFI has built and rolled out national sports league campaigns reaching millions of students nationwide and seeks to continue to build partnerships with athletes and leagues to leverage the powerful platform of sports. Opportunities for this experience include product development, sales, customer success, marketing, and much more!

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PARTNER: University of Virginia Athletic Department
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: Charlottesville, VA

Get hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of an Atlantic Coast Conference athletic department at the University of Virginia. Experience several different aspects of the department including game operations, facilities management, student-athlete development, fundraising, marketing, finance, business operations and compliance. If you have excellent written and oral communication skills, creativity and positive energy, UVA could be the place for you.

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PARTNER: Fanatics
INDUSTRY: Business Management, Marketing, Product Development
LOCATION: Jacksonville, FL

A Fanatics externship is the perfect combination of sports and business. At this top-50 internet retailer company with over 300 online and offline stores, you’ll get the full scope of the company. This includes marketing, technology, business development, manufacturing/fulfillment and in-venue stadium operations. Give input on the fan jerseys with your name on the back!

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PARTNER: Madrona Venture Group
INDUSTRY: Venture Capital, Tech
LOCATION: Seattle, WA

Since 1995, Madrona Venture Group has helped technology entrepreneurs launch and grow world-class companies. The heart and soul of what we do is act as strategic board members and advisors on everything from helping to define business strategy, hiring the best team, to connecting entrepreneurs with the right customers and partners, to advising on key financial decisions and, ultimately, on the IPO and M&A processes. We’ve seen it all and bring decades of experience to the table. With more than 80 portfolio companies, we are involved in a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth that can provide invaluable opportunities to players interested in both leveraging and expanding their skill set, applied in a new area.

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PARTNER: Adfero
INDUSTRY: Communications, Public Relations (PR), Public Affairs
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Passionate about high-profile campaigns and high-stakes messaging? Adfero is a communications agency with an entrepreneurial mindset. They turn challenges into opportunities and relentlessly pursue success for their clients. Adfero partners with a range of organizations-from trade associations and the U.S. government to Fortune 500 companies and non-profits - to create remarkable work with lasting impact. Adfero seeks an extern who is passionate about creative problem solving to join their growing firm. In this role, you will work with multiple account teams on a variety of communications efforts.

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PARTNER: Fox Sports
INDUSTRY: TV Broadcasting, Production, Media
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

Want to know what it’s like to work in sports production? The FOX Sports Externship allows you the opportunity to shadow production executives and learn how shows like, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Inside The Big East, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Speak For Yourself with Whitlock and Wiley are produced and broadcasted for television and digital platforms. Externs will be a part of a rotational program where each week they will work with a different department and observe how the group creates and develops content that is produced for TV and digital platforms. This externship will provide a visual into how shows are created and possibly establish a foundation for future producers and/or executives. NOTE: This opportunity is for LA-based players or those willing to cover their own travel/lodging expenses.

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PARTNER: Gatorade Sports Science Institute
INDUSTRY: Sports Science, Athlete Performance, Coaching
LOCATION: Tampa, FL

Sports science plays an important role in helping athletes optimize their performance and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) has a long history of sports science research, innovation, education, and service testing athletes to help them get the most out of their bodies. Having a 9000+ square foot satellite lab on the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, FL allows GSSI scientists to work where athletes live and train every day. This opportunity will allow you to experience how GSSI executes research and service testing, both in the lab and on the field of play, to create and communicate personalized and impactful strategies aimed at improving sports performance.

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PARTNER: Opendorse
INDUSTRY: Marketing, Tech, Media, Sports
LOCATION: Lincoln, NE

Ready to help athletes from preps to All-Pros build and maximize the value of their brands on social media? Then opendorse, the social media activation partner of NFL players, is ready for you. This is not only an opportunity to expand your skillset beyond the field, but a chance to make a real impact within a company with a vision to help every athlete. This externship will expose you to the full scope of the athlete-driven media and marketing industry, offering hands-on experience in business development and account management alongside many of the top brands, teams, and leagues in sports. Like what you hear? Apply today.

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PARTNER: NFL Players Inc.
INDUSTRY: Business Development, Marketing, Licensing
LOCATION: Washington, DC

NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFLPA, connects businesses to the power of NFL players. NFL Players Inc. creates customized business solutions for partners, through licensing, marketing strategy and player activations. As our extern, you will see how we work tirelessly to make you and your teammates as recognizable and appealing to your fan bases off the field as you are on it. You’ll gain experience within each of the following teams – Business & Legal Affairs, Marketing, Licensing, Partner Services, and Player Services.

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PARTNER: Nifty Games
INDUSTRY: Video Games (Sports), Tech, Production, Design
LOCATION: Bay Area or Los Angeles, CA

Interested in creating world-class original video games, while working directly on licensed sports products in a Silicon Valley startup environment? If YES! then Nifty Games is the perfect place for you. This externship will teach you the ins and outs of video game design, creation and production, while keeping you involved in the world of professional sports. You’ll be able to experience what it takes to create a sports-based video game, and what is required to take the product to market! Apply today!

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PARTNER: Georgia Tech Athletic Department
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech Athletics is a Division I institution and member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with 17 varsity sports that compete at the highest level of NCAA competition. Job experience within GT Athletics would offer exposure to the internal and external operations, including marketing, game day operations, recruiting, student-athlete development, sponsorship and licensing, and working with various units and facilities.

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PARTNER: Brandgenuity and Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA)
INDUSTRY: Business, Licensing
LOCATION: NYC

Licensing is big business! Whether it’s sports and player licensing, entertainment licensing or brand licensing, the industry is growing in the USA and globally. Two leaders in the licensing industry have teamed up for a second year to create a one-of-a kind internship that combines industry knowledge and hands-on practical experience.

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Licensing International


PARTNER: The Players' Tribune
INDUSTRY: New Media, Journalism, Marketing
LOCATION: NYC

Have something to say? Say it with an externship at The Players’ Tribune, where you’ll gain insight into the world of sports media through a unique lens. Help other players craft their message, while working one-on-one with writers/editors, video and photo teams as well as marketing and branding departments.

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PARTNER: ACE Media
INDUSTRY: Media, Content Creation, Production
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Interested in capturing original sports-lifestyle content across all genres and platforms, while working directly for NFL players and other professional athletes? If you answered yes to this question then ACE Media, the NFLPA’s wholly owned content and production company, is the perfect place for you. This externship will teach you the ins and outs of content creation and production, while still keeping you involved in the world of sports. You’ll be able to experience being onsite at production shoots, and may even get to produce a segment yourself!

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PARTNER: University of Georgia Athletic Association
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: Athens, GA

Be a different kind of student-athlete this time around with an externship at The University of Georgia Athletic Association. Get hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of an SEC athletic department, including facilities management, student-athlete development, fundraising, business operations and compliance. You’ll even assist with content for TheGeorgiaWay.com. If you have excellent written and oral communication skills, creativity and positive energy, UGA could be the place for you.

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PARTNER: United Way
INDUSTRY: Community Engagement, Non-Profit & Program Management
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

There’s no shortage of giving and community engagement with NFL players. An externship with United Way can help you not only learn how to affect change on a larger scale but also help brainstorm ideas for how United Way can continue to engage nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. If you want to give back and volunteer as you gain hands-on experience with a mission-focused non-profit, an externship with United Way can be a great place to start. You may also be able to split the time between United Way Worldwide and your local United Way to ensure you’re building relationships at all levels.

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PARTNER: US Chamber of Commerce
INDUSTRY: Advocacy, Business & Community Leadership
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

An externship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides a front row seat to the intersection of business, government and community. This unique opportunity is strategically structured to provide meaningful work experience while enhancing individual skill sets that support your personal career endeavors. With a focus on workforce development, this experience offers foundational skills and the opportunity to engage and network with the Chamber’s many departments of expertise.

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PARTNER: MGM Resorts
INDUSTRY: Entertainment, Sports, Hospitality
LOCATION: Las Vegas, NV

MGM Resorts International develops, builds and operates unique destination resorts designed to provide a total resort experience, including first-class accommodations and dining, world-class entertainment, state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities, and high-quality retail and gaming experiences. With its global footprint externs can be a part of the development and execution of MGM Resorts esports and gaming strategy.

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PARTNER: StubHub
INDUSTRY: Business Management, Tech, Marketing
LOCATION: Bay Area, CA

Fans are the lifeblood of the sports industry, and StubHub is dedicated to providing fan-first access to the events and teams they love most. You’ve mastered the field – see how it’s done on the other side with an externship at StubHub. You’ll have hands-on experience at the world’s largest ticket marketplace, from operations, marketing, and partnerships to see how StubHub supports fans in over 40 countries.

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PARTNER: WHOOP
INDUSTRY: Tech, Business/Start-Up Management, Product Development
LOCATION: Boston, MA

WHOOP is a wearable technology startup that was founded to help athletes unlock their inner potential. Choose from one of three different tracks - join the Software team to discover the inner workings of the technology behind the product, join the Marketing team to gain experience in product marketing, or join the WHOOP business development as they grow their customer base. With any of the above, you'll be able to voice your perspective as an athlete to make this technology even more innovative. You’ll leave the externship with assets for your portfolio and new contacts in the technology startup world.

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PARTNER: ByteCubed Labs
INDUSTRY: Sports Tech
LOCATION: Washington, DC

ByteCubed Labs is a sports tech company that combines real-time player data with augmented and virtual reality to provide a suite of training and fan engagement products that revolutionize the way coaches, players, and fans experience their favorite sport. This externship will give players the opportunity to learn how their experiences as athletes can be used to create the ultimate VR gaming experiences for sports fans worldwide. Come join us if you want to be a part of revolutionizing the world of sports!

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PARTNER: Financial Finesse
INDUSTRY: Financial Services, Financial Coaching & Education, Holistic Wellness
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

As the official Financial Wellness Partner of the NFLPA, Financial Finesse is seeking an extern interested in learning more about creative and entrepreneurial approaches to personal finance and the economic opportunities playing professional football provides. This player should be especially interested in learning more about strategies to leverage their football career as a catalyst in growing their wealth and impact in business, philanthropy, and advocacy. We hope to build on the success of last year’s externship experience with Carl Nassib and create a three-week immersive experience.

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PARTNER: NASA Johnson Space Center
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
LOCATION: Houston, TX

This externship introduces you to NASA’s state-of-the-art technologies and how you can use them to start a business. You’ll learn how NASA technologies can turn into commercial products through technology transfer. You’ll meet scientists, technology managers, and business professionals who will share their knowledge in their respective fields of expertise. You’ll see NASA labs firsthand and connect with NASA’s network of experts. If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an entrepreneur in the tech industry, this externship is for you!

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Have questions? Check out our FAQs.

Please note: Players eligible for the Spring 2021 Externship must currently be on a team roster or have been under contract in 2020.

Interested in becoming a Partner? Check out our Partner Page.


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