Experience the workplace outside of the NFL to enhance your future career potential.
From business and technology to nonprofits and advocacy, work somewhere that fits your specific interests.
- DATES: February 8 – March 5 | Dependent on Partner
- LOCATION: All opportunities will be virtual for the 2021 program
- COST: No cost for participation
2021 Externship Opportunities
INDUSTRY: Communications, Public Relations (PR), Public Affairs
DATES: 2/8 - 2/19
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.
PARTNER: Apartment List
INDUSTRY: Technology, Real Estate
We’re passionate about building a world-class team, as we believe that exceptionally talented people are the key to delivering a great rental experience at every turn. We provide a unique opportunity to grow by being surrounded with a team of brilliant and experienced individuals and leaders. Our team is dedicated to cultivating personal and professional development by creating a culture of feedback, transparency, innovation, passion, learning and winning. Want an experience that makes a difference? There're over 100 million renters in the US, and at Apartment List, we strive every day to remove the hassle from renting and make the process better for every single one of them.
INDUSTRY: Athlete Development
DATES: 2/8 - 2/26
At AthLife, we educate, develop, and empower athletes so they can meet and exceed their career, academic and professional development goals once they transition beyond their successes on the courts or the fields. With this experience, you'll learn how we guide clients through a process that builds skills and confidence, thus enabling them to assume control over their ongoing professional development. Established in 2004, AthLife, Inc is a privately owned company that holds service contracts with many sports and entertainment properties including the NBA & G League, NFLPA, The Trust (powered by the NFLPA), Major League Soccer, Major League Soccer Players Association, National Basketball Retired Players Association, Marvel Entertainment, and college and university athletic departments.
PARTNER: Brandgenuity & Licensing International
INDUSTRY: Business, Licensing
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 to create a one-of-a kind virtual internship that combines industry knowledge and hands-on practical experience.
PARTNER: Capitol Hill (United States Congress)
INDUSTRY: Legislation, Advocacy, Policy
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.
PARTNER: Events DC
INDUSTRY: Event Management, Government Relations, Marketing & Communications
DATES: 2/22 - 3/5 (flexible)
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!
INDUSTRY: Tech, Education
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!
PARTNER: Financial Finesse
INDUSTRY: Financial Services, Financial Coaching & Education, Holistic Wellness
DATES: 2/8 - 3/1 (flexible)
Are you interested in a future career in the financial industry or want to learn how to improve your own financial IQ? As the official Financial Wellness partner of the NFLPA, Financial Finesse provides current and former NFL players with guidance to help them reach their financial goals.
Opportunities for NFL players are out there, but only the prepared will be able to take advantage. During this three-week externship, you will work alongside our Certified Financial Planners to help you build your own financial plan, learn how to grow your wealth and understand what it takes to have your own career as a financial professional after football.
PARTNER: Forbes Tate Partners
INDUSTRY: Legislation, Policy, Public Affairs
DATES: 2/22 - 3/5
Forbes Tate Partners is a government and public affairs consulting firm that provides bipartisan government and public affairs services. This experience introduces players to lobbying, public relations, grassroots advocacy, and full-scale campaign development. Be prepared to develop your analytical skills, written/oral communication, and creativity!
INDUSTRY: Start-up, Tech, Non-profit
Generous is a start-up technology company that makes philanthropy more accessible and more rewarding for all. We partner with non-profits, corporations, media organizations, celebrities, and other influencers to reach the public with timely and compelling donation opportunities. Overall, we believe in the power of non-profit organizations and fundraising initiatives that help communities rally together. We’re excited to work with you in this experience to see if and how we can tailor a product to professional athletes.
PARTNER: International Justice Mission (IJM)
INDUSTRY: Non-Profit Management, Anti-Trafficking, International Development
DATES: 2/22 - 3/5
Join the legacy of IJM’s “Team Freedom,” pro athlete families who are working alongside global human rights experts, lawyers and other professionals at International Justice Mission (IJM). Not only will you impact the work to rescue and restore survivors of trafficking and violence, you’ll encounter an externship tailored to your professional interests and goals. Step into one of various roles partnering with U.S. and international governments, non-profits, corporations and other partners, all while receiving 1:1 career mentoring.
PARTNER: NASA Tech Transfer Workshop
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
DATES: 3/1 - 3/3
This virtual 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 connect with scientists, technology managers, and business professionals who will share their knowledge in their respective fields of expertise. After course graduation, you’ll be invited to visit a NASA center to 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!
PARTNER: NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
LOCATION: Merritt Island, FL
DATES: 2/8 - 3/5 (flexible)
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.
PARTNER: NFL Players Inc.
INDUSTRY: Business Development, Marketing, Licensing
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.
PARTNER: Nifty Games
INDUSTRY: Video Games (Sports), Tech, Production, Design
DATES: 2/8 - 3/5 (flexible)
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!
PARTNER: Old Dominion University Athletics
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Athlete Development
DATES: 2/15 - 3/5
In support of the Old Dominion University mission, the Department of Athletics recruits and develops a diverse population of highly skilled student-athletes that compete at the NCAA Division I level. Our commitment is to enable student-athletes to reach their full potential academically, athletically, and as citizens. We enrich the campus experience and serve as a gateway to the University by enhancing its visibility and reputation. This opportunity will allow an individual to experience working in a high impact athletic environment and will give the extern an insight into the ins and outs of intercollegiate athletics.
PARTNER: OneTeam Partners
INDUSTRY: Sports Business, Licensing, Marketing
OneTeam Partners aligns with world-class Players Associations and helps athletes maximize their name, image, and likeness rights by focusing on four key areas: group licensing, athlete marketing, content and venture investing. With this externship, you will gain an understanding of operations within a sports licensing and athlete marketing firm in addition to assisting in the development of programs that benefit OneTeam and/or our partner's members.
INDUSTRY: Marketing, Tech, Media, Sports
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.
PARTNER: Rocket Mortgage
INDUSTRY: Financial Services/Technology (FinTech)
Rocket Mortgage is the nation’s largest mortgage lender. Rocket Mortgage provided the first completely online mortgage experience which gives consumers the ability import and verify financial information, customize their mortgage, get approved and lock their rate without speaking to a human being. Together with nearly 100 brands across a broad range of industries, from real estate to sports, we make up the Rock Family of Companies. We believe that finding a better way is the only way. It’s our job to make our clients’ lives easier. During our externship players will learn how to translate their skills from the field to the workplace by attending a variety of workshops, shadowing one on one with team members and leaders in various business areas of their interest as well as our Family of Companies, networking with senior leaders, learning about our company culture, and so much more!
PARTNER: Target Accelerators
INDUSTRY: Entrepreneurship, Retail, Innovation
DATES: 2/15 - 3/5 (flexible)
Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a team that is building a competitive advantage for Target. The team is working with a start-up mentality with the resources and strengths of a fortune 500 company. You will be part of a team that is pushing the boundaries on possibilities for Target, working with emerging world-class companies and unlocking new ways of working across the organization. This role will give you an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in retail, intersect retail and entrepreneurship, and experience managing multiple projects.
PARTNER: The Draft Network
INDUSTRY: Media, Podcasts, Scouting
The Draft Network (TDN) is the most dynamic, progressive collection of football analysts and scouts ever assembled. Designed as the first company to ever provide extensive, year-round coverage of the NFL Draft, TDN hones into the diehard fan bases of the NFL and College Football to provide analysis through an NFL Draft and roster-building lens. TDN operates as Front Office 33. The Draft Network offers two different opportunities one in scouting and one in media training.
PARTNER: United Way
INDUSTRY: Community Engagement, Non-Profit & Program Management
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.
PARTNER: University of Virginia Athletic Department
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
DATES: 2/15 - 3/5
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.
INDUSTRY: Tech, Business/Start-Up Management, Product Development
Our mission at WHOOP is to unlock human performance. We believe that every individual has an inner potential that can be enhanced through continuous monitoring. As such we’ve built a system across hardware, software, and analytics designed to collect and analyze the most important data on the human body. Today, WHOOP is fortunate to monitor professional athletes, the military, aspirational fitness enthusiasts, Fortune 500 CEOs, executives, doctors, construction workers, and more. The common theme across our population? The desire to improve and perform at a higher level. This externship is offering two separate opportunities for you to consider - take a deep dive into our talent and recruiting team or into how we engage in research or case study development with other thought leaders (partners and or partnerships) that help to strengthen WHOOP as a leader in Human Performance.
PARTNER: Zebra Technologies
DATES: 2/15 - 3/5
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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