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. Experiences typically run for 1-3 weeks and include job shadowing, project work, networking and more!


  • DATES: February 20 – March 31, 2023 | Dependent on Partner
  • LOCATION: Dependent on Partner | Some opportunities may be virtual
  • COST: No cost for participation

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities will again be facilitated virtually. Opportunities listed as "in-person" are still pending and subject to postponement and other potential protocols.

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2023 Externship Opportunities

INDUSTRY: Athlete Development

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.

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PARTNER: Brandgenuity & Licensing International
INDUSTRY: Business, Licensing
Combination of Virtual & In-Person (Las Vegas, NV)
June 12 - June 17, 2023

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.


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PARTNER: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
INDUSTRY: Fitness, Training
East Chula Vista, CA

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center rests on a 155-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Reservoir. The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center has sport venues and support facilities for more than a dozen summer Olympic and Paralympic sports, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports. The CVEATC offers support to athletes including housing, dining, training facilities, local transportation, recreational facilities, athlete services, and professional development programs. Typically, elite athletes are selected to train here by their respective sport federation or National Governing Body.

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INDUSTRY: Event Management, Government Relations, Marketing & Communications

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: Fanatics
INDUSTRY: Business Management, Marketing, Product Development
LOCATION: Jacksonville, FL (In-Person)
DATES: February 13 - March 2, 2023

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: Financial Finesse
INDUSTRY: Financial Services, Financial Coaching & Education, Holistic Wellness
Flexible in February & March

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.

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PARTNER: Forbes Tate Partners
INDUSTRY: Legislation, Policy, Public Affairs
LOCATION: Combination of Virtual & In-Person (Washington, DC)

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!

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PARTNER: Fox Sports
INDUSTRY: TV Broadcasting, Production, Media
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA; In-Person
DATES: February 20 - March 10, 2023

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.

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

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: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Non-Profit Management, Anti-Trafficking, International Development
: Virtual

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, but you’ll also encounter an externship tailored to your professional interests and goals. Step into one of the various roles partnering with U.S. and international governments, non-profits, corporations and other partners, all while receiving 1:1 career mentoring.

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PARTNER: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
INDUSTRY: Government
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA (In-Person)
DATES: February 27-March 3, 2023

Are you interested in a future career in government and law enforcement? Want to know what a day in the life of a police officer entails? The LAPD Externship allows you the opportunity to receive world-class training from the staff at the LAPD. Training will cover many of the following disciplines: officer recruitment and the application process, patrol, mental health intervention, communications, etc. Learn more about this opportunity below.

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PARTNER: NASA Tech Transfer Workshop
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
Merritt Island, FL

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!

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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: Next Play Capital
INDUSTRY: Venture Capital

Next Play Capital is an investment platform structured to provide specialized investors access to venture capital through integrated exposure to venture funds, direct investments, and joint venture partnerships. In addition to our investors, venture partners, and portfolio companies, our platform is also deeply rooted in current and former professional athletes, Olympians, influencers, and other thought leaders. We strive to connect all aspects of our community in all that we do to ultimately outsize returns for our investors and cross-pollinate the various aspects of our platform for the betterment of each individual or organization.

With two co-founders and two current partners being former NFL veterans, Next Play Capital is committed to helping develop current and former football players’ knowledge of and interest in venture capital. With this externship, you will have the opportunity to not only learn the various aspects of our firm and industry, but you will also have the opportunity to help shape the future of other athletes’ experiences and educational opportunities.

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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.

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PARTNER: On The Mark
: Grooming, Barber

On The Mark is a grooming experience for men, established in 2004, created to be a conduit within the communities they operate in. Apply for this experience to learn from Mark, the premiere barber for all four men's professional sports teams in Seattle, and his elite team. Study the skills it takes to become a successful barber and build a brand with clear values and vision.

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

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: The Draft Network
INDUSTRY: Media, Podcasts, Scouting
: Flexible

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.

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

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: Zebra Technologies

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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