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!
The 2022 NFLPA Externship Program is now closed. Please check back in early 2023 to apply for the program.
2022 Externship Opportunities
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? You will work with the sales team to generate, build and grow relationships between Apartment List and rental properties. You will work with marketing directors and regional property managers remotely within an assigned territory, becoming their marketing expert by building personal relationships, and consistently and competitively winning business. Post sales is vital to any client life cycle so you will also work with the client experience team to identify client challenges and pain points and partner with cross-functional team members (Sales, Product, Analytics, Data Operations) to provide solutions. You will be responsible for key customer success metrics, including customer churn and satisfaction. There are 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. Our belief that “everyone deserves a home they love”, is supported by sports legends (and Apartment List investors!) Alex Rodriguez and Andre Iguodala.
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.
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.
INDUSTRY: Media, Communications
Comcast Corporation, one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, is the owner of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations and a major motion picture company and theme parks. Comcast NBCUniversal is seeking participants who are passionate about working on a team in problem solving situations while displaying creativity.
Externs will be offered Sales/Marketing, Technology, Broadcasting/Production, Human Resources, Retail, and Finance opportunities to further expand their career avenue ideas.
PARTNER: CSM Sports & Entertainment
INDUSTRY: Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Management
CSM is the sport and entertainment firm of the future specializing in connecting people with brands through their passions, and brands with rights’ holders through their shared interests. We are looking for externs who embody our four core values of being Bold, Brave, Open, and Curious, and are motivated by creating end-to-end creative partnerships and actionable stories that come to life through experiences for people, brands, and leagues. We have four opportunities to choose from: Business Development, Consulting, Creative Strategy, and Property Sponsorship Sales and work across various industries including: sports, entertainment, food and beverage, technology, beauty, retail, media and more. Check out our video reel!
PARTNER: Events DC
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!
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
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: 2/28 - 3/18 (Flexible)
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!
PARTNER: International Justice Mission (IJM)
INDUSTRY: Non-Profit Management, Anti-Trafficking, International Development
DATES: 2/22 - 4/1 (Flexible)
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: Madrona Venture Group
INDUSTRY: Venture Capital, Tech
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.
PARTNER: NASA Tech Transfer Workshop
INDUSTRY: Engineering, Tech, Research
DATES: 2/28 - 3/2
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
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: 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.
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: Old Dominion University Athletics
INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Athlete Development
LOCATION: Norfolk, VA (In-Person)
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.
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: Peabody Furniture
INDUSTRY: Real Estate, Workplace Strategy, Office
Peabody Office is the longest standing corporate furniture dealership in New England and a 4th generation family business. With our industry-unique “Best-In-Class” model, we offer our customers real choices and tailored workspace solutions that truly align with their functional and aesthetic aspirations. As a young, dynamic and collaborative group, we seek to invigorate our community with our green initiatives, charity endeavors and educational platform.
Our extern(s) will function as a Workplace Consultant (WC) to create, enhance and sustain beneficial relationships with key decision-makers from end users, GC’s, Project Management firms, Brokers, and Architecture and Design firms. The WC will lead the coordinated actions required to move decision makers and specifiers to push Peabody Office products leading to secured product orders.
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.
PARTNER: Rocket Companies
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: 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
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
DATES: 2/15 - 3/5 (Flexible)
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 experience what it is like to work in a fast-paced office of a CEO!
PARTNER: Zebra Technologies
DATES: 3/14 - 4/1
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.
PLEASE NOTE: PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2023 EXTERNSHIP MUST CURRENTLY BE ON A TEAM ROSTER OR HAVE BEEN UNDER CONTRACT IN 2022.
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