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NFLPA Externship


Prepare for opportunities now and in the future with experience from top companies around the country with the NFLPA Externship. From broadcasting and technology to politics and events, this program is designed with you in mind. 

  • Get hands-on experience
  • Discover career and industry interests
  • Work with elite companies
  • Build your network
  • Gain confidence for your future endeavors

Take a look back at the 2017 Externship to learn more about the experience.

Interested in hosting NFL players as externs with your company? Apply here.


February 12 - March 2, 2018

Dependent on host company

No cost for participation, travel or housing

January 15, 2018

Please note: Players eligible for the Externship must currently be on a team roster or have been on contract in 2017.

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INDUSTRY: Legislation, Advocacy, Policy
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

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: 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 several areas of the hospitality industry. If you’re an excellent communicator with a creative personality, apply now!

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!

INDUSTRY: Business Management, Product Development, Marketing

Panini is your exclusive trading card partner, but this externship is about more than just trading cards. Panini strives to always be authentic, so you'll see the whole process from product development to acquisitions (player signing sessions, identifying players to target) and marketing. Bring new ideas from your perspective while learning the trading card business. 

INDUSTRY: Non-Profit Management, Law, Sports Management
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Want to create change? Work alongside top global leaders while using your voice and skills for good to have an impact at 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." Further develop leadership skills while gaining a greater understanding of justice, human rights, and anti-trafficking issues at IJM, like Max Garcia of the Denver Broncos.

INDUSTRY: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

Looking to make a difference? Come join the LAPD for a week of fast-paced training in community engagement, public safety and law enforcement. You'll learn what it takes to become a police officer and also discover new ways to serve and strengthen the communities around you.

INDUSTRY: Player Outreach, Program Management
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Gain experience in marketing, social media, and programs/events while helping to provide services to NFL players who have earned these benefits through their years of service in the league. As an NFL player, your perspective is instrumental in how The Trust will market its programs and services to players. If you want your voice to be heard while providing services to your fellow players, join The Trust for your externship.

INDUSTRY: Business Management, Marketing, Product Development
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD

Under Armour’s mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation. Get a taste of this culture and how they’ve grown their brand to be one of the top in the sports world. Bring every ounce of your competitive drive, hunger for greatness and relentlessness to learn about the business and the brand of Under Armour. Wrap up the week by digging in to your creativity and developing your own project to pitch to the business unit of your choice.

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. 


Please note: Players eligible for the Externship must currently be on a team roster or have been on contract in 2017.

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