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The NFLPA Externship is the premier opportunity for NFL players to gain valuable experience with top organizations across the country. Become an extern and prepare for opportunities now and in the future. From business and technology to politics and events, this program is designed with you in mind.

DATES
February 10 - March 6, 2020  |  Dependent on Partner
LOCATION
Dependent on Partner
 
COST
No cost for participation, travel or lodging

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LOOK BACK AT 2019 OPPORTUNITIES

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! Like what you hear? Apply today!

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.

PARTNER: Catapult
INDUSTRY: Venture Capital Investing
LOCATION: Bay Area, CA

Catapult Ventures is a new seed-stage focused technology fund in silicon valley investing in the next wave of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. This externship will provide an opportunity to learn how a seed fund works -- from sourcing and doing due diligence on new investment opportunities, to managing existing portfolio companies, to maintaining close contact with investors in the fund. The extern will have the opportunity to shadow the two Co-Founders and Managing Directors of Catapult Ventures, visit several startups, learn how to run a full diligence process, as well as build financial models to help track the progress of each investment. Venture capital is a fast paced world where no two days are the same, and we promise to provide a glimpse into the future of technology development in areas like autonomous trucking, robotic farming, and UAVs.

 

PARTNER: Discovery Education
INDUSTRY: Tech, Education
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Come learn how you can help power the future of education with this opportunity.

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. If you’re an excellent communicator with a creative personality, apply now!

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!

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!

PARTNERS: 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.

PARTNER: Gatorade Sports Science Institute
INDUSTRY:
 Sports Science, Athlete Performance, Coaching
LOCATION: Bradenton, 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.

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. 

PARTNER: Headspace
INDUSTRY:
 Tech, Business/Start-Up Management, Product Development
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

Headspace teaches you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. They have hundreds of meditations, including programs designed to train athletes’ minds in eight distinct areas: motivation, focus, training, competition, communication, analysis, recovery and rehabilitation. Some of the most elite athletes in the world have turned to Headspace to improve their preparation, performance, and recovery. The company has forged robust partnerships with many of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Nike, the NBA and more. In this role, you will work with the Head of Sports and Fitness to design a mental trainig program specific for football athletes while also getting exposed to the additional areas of work that keep Headspace running!

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.

PARTNER: Complex
INDUSTRY: New Media, Journalism, Marketing
LOCATION: NYC

Do it for the culture. Complex publishes some of the most diverse and relevant voices today – why not be a part of it? This externship will allow you to gain experience in editorial, video and other multimedia. If you’re creative, witty and have something to say, this externship is a great opportunity for you. 

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

Licensing is big business! Whether it’s sports and player, entertainment, 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 internship that combines industry knowledge and hands-on practical experience. At LIMA (the licensing industry’s trade association) you will engage with leading experts to understand how licensing works, master key terms, and learn about how partners are selected and deals forged. You’ll also tour retail with members of the LIMA team to gain a greater understanding of how licensed products find their way to stores. At Brandgenuity, a leading global licensing agency, you’ll be intimately involved in putting theory into practice. Join the team for meetings at the New York Toy Fair as they prospect for licensing partners on behalf of agency clients, negotiate license agreements and facilitate the product development and approvals process. You will work directly with Brandgenuity partners and senior directors as they brainstorm ideas and research new companies and categories for licensing.

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

Considering a post-football career in law enforcement? The LAPD is hosting a week long training program specifically designed for you. You will gain a thorough understanding of what is required to undertake a career as a police officer and receive expert training from LAPD academy. You will also be exposed to a variety of skills associated with the position of a police officer. The training will encompass many of the following disciplines: Patrol, Investigations, Mental Health Intervention, Specialized Units (Aviation, S.W.A.T., Marine, K-9), Intelligence and Counterterrorism.

PARTNER: NASA - Goddard Space Center
INDUSTRY:
 Tech, Entrepreneurship, Engineering
LOCATION: Greenbelt, MD

Houston, we have an externship. Want an experience that’s out of this world? An externship with NASA will give you first hand experience on innovative, cutting edge technologies of science and space exploration. Beyond the science and technology, this experience will teach you to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities for technology-based ventures and gain exposure to other resources enabling the continuation of technological development and how to commercialize them. 

PARTNER: The Ohio State University Football
INDUSTRY:
 Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: Columbus, OH

Ohio State Football is breaking into the Externship for the first time this year. You will have the opportunity to learn from each department (recruiting, player development, nutrition, strength and conditioning, etc.), work alongside the Director of Player Development on "Real Life Wednesdays," and shadow other staff and areas of the athetlic administrative office as you learn what it takes to work in one of the premiere programs in the country!

PARTNER: Panini
INDUSTRY: Business Management, Product Development, Marketing
LOCATION: Irving, TX

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. 

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. 

PARTNER: The Trust
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.

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 George 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.

PARTNER: Under Armour
INDUSTRY:
 Business Management, Marketing, Product Development
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD

Under Armour makes you better. Spend a week at the Global Headquarters getting a closer look at how this simple mission statement becomes a reality and powers athletes to new heights. Meet teammates from across the company and join one of several groups during the program to experience the Brand from the inside. By participating, Players will discover the company's history and understand how a product starts with innovation, gets developed and goes to market. Finally, each participant will join a team to immerse themselves in an organization and discover where that group fits into our global business.

PARTNER: UNINTERRUPTED
INDUSTRY:
 New Media, Journalism, Marketing
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

Founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, UNINTERRUPTED is a digital media platform run by athletes for all lovers of sport. Producing entertaining, insightful and authentic content, UNINTERRUPTED empowers athletes to create stories that are most important to them. As sports media and cultural influence continues to expand, UNINTERRUPTED is committed to the voice of athletes and the audience that wants to go deeper. The UNINTERRUPTED H.A.W.K. Internship is designed for Hardworking, Ambitious, Wry/Witty and Knowledgeable players looking to develop, contribute and grow with an authentic, insightful and entertaining sports media platform.

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.

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. 

PARTNER: WeWork Labs
INDUSTRY:
 Tech, Business/Start-Up Management, Corporate Innovation
LOCATION: NYC

WeWork Labs is a new business unit created to make WeWork the long-term friend and partner to early-stage startups, helping them fulfill their destiny, and to power all organizations that share the same intention. We offer a global platform that helps startups grow and succeed through community, education, mentorship, investments, press and more. With WeWork, you'll have the option to focus either on programming (learning how to evolve their exisitng products) or on partnerships (helping to advance new and existing relationships across their startup spaces and corporate innovation).

PARTNER: StubHub
INDUSTRY: Business Management, Tech, Marketing
LOCATION: San Francisco, 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. 

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.

PARTNER: NFLPA
INDUSTRY: Player Development, Business Management, Marketing
LOCATION: Washington, DC

As the union for you and your teammates, the NFLPA is always looking for players’ perspectives. The NFLPA extern will lead player-focused projects and get exposed to any department of interest including working with NFL Players Inc. and ACE Media. Gain first-hand experience in the work of your union, travel to events like the NFL Combine and the NFLPA Rep Meeting, and find ways to develop existing services and programs (or create new ones) made specifically for players like you. Let your voice be heard and create change in the place that represents you.

 

Please note: Players eligible for the Externship must currently be on a team roster or have been under contract in 2018.

 

A LOOK BACK

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2014
 
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