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2018 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: New Media, Journalism, Marketing

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. 

INDUSTRY: Radio Broadcasting, Production, Media
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

*At this time, only players with ties to the local DC, VA, MD communities will be considered for this opportunity* 

Want people to hear your opinions and the smooth sound of your voice on the radio? The ESPN 980 externship provides media training and first-hand experience with Bram Weinstein, SVP of Reel Media Group, on his midday radio show. If you’re interested in digital and audio media, join the official home of Washington Redskins Football to not only get daily access to the highest level of broadcasting, but also see all the mechanisms that go into creating Game Day broadcasts. 

INDUSTRY: TV Broadcasting, Production, Media
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

*At this time, only players with ties to the local DC, VA, MD communities will be considered for this opportunity* 

Lights, camera, action. Get hands-on experience in sports broadcasting and production with an externship with NBC Sports Washington. Any show is a production - with this experience you’ll be able to see everything that goes into making a successful show directly from NBC Sports on-air talent and producers. You’ll split time between the studio and on site at local sporting events, and if you’re really good, you may just find yourself behind the camera! 

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: 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: Business Management, Tech, Entrepreneurship
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

For business opportunities now and in the future, you want to be in the driver’s seat. An externship with Lyft will expose you to the day-to-day operations at a high-growth company so you can be ready when it’s your turn. This includes hands-on experience in Business Development, Operations, Support and more. Lyft aims to provide an inclusive and diverse atmosphere in Silicon Valley, so your voice will be heard. 

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: Business Management, Tech, Marketing
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

Fans buy tickets to come watch you play – see how it’s done on the other side with an externship at StubHub. You’ll get a first-hand view of operations, marketing, and partnerships with the world’s largest ticket marketplace with tickets available for over 10 million live sports, music and theater events in over 40 countries. 

INDUSTRY: Player Development, Business Management, Marketing
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

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.

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: 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. 

INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management

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 If you have excellent written and oral communication skills, creativity and positive energy, UGA could be the place for you.

INDUSTRY: Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete Development, Program Management
LOCATION: College Park, MD

An externship with University of Maryland Athletic Department provides hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of an ACC athletic department, including academic support, development, marketing, facilities management and compliance. You’ve been through it before, now you can help student-athletes as they prepare for the next phase of their careers. Prepare to be flexible, creative and collaborative in this fast-pace environment.

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. 

INDUSTRY: Tech, Business/Start-Up Management, Product Development

Apply to this externship with the flick of the wrist. WHOOP specializes in wearable technology that helps harness everyone’s inner potential. Choose from two different experience tracks - gain experience in product marketing or athlete engagement and broadcasting. With either, you'll still be able to voice your perspective as an athlete to make this technology even more innovative. You’ll leave this externship with assets for your portfolio and the skills and experience to tackle your next challenge. 


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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