Even more than in other industries, internships are critical to young professionals starting a career in sports. Temporary jobs, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to one year, internships are entry level positions at sports related companies that allow students or recent graduates to learn the basics involved in a particular field.
As what industry insiders refer to as a “glamour industry,” the sports business arena is a highly competitive space. This means that the demand for sports jobs is much greater than the available supply. Employers are looking for a way to differentiate the quality candidates, while job seekers are looking to find an edge to rise above the masses. Internships, therefore, are a perfect solution. Companies receive cheap labor and an “extended interview” period that allows them to evaluate interns for potential future employment. Interns, in turn, gain real world experience and the opportunity to build their network and resume.
It is not uncommon for a sports internship to lead to a job offer. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, respondents reported that they extended offers for full-time employment to nearly 70% of students who served internships with their organizations one year; several years prior they offered jobs to just 57%. If you get the right opportunity and make a great impression, you too can be part of that group.