Applying for a sports internship may seem daunting at first, but the process shouldn’t be if you go into it prepared. First of all, you want to choose the right sports organization for you- one that you feel will help develop your skills and put you alongside colleagues that are positive examples, as well as fun to be around. With so many organizations out there, how do you pick the one that will offer what you need? Here are 3 big tips to consider before you send out those applications.
Stick with what you know
So your major is in marketing, physical therapy or maybe even photography. There are so many positions in the sports industry that allows you to utilize the skills you learned in class- it just takes a bit of research to find the right opportunities geared towards your major. All because you want to work in sports one day doesn’t mean you have to apply for internships that have nothing to do with what you studied. From tournament operations to marketing- there are internships that will cultivate what you’ve learned and help you transition into your career.
Don’t only apply for the big boys
Everyone knows the larger sports organizations, from the NFL to the NBA and beyond, and many dream of scoring an internship with one. But, this leads to a highly competitive market for interns. Instead, focus your interests elsewhere. Sure, apply for your top choice organizations, but take a look at lesser known ones, such as with local clubs, tournaments, youth sports or charity groups. They all offer fantastic experience that is sports related and can help you network and advance to a solid position that launches your career.
Know what’s right for you
An internship takes time. Even though it’s only for a few months, you’ll have to show up for your internship as if you were showing up for work. This can get tricky if you’re balancing college classes and a paid job. That’s why it’s a good idea not to overlook what you need to get the most out of an internship. How are the hours? Will you be required to travel? What benefits are offered? These are all vital questions to consider. It isn’t uncommon for an internship to be unpaid, so then what do they offer in terms of experience, like If you travel, will accommodation be provided? Explore all of the benefits offered, and most importantly, get an idea of what your duties will be when working with the organization. They should be able to provide candidates with thorough information regarding what they expect, what the job will be like and how it will impact their college credit.