Athletic Intern

University of California, Los Angeles
March 2007

Class Specifications – A.10
Athletic Intern – 4008


The Athletics internship Program provides opportunities for individuals who express an interest in exploring career opportunities in the field of athletics. The Athletic Internship Program is an educational opportunity providing on-the-job learning in a variety of areas in Athletics, e.g. Marketing, Sports Information, Corporate Relations, Compliance, Sports Medicine and Recruiting. Successful candidates in the Athletics Internship Program will have opportunities to apply for full-time positions in Athletics at UCLA and/or other institutions of higher education. 

Athletic internships are generally for a period of one year beginning July 1 and running through June 30. If the supervisor and the intern agree, the internship may be extended for a second-year. However, there will be no extensions beyond two years. 

Assignments given to Interns are designed to prepare the individual for professional positions in the field of Athletics. Because Intern positions require little or no formal training and work is performed under close supervision, the Athletic Intern classification is non-exempt and eligible for overtime pay. Below is a list of typical professional positions in Athletics that participants will have the opportunity to learn. Examples are provided below:

  • Compliance Management
  • Corporate Relations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Recruiting Professional
  • Sports Information Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Operations Management

Athletic Interns will be responsible for working independently with guided on-the-job instructions, feedback and review to determine continued participation in the program. The assignments may be separated by sport. The Intern is likely to be assigned responsibility to a specific sport or sports, whereas full-time staff is most likely to continue to be responsible for major sports such as football or basketball. The Intern will work independently and be responsible for all aspects of that position for his/her sport or sports.

For example, the Marketing Intern may be assigned to men’s baseball and be responsible for all marketing aspects of the baseball program including writing a marketing plan and following through on that plan as needed. The Intern will be expected to support activities associated with marketing functions.

The skills, knowledge and abilities for Intern positions will require little to no previous job experience because the focus of the Internship Program is on developing these knowledge and abilities and providing on-the-job experience. The following criteria will be used is selecting applicants for the Athletic Intern Program:

  • Previous work experience in the related area of Athletics. This may include student, volunteer and/or limited appointments.
  • Demonstrated work skills necessary to plan, organize and prioritize assignments and to work independently to complete assignments.
  • Ability to perform analytical and problem-solve.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated computer skills that include a working knowledge of various computer software packages (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel).
  • Knowledge of the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA rules and regulations is a plus.