Do you love sports? Perhaps you’ve been an athlete for a good portion of your life or maybe you’re just an avid fan. In either case, a career where you can combine a love of sports with other talents and interests might be for you. Most sports career opportunities exist outside of professional athletic organizations. Sports journalism, coaching, athlete management and representation, sports marketing, broadcasting and entertainment, sports medicine, facilities management—one of these areas could be the perfect niche for you. You could be looking for opportunities across many different industries from communications to medicine to law. If you are interested in an internship or job where sports are involved, be aware that your search will need to be far-reaching and imaginative. Networking with alumni and other individuals will also prove invaluable in a job or internship search in sports.
Alumni Careers Network
Alumni have VOLUNTEERED to have students contact them for advice and information about majors and careers. The Alumni Careers Network
(ACN), with 4,500 volunteers worldwide, is a searchable on-line database of Princeton alumni who are willing and eager for you to contact them so they can provide you with advice and assistance about their industry or career field.
All Sports Directory
- Subscription service (offers a one-time fee lifetime subscription) that lists over 4,000 contacts including sports team addresses, sports marketing companies, and sports medicine clinics.
- Professional services for the athletic community, including jobs, resumes, camps, clinics/seminars and open competition dates.
- A subscription-based program that features a database of sports internships, full-time employment opportunities and names and contact information for all of the major sports franchises.
NCAA Job Openings
- Job opportunities for student athletes as well as other individuals in college coaching and athletic administration.
Taz Sports Coaches Connection
- Subscription service listing jobs in high schools, and colleges.
- Web-based hiring and recruiting tools and networks designed for professional sports.
- Provides nationwide job database, resume services, networking events, sports career seminars, resume bank for employers, and more.
Selected Professional Associations
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases and opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.
Associated Press Sports Editors
- This site has a job board for internships and jobs with a subscriber fee. Lots of information about the field.
Association for Applied Sport Psychology
- This organization is a certifying organization, with a strong student following supporting the study and practice of sport, exercise and health psychology.
Association for Women in Sports Media
- This nonprofit organization acts as a support, advocate and network for women in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, and public and media relations.
represents managers and senior executives of convention centers, arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters, providing education, conferences, etc.
National Athletic Trainers Association
- A strong career center posts jobs and information for students, including salary survey for athletic trainers and health care professionals who collaborate with physicians.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
- Promotes integration of intercollegiate athletics into higher education.
Sports Lawyers Association
- This organization disseminates information about different areas of sports law and provides a forum for discussion. There is a law student membership.
Women in Sports and Events
- This association is the leading voice for women in sports and events. There is a student membership, chapters throughout the company and a job/internship board.