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What Is It Like to Intern for the NBA?

by | Apr 5, 2021 | Internships

Every basketball fan’s ideal job is working for the NBA. But, how do you get into such a lucrative company? Start out with an NBA internship!

Why do an NBA Internship Program?

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The NBA internship programs are ideal to get hands-on experience within the sports industry. While interns gain work experience, they also get great perks such as attending professional basketball games and NBA events. 

Those who work with the NBA detail their work environment as being highly enjoyable and satisfying. By working for the NBA, it allows for an intern to build a network of people who are in the sports industry. 

For NBA internships, there is the option to work with the NBA league or with a specific NBA team. This is entirely up to the interns’ preference, either one allows for great opportunities. 

Who Should be an NBA Intern?

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The NBA’s internship program looks at undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, first and second-year graduate students, and law school students. 

Do keep in mind that these internships are highly competitive. They are looking for students with strong communication skills, have strong attention to detail, and are highly structured and motivated. The ideal candidate will have past leadership experience. 

The program runs for 10-weeks and is a full-time program. This means that most students choose to do it as a summer internship. 

The NBA offers four seasonal programs. The fall internships begin in September. The winter internships begin in November or December. The spring internships begin in January or February. And, the summer internships begin in June.

Something to consider is taking a semester off to be a full-time intern. To hear about the pros and cons listen here.

In terms of payment, it depends on what organization is hosting the internship. The NBA league offers paid internships, but some NBA teams only have unpaid internships.

To work for the NBA league offices, it requires college students to be in Secaucus, New Jersey, or Manhattan, New York. If unable to relocate, look for positions with specific teams within the NBA or the WNBA. 

How to find an NBA Internship

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To start your search, follow the NBA League LinkedIn page. They post job opportunities, including internships. This allows you to see if your connections work for the NBA. 

Then, look at the site directly. This will be the first place that NBA positions will be posted. They post internships, part-time jobs, entry-level positions, and careers. 

Another resource to utilize when looking at sports industry jobs is TeamWork Online. They answer FAQs about the positions along with the positions themselves. 

NBA Internship Opportunities

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NBA internships have a wide variety of career opportunities in many fields. They range from working with athletes directly to the business development side to working on digital media. 

  • Athletic Training
  • Basketball Operations
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Events
  • Game Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Ticket Sales
  • Human Resources

To learn more about applying for internships and the benefits of doing internships, read the Scholars blog and tune into The Internship Show!

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Internships and early-career jobs are unlike any others. They are often accepted months, if not years, in advance of the start date leaving plenty of time for candidates to change their minds and decide to work elsewhere, costing your team time and money.

There are two ways that have been proven to decrease renege rates for any company: keeping candidates engaged by sharing personalized information and helping them make connections with their future teammates. Companies use Scholars to accomplish both of these at scale.