The National Football League (NFL) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) have announced a partnership to offer four summer internships for students at the League’s New York headquarters and Los Angeles office. The NFL-NABJ internship program will offer students seeking content opportunities in sports a hands-on, unmatched, and behind-the-scenes learning experience. Interns will be placed with NFL Communications (New York City), the NFL Media Group (Los Angeles), or NFL Football Operations (New York City).
“We could not be more excited to partner with NABJ and the NABJ Sports Task Force on this inaugural internship program, said DASHA SMITH, NFL Executive Vice President, and Chief People Officer. “Diversity and inclusion are strategic imperatives, not just for the NFL, but for all professional sports organizations. This new partnership will be a key part of fostering a diverse workplace and developing a pipeline for future industry leaders in sports media.”
“NABJ is thrilled to partner with the NFL to create opportunities for the next generation to gain hands-on experience in sports journalism and communications,” said DOROTHY TUCKER, NABJ President. I am appreciative of the leadership and dedication of NFL Vice President for Talent Management Galen Gordon in bringing this program to fruition. With Galen’s help, we have created a service to our students that aligns with NABJ’s goal of promoting more diversity in sports media. The NFL has partnered with us at our conventions, and we are proud that our partnership has now expanded into this internship program.”
“By providing diverse students with early exposure to fast-paced communications at the most popular professional sports league in the U.S., this new internship program will serve as a valuable laboratory for the next generation of storytellers and sports communicators,” said JOCELYN MOORE, NFL Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.
“The partnership between the NFL and the NABJ represents a tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand media and communications from the business side of football,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “This understanding of sports communications will have a lifetime impact on those who will become the next generation of influencers.”
“The League has expansive owned and operated media platforms, providing world-class content experiences to NFL fans across a variety of mediums,” said DAVID JURENKA, NFL Media Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Business Operations. “This program will allow talented interns to contribute to that vast array of content, and we’re eager to provide even more opportunities for future creatives in sports communications through the NFL’s partnership with NABJ.”
The new partnership will augment the NFL’s current summer internship program, providing selected students with the opportunity to explore all aspects of the business of professional football through challenging project assignments, speaker presentations, mentoring relationships, and networking opportunities. Each intern will also receive a sponsored trip to the 2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention and Career Fair which will take place in Washington, D.C. from July 8, 2020, to July 12, 2020. During the convention, interns will work as content creators for the NABJ’s Sports Task Force website and social media channels. As part of the program, all interns will be assigned a mentor selected by the Chair of the NABJ’s Sports Task Force, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
The application deadline for the 2020 NFL-NABJ Summer Internship is Friday, January 17, 2020. To be considered, the applicant must be an NABJ student member and a rising senior, graduating in either fall of 2020 or spring of 2021. To view the application and a full list of requirements click here.
X X X
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of more than 4,000 journalists, students, and media-related professionals. The association provides innovative, quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of Black journalists worldwide. Founded in 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation.
About the NABJ Sports Task Force
NABJ’s Sports Task Force is an arm of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) dedicated to promoting diversity in America’s sports departments and providing programming to develop the next wave of sports journalists.