Women Leaders in College Sports Internship Program

Women Leaders in College Sports is a 501(c)(3) leadership organization dedicated to empowering, developing and advancing the success of women. Women Leaders is a powerful, dynamic network of women in sports who are blazing the path for future leaders. We provide educational programming, professional and personal development opportunities, information exchange and support services to promote the growth and leadership of women as administrators, coaches and student-athletes. Women Leaders serves nearly 3,000 members representing more than 600 institutions nationwide.

Annually, Women Leaders in College Sports hires two Membership Services Interns to join its energetic and collaborative team in our Kansas City office in the lively Crossroads District. These are full-time, 12-month, paid positions, beginning in December and running through the following December.

Applications for the 2018 internship program will open in June 2017 and run through August 2017. Interviews will be conducted in August and applicants notified of their status by September 2017. It is our hope that the two selected candidates are able to attend the National Convention in October (all expenses covered by Women Leaders in College Sports), before arriving in Kansas City in December 2017 to begin the internship. 

Internship duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of membership services, including membership retention and renewal, the Advancement Initiative and member engagement opportunities and benefits
  • Website and association management system support
  • Day-to-day administrative tasks including answering phones and general office support
  • Assistance with all programming and events including the Women Leaders in College Sports National Rally, institutes and regional programming
  • Social media support

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities
  • Excellent organizational skills with proven attention to detail

Additional Benefits:

  • Opportunity to explore and gain experience in areas of nonprofit/association management
  • Development of skills transferable to many careers in athletics and nonprofit organizations
  • Networking opportunities with women in all areas and levels of intercollegiate athletics
  • Industry-leading professional development and educational leadership training
  • $500 professional development grant to shadow/site visit or attend additional industry programming
  • Work with a dynamic team who is passionate about the growth, leadership and success of women as leaders

Former Women Leaders (formerly known as NACWAA) interns have gone on to see successful careers, both within and outside of intercollegiate athletics:

"Interning with NACWAA has been instrumental in my development in the field of collegiate athletics. During my time, I have been exposed to a variety of operations needed to serve our members. As a NACWAA intern, I have been able to meet many individuals creating lasting and sustaining relationships that will prove to be vital as I begin my career search shortly. During my time with NACWAA, I have been tasked with important projects to assist in successfully connecting with our over 3,000 members. Working along side each director and attending programming such as the Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA), I have developed skills essential to have a successful career in athletics. Not only has my lens on college athletics has become more broad and perspectives evolved but I have been pushed to excel at my highest level and learn what success truly means."

Rachel Steward
Intern 2015

"NACWAA helped shape my career by transforming me into a more take charge individual. I can now say that in my current role I am usually the first to volunteer or step up when my team needs me. One of the important takeaways I learned from my time spent at NACWAA is that you must be able to do things that others are not willing to do in order to advance. My advice for future interns would be to let your superiors know what you are interested because you never know who you might meet or what opportunity might arise for you to take the lead on."

Katherine Williams
Recreational Director
City of Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation
Intern 2014-2015

"Working with NACWAA is the best life changing experience I can ask for on my career path. What we believe and what we do make this job not only a job but also a fun journey full of opportunities that allow me to learn from the best, share inspirations and achieve greatness with a group of talented and passionate women. NACWAA has shaped me into a confident and strong person I am today. The connections with people I meet through NACWAA continuously support me in many ways even we are thousand miles away. My gratitude toward NACWAA will never end and whatever good things I may create in the future it all begins with the inspired year I spend at NACWAA."

Shiang Tsao
Athlete Program Director
Taiwan Triathlon Co.
Intern 2014

"NACWAA gave me a broad perspective on issues that affect collegiate sports as a whole. Furthermore, being around the board of directors and merely listening, I learned how to ask better questions. I think this has allowed me to approach issues with a much more critical eye."

Stephanie Baugh
Life Skills Coordinator
California State University, Long Beach
Intern 2011-2012



"The greatest benefit that I received from the NACWAA internship, aside from the pleasure of working with the wonderful people at the National Office, was exposure to key players at the highest levels of athletics administration. As a NACWAA intern I felt that I had the unique opportunity to continue the legacy of women who overcame systemic inequality to forge fulfilling careers in collegiate athletics. Their stories inspired me to pursue my passions in the face of obstacles and to work collaboratively with those around me to achieve success. I apply those lessons every day in my work as an attorney. And although I no longer work in collegiate athletics, I have a deep respect for the work that NACWAA does and the supportive community that it fosters."

Lisa Nash
Staff Law Clerk
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Intern 2009-2011

"My experience at the NACWAA office was the springboard to my career in athletics administration. It quickly elevated not only my skill set and knowledge of the industry, but the network of people I had the opportunity to meet was – and still is – one of the best things that could have happened to me. Sometimes it can be very difficult to get your foot in the door of an athletic department or conference office. Through the connections I formed and the number of administrators I met, I was fortunate to be in a position to make a great next step – and it was under the tutelage of an accomplished female in our industry. Win-win!"

Megan Kahn
Director of Events & Communication
Alliance of Women Coaches
Intern 2005-2006

"Through that internship, I met women who became mentors with whom I still have meaningful and treasured relationships. I attended national events beyond the NACWAA Convention where I was exposed to high level event operations and met many people who continued to encourage and inspire me. It was from the NACWAA Advancement Institute (while an intern) that I met the woman who gave me my first full-time employment at Columbia University. Being hired into that position was my entry into this profession and it was all due to NACWAA and the professional networking it afforded me."

Erin McDermott
Director of Athletics
University of Chicago
Intern 1996-1997