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.

In 2018, Women Leaders will hire one Marketing Intern to join its energetic and collaborative team in our Kansas City office in the lively Crossroads District. This is a full-time, 12-month, paid position, beginning in December and running through the following December.

Applications for the 2019 internship program will open in June 25, 2018 and run through July 2018. Interviews will be conducted in August and applicants notified of their status by September 2018. 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 2018 to begin the internship. 

Internship duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Senior Director of Marketing & Digital Strategy in all multimedia production efforts, including filming, video editing, podcasts, photography, graphic design, and other digital content creation
  • Assist with monitoring and producing creative, concise, and compelling content for Women Leaders social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube), according to association’s social media strategy
  • Assist with weekly, monthly, and as-needed email production
  • Provide additional support to other department directors as needed
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in marketing, journalism, graphic design, or a related field
  • Experience with various computer applications and software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator), Final Cut Pro, Google Analytics, and other web-based software preferred.
  • Experience with DSLR photography and videography
  • Experience in managing multiple social media platforms
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to prioritize effectively with little supervision
  • Digitally savvy and eager to keep up with ever-changing technology platforms
  • Demonstrated interest in intercollegiate athletics and women’s leadership
  • Gritty work-ethic, figure-it-out-iveness, and willingness to jump in when needed

Internship Period: December 2018 – December 2019; successful candidates will also be required to be in Atlanta, Georgia, October 12-16, 2018, to support national office staff at the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention (all expenses to be paid by Women Leaders in College Sports).

Additional Benefits:

  • Opportunity to explore and gain experience in many areas of nonprofit/association management
  • Development of skills transferable to many facets of careers in athletics and nonprofit organizations
  • Networking opportunities and interaction with women in all areas and levels of intercollegiate athletics
  • Industry-leading professional development and educational leadership training at the 2019 NCAA/Women Leaders Women’s Leadership Symposium and Institute for Administrative Advancement
  • Wellness program, offering benefits such as time off for volunteering
  • Work with a dynamic team who is passionate about the growth, leadership, and success of women as leaders

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    "Interning with Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders, 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

    "Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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. Women Leaders has shaped me into a confident and strong person I am today. The connections with people I meet through Women Leaders continuously support me in many ways even we are thousand miles away. My gratitude toward Women Leaders will never end and whatever good things I may create in the future it all begins with the inspired year I spend at Women Leaders."

    Shiang Tsao
    Athlete Program Director
    Taiwan Triathlon Co.
    Intern 2014

    "Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders 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 Women Leaders and the professional networking it afforded me."

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