9 of the Best Internships for Student-Athletes

Employers want to see an internship on your resume.

It’s no longer just a nice to have or do one if you have the time. In today’s workforce, it’s become the standard.

But it’s also a fact that internships will pay off for students in the long run. A recent study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that 63% of students who completed a paid internship received a job offer after college. Not only that, but the same study also found that those former interns got paid more in their first job after graduation. Graduates with prior internship experience earned 28% more than those who had not completed an internship while still in college. And a higher starting salary impacts a graduate’s ability to repay debt and sets you up for long-term success in your career.

So even if you know exactly what you want to do after graduation, putting the time in to do an internship is worth it and now it the time… but with a student-athlete’s schedule will an internship be too demanding?

Our employer partners understand student-athletes also have commitments to their team and they value those experiences and the mindset it takes to compete at the collegiate level.

Below are 9 amazing partner employers with top notch internship programs who love hiring athletes for those positions.



Regeneron is a tight-knit group of people working together to change the world. If you are majoring in biotech, biology, or engineering, connect with them for Internship opportunities as well as entry-level positions on the Quality Assurance team.


Enterprise Holdings

Not sure what path you want to take in the business world? Apply to this Management Training Internship. You will get a hands on experience with exposure to finance, marketing, sales, customer service, leadership, and more. All majors are encouraged to apply. They’re looking for the right personality with motivation to learn, compete, and make an impact. Even better? Enterprise promotes from within the company, so an internship here means you have a great shot at scoring your first job after graduation as well.


Northwestern Mutual

A nationally ranked Top 10 Internship! As a Financial Representative Intern, you’ll get real-world job experiences while exploring a career with flexibility, rewards, and impact. No finance degree, no problem! Having a passion for helping people and a competitive drive are key in this internship that has a flexible schedule for your academic and athletic commitments.



Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, is hiring now for Summer 2020 internships. With opportunities across the U.S., explore the different parts of Stryker’s business through their intern program.



As a Fortune 500 company, Cintas has over 400 national locations and is hiring for their Management Trainee Program – a career that encourages growth opportunities, training, community involvement, and personal development.


City Year

Help students in urban, high-need communities see their potential. City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Join a diverse team and provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide support through this full-time position. Plus, get benefits like a living stipend, relocation assistance, and more!



AssuredPartners is one of the fastest growing insurance brokers in the U.S. and they’re focused on developing strong, lasting relationships. In the AssuredPartners Development Program, you will gain the training you need to be an expert in the insurance industry as well as prepare you for an exciting, challenging, and financially rewarding career.



Launch a career as a Financial Advisor with a company that values hands-on training and support. Success here comes with more flexibility and a work-life balance.



Surprise! The end of your NCAA or NAIA career doesn’t have to be the end of your playing career. Still playing? Your sport commitments no longer have to postpone your dreams of travel and adventure! TeamGleas can connect you with college teams outside of the U.S. where eligibility restrictions don’t apply, so you can continue competing through your peak years AND earn your masters degree at the same time.

By Malia Smith
Malia Smith Digital Content Strategist