About FAU Athletics
The Athletics Department is committed to the pursuit of academic and fiscal integrity, rules compliance and athletic achievement. These four components are the foundation upon which the department rests.
FAU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association. The athletics department is classified as Division I and is a member Conference USA. Conference USA is 1 of only 11 NCAA Division FBS conferences.
Student athletes participate in the following sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, beach volleyball and volleyball.
Overview of the Internship/Mentor Program
The goal of the internship/mentor program is to provide participating individuals with the knowledge base and skill set needed to enter the job market. Participants receive meaningful work assignments, interact with mentors, collaborate on group projects and experience first hand the inner workings of a Division I Athletics Department.
The best way for an individual to enter into the athletics job market is through professional experience and networking. Our program offers participants these opportunities. Through the program, individuals are placed in each of our departments: academic support, athletic training, business operations, communications, compliance, corporate sales, development, equipment operations, event management and facilities, marketing and promotions, strength and conditioning, ticket operations and ticket sales.
Participants are accepted into the internship/mentor program from across the country. We seek out students who exhibit leadership skills, academic excellence and enthusiasm. Our program is structured not only to provide the individuals with valuable experiences within their own field, but to broaden their knowledge of their colleagues' fields through group projects and social interaction.
Structure of the Program
There are three types of internships within our department. These internships are mentorship, academic and compensatory. Descriptions of these internships are as follows:
Mentorship- Individuals that approach our department looking to gain valuable work
experience within athletics. These individuals work part time (10 hours/week minimum) or full time (40 hours/week) depending on their availability. No monetary compensation is offered for these positions.
Academic- Individuals participate in the academic internship program in order to meet the
academic requirements of their degree while gaining valuable work experience in their chosen field. These interns work full time (20 hours/week minimum) or full time (40 hours/week). There is no monetary compensation for these positions.
Compensatory- Individuals accepted into this internship program are given a small monthly
stipend while gaining valuable experience in their chosen field. These individuals
work full time (40 hours/week minimum). Compensation is $1,000 a month. Positions
vary from 9 to 12 months depending upon the department in which you are assigned.
When considering individuals for compensatory internship opportunities, we first look to those individuals that have participated in our mentorship or academic intern positions. It is our belief that by considering these participants first, we reward individuals for their commitment to our department.
Listed below are descriptions/examples of what an internship/mentorship in our departments may involve:
Providing academic counseling and advising services for designated student
athletes; assist with the coordination and monitoring of study hall, textbook
program and summer bridge program; assist with various “life skills” and academic
enhancement activities; assist with community outreach endeavors.
Processing purchase orders and invoices; tracking budgetary expenditures;
organizing and filing fiscal records; logging and processing departmental
Assist with the overall maintenance of the official athletics website; serving as the
media liaison for assigned sports; compiling and updating statistics; assist with
the production of media guides, writing and distributing press releases.
Maintenance of squad lists utilizing compliance software; assist in researching and disseminating interpretation of NCAA bylaws; assist with the completion of mandatory NCAA forms; monitor all recruiting and practice logs
Assist with fundraising special events; log deposits; coordinate bulk
mailings/invitations; maintenance of Raiser's Edge database; production
and mailing of donation thank you letters.
Event Management and Facilities
Assist with home event management of assigned sports; facility set up and breakdown for home events; greeting and hosting visiting teams and officials; scheduling practice
times; processing facility rental contracts; reporting and tracking facility maintenance issues.
Marketing and Promotions
Assist with the marketing and promoting of assigned sports in order to maximize attendance and create entertaining atmospheres; development and distribution of posters, schedule cards and promotional materials. Assist with digital advertisement placements and strategies. Assist with community and student engagement through the kids' club and student loyalty app.
Assist in day-to-day activities in the ticket office which include processing ticket orders, reconciling events, customer service, supervising student workers, maintaining Ticketmaster database and assisting with the creation of analytical reports and ticket sales campaigns to promote Florida Atlantic University Athletics
At FAU, there is a b commitment to professional development. Our program is conducted with this concept in mind. The department places great importance on an individual's development and success. Participants are assigned mentors to provide training and guide them through the program. Mentors tailor the experience to each intern's professional goals.
In addition, a professional speaker series has been implemented. This program component is aimed at identifying key individuals (University President, Booster Club President, Athletics Director, etc.) to participate in a monthly question and answer session with the interns. Our goal is to provide interns with an opportunity to interact with these key individuals in order to assist each participant in developing their own vision and belief toward the role athletics can play in society. This series will also provide the student with a better understanding of the infrastructure of our athletics program.
The internship/mentor program is designed to facilitate a learning experience. Its purpose is to provide individuals the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill set needed to enter the job market. Once an internship is completed, FAU is under no obligation to offer full-time employment to participating students. Likewise, participating students are under no obligation to FAU after completion of the prescribed work period for the internship.
Individuals interested in the FAU Athletics Internship/Mentor Program should compile and submit the following information in their application packet:
Cover Letter- Outline your interest in the program including the specific internship and departmental area
in which you would like to be assigned.
Resume- Update your resume to include your current employment and/or educational status.
References- List 3 professional references including their contact information.
Forward your application packet to the address below:
Assistant Athletics Director
Florida Atlantic University
Tom Oxley Athletic Center
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Or e-mail the application to the following address;
The athletics department will subsequently review all applications relative to available internship openings and respond to accepted applicants accordingly. If you have any questions about the application process please feel free to contact Danielle Daniel at 561-297-0231.