The NBA Associate Program is a two-year immersion-based development experience that focuses on the culture, structure and operations of the NBA, and is designed to produce outstanding NBA professionals. The program rotates exceptional, recent college graduates through work assignments in departments across the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League. Associates learn the business of sports through direct exposure, launching their careers in an organization that strives to be the world’s most successful and respected sports league.
Associates rotate through areas of the business in six-month work assignments, assisting with high priority projects and global initiatives aligned with the League’s strategic priorities. Assignment areas may include:
- Basketball Operations
- Digital Media
- Information Technology
- Latin America (NY Based)
- NBA G League
- Global Partnerships
- Global Media Distribution
- Social Responsibility & Player Programs
- Team Marketing & Business Operations
- Global Strategy
- Human Resources
The Associate Program includes a robust curriculum of professional development activities. The program tips off with an in-depth orientation that builds the foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Throughout the two years, associates receive additional training to grow high-value professional skills such as relationship building, business writing and presentation skills. Associates complete several self-assessments (DiSC, Emotional Intelligence) and receive strategic coaching that identifies strengths and areas for development.
Associates’ exposure to the business of basketball includes attendance at a variety of NBA events, including live games and the NBA Draft, participation in our business review process, global experiences and participation in discussion forums with executives from a variety of departments, including the Commissioner’s office.
Required Experience & Knowledge:
Candidates must be in excellent academic standing and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, candidates should possess demonstrable leadership skills through relevant extracurricular activities, along with meaningful, business-related internship or other experience. We are particularly interested in candidates who are fluent in a second language from a location where the NBA maintains an office.
Educational Background Required:
To qualify for the Associate Program, students must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university and anticipate graduation in the spring of 2018 (early December 2017 graduates will also be considered).