The NBA U.S. Intern Program is a 10-week (June to August) full-time program that enhances students’ work experience by bridging the gap between the academic environment and a future work environment. Interns learn the business of basketball off the court and behind-the-scenes of a global sports organization through direct exposure to NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League executives. Interns will contribute to our efforts to be the world’s most successful and respected sports league.
Intern placements are based on current business needs, as well as the candidate’s interest and relevant experience. All positions are located at the NBA League offices in NYC or Secaucus, NJ. 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 Intern Program includes a robust curriculum of professional development activities, including a three-day orientation that acclimates interns to their work environment. Interns participate in multiple training programs, events and activities designed to broaden their knowledge of the industry. Their exposure to the business of basketball includes attendance at a variety of NBA events, such as the NBA Draft, an NBA Cares activity, and participation in discussion forums with executives from a variety of departments, including the Commissioner’s office.
One of the highlights of the program is the Intern Think Tank Project — an opportunity to work in groups on an NBA-specific business case under the guidance of an NBA project manager, culminating in a final presentation to the host department and other NBA executives across the business.
Required Experience & Knowledge:
Candidates must be in excellent academic standing, have strong written and verbal communication skills, and able to dedicate a full-time 40 hour work week (Monday to Friday) for the full 10-week program. Additionally, candidates should possess leadership skills demonstrated through relevant extracurricular activities, along with meaningful 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 Intern Program, students must be either (a) enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university and be between their junior and senior year OR (b) graduate students (typically MBA) between their first and second year, or Law students between years one and two, or years two and three.