From my extensive experience and expertise, I can tell you for a fact that sports internships are among the hardest to garner. The bottom line is that they are extremely popular. Like the entertainment industry, people very much want to break into the sports field, and as is found with most industries nowadays, internships have become the route people now need to take to get their foot in the proverbial door. So how do you stand out and get yourself noticed?
Be more interested than interesting
My advice is to be more interested than interesting. What does that mean? It means to delve deep and take advantage of each opportunity. Learn, study, and ask questions about the organization you’d like to intern with and all the positions available within. Find out who the decision makers, power sponsors, and executives are, as well as things such their interests, where they went to school, groups they belong to—you never know if there’s a connection somewhere.
It's all who you know
Often, if you dig deep enough, you will find a connection somewhere, and when you do, use it to your advantage. There is great truth to the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” And in your research, maybe you’ll discover an organization does a lot of work for a certain charitable group. My advice is to go out and volunteer for that charity and work with the sports organization in that realm. You’ll not only feel good about what you’re doing, but you’ll meet people within the organization.
Or find out what events or activities a team is doing in the community and then go out and attend them. Bring a bunch of kids if you can. Again, you’ll make the connections and feel good about it at the same time.
In other words, you can become more involved—put out energy and find the commonalities—and get noticed. Surround yourself with the circumstances that you want to create. Surround yourself with the people, organizations, charities, and the community you want to be involved in.
Don't give up
Finally, be persistent. There is no lack of opportunity, only a scarcity of resolve. Show an organization how much you want to be there. Take time out of the equation because things don’t usually happen overnight, and do not quit. Do not give up.
If you do these things, you will statistically increase your chances of getting the sports internship you’re after.