Two From the MEAC Earn NCAA Post-Graduate Internships
NORFOLK, Va., June 13, 2017—Two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) students are a part of the 2017-18 NCAA post-graduate internship class, having been selected for 12-month positions at the national office in Indianapolis, Ind.
David Adebiyi of Savannah State and Hampton's Adrian Bell were among the 31 students selected.
Adebiyi, who played football for the Tigers, will work in academic and membership affairs, while Bell – who worked with the athletic department at Hampton to create promotional materials for the men's and women's basketball programs – will work in digital communications.
The NCAA post-graduate internship has exposed participants to the inner workings of collegiate athletics and higher education from the national perspective for more than 25 years. This experience might eventually lead to careers as full-time athletics administrators on college campuses and in conference offices.
“The NCAA internship program is one of the most inclusive and progressive learning experiences for post-graduate students in college athletics today,” Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement, said in a release. “The internship opportunity gives them a well-rounded view of the projects and issues they may deal with in the world of sports, specifically at the college campus level, and in higher education as a whole. We have hired some of the brightest young men and women from diverse backgrounds and look forward to enhancing their skillset over the course of the year.”
NCAA post-graduate interns are paid with full benefits, and they receive comprehensive training, mentor assignments and networking opportunities. They are considered temporary full-time employees, and they have daily projects in which they work on programs and initiatives that positively impact college athletics—which also affords them the opportunity to interact with university officials.
Additionally, post-graduate interns plan and execute their own professional development site visits at conference offices, member campuses and affiliate organizations.
The NCAA offers internships in several departments within the national office – including accounting and finance, championships, communications, education and community engagement, executive, governance, inclusion, leadership development and regulatory affairs.
Work began on Monday, June 12 for the selected interns.