NFL Careers

2018 Fall Internship Program

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa, FL
Internship: Internship
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are offering full time internships to highly motivated and committed graduates wishing to build upon their college education with practical professional experience in the fast-paced, results-driven world of the National Football League.
Participants are given the unique opportunity to contribute to the organization's success while receiving an unparalleled, behind-the-scenes learning experience. The program is comprised of a comprehensive and flexible strategy that allows recent graduates to build upon their educational foundation in order to refine, evaluate and achieve a variety of career-related objectives.
Although each intern will be placed within a specific department, they are able to explore all aspects of the business of professional football through various outreach programs, networking events, and via our Internship Learning Series. Interns will learn from mentors and establish relationships with team executives that will benefit their lives both personally and professionally.
The position is based upon supervised work experience in departments throughout the organization, including:
          Communications                          Events                             Purchasing   
          Community Relations                  Food & Beverage         Sports Nutrition
          Corporate Partnerships              Marketing                      Team Operations
**Creative Roles posted separately:  Graphic Design, Digital & Social Media, Video Production. Please apply through that posting for these roles. 

The Buccaneers Fall 2018 Internship Program will begin July 16th and end after the 2018 home football season.  Interns are paid hourly and work 40 hours per week during their internship period.  Interns are also expected to commit to the full term of the internship.  Applicants must be able to work flexible and some unusual hours including nights and weekends for Buccaneers events. 

Internship Requirements 

• Completed four-year college degree or graduate degree 
• Available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week 
• Housing and transportation in the Tampa Bay area 
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) 
• Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills 
• The ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization
• Proven ability to work independently and take ownership of projects 
• Strong professional demeanor 
• Experience in the sports industry preferred 

Estimated Recruiting Timeline 

• March 5 - 23                                  Job Posted 
• March 26 – April 27                     Applicant Review, Preliminary & Final interviews 
• April 30 - May 5                            Job Offers sent, applicant notifications
• July 16  - End of Season              Internship Period 

How to Apply 

All applicants must submit a complete application, resume and cover letter via Teamwork Online.  Applicants may select up to two (2) departments of interest for placement. A selection does not guarantee a position within that department. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a highly competitive internship with the most elite level of professional sports, the National Football League.  Only one person will be hired to each department.  Please be sure to represent yourself in the best possible way by submitting a cover letter, resume and providing answers to all application questions.  
Due to the high volume of applications expected for our intern program, we ask that all communications in regard to the positions be conducted via Teamwork.  


Listed below are brief descriptions for each department. Please note that certain departments may provide for additional requirements.
  • The Communications Intern will assist the department in serving as a liaison between local, national and international media and members of the organization. Responsibilities include: compiling daily media clips to be sent out to executives within the organization, recording and transcribing player/coach media availability multiple times a week, assisting in coordinating media interviews for players/coaching staff requests during training camp and the season, distributing weekly information including the game release during the season. In addition, game day responsibilities throughout the course of the season include: assisting in setting up the press box for all home games, distributing statistical and other notable information to members of the media, and transcribing post-game locker room quotes. 
  • Prior experience with sports information, public relations or communications on the team side is preferred
  • Degree in Public Relations or Journalism is preferred
Community Relations 
  • The Community Relations Intern will play a supporting role in the day-to-day operations of the community outreach department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This individual must possess a passion for philanthropy and demonstrate a willingness to contribute to a variety of programs. Responsibilities include managing team donations, organizing charitable events and visits, game day activities, support for Affinity Group engagement and assisting with players’ charitable endeavors 
  • Applicants must exhibit strong knowledge of the community outreach efforts of the Buccaneers and the National Football League 
  • Ability to interact and maintain relationships with key leaders in the Tampa Bay community 
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must 
Corporate Partnership Sales & Activation 
  • The Corporate Partnerships Intern will gain hands-on experience in professional sports marketing and business development. Responsibilities include assisting with the design, development and execution of intense marketing presentations for high-end decision-makers from prospective and current partners and learning the process of high-end sponsorship revenue development. 
  • The CP intern will learn all functions of activating an existing partnership, from on-site programs, community relations sponsorships, branding, and event planning/management.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must
Events & Entertainment 
  • The Events & Entertainment Department seeks a driven individual passionate about event planning and game day entertainment to receive hands-on training in a live environment. The Intern will be expected to focus on, plan, and participate in all aspects of training camp, events, and game related duties as specified. This role includes but not limited to concept development, branding, budgeting, staffing, production, talent, operations, venue selection, entertainment, food and beverage planning, timeline creation and implementation, along with actual event execution while adhering to organization initiatives and strategies.  The intern will also support in the daily operations of the department and learn all facets involved with producing events and game days. 
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must 

Food & Beverage 
  • The Food and Beverage Internship will give a culinary arts student the opportunity to work in a real-world environment. They will assist in the preparation and development of all meals served at One Buc Place. The intern will gain experience that will allow you to gain and expand on knowledge in several aspects of the food service industry including: batch cooking, made to order stations, special events and front of house service. 
  • Applicants must be a currant student or graduate of a culinary arts program preferably accredited by the American Culinary Federation and be Serve Safe certified

  • The Marketing Intern will assist with the implementation of the annual marketing plans for assigned programs with a focus on increasing attendance and enhancing the overall fan experience. Other responsibilities include conducting marketing research for advance strategy and planning for outreach and activations; assisting with branding initiatives; collecting data on consumers, competitors and market place and consolidate into actionable items, reports and presentations; compiling and analyzing statistical data; providing day-to-day project support; assisting with basic office organization and administrative duties, which include filing, invoice processing, etc.; conducting research to be implemented into future marketing plans and assisting with distribution of collateral materials. 
  • Experience with Excel and data analytics is preferred for success in this role  
  • A degree in Business or Marketing and prior Marketing Internship experience is preferred

  • The Purchasing Intern will assist with daily operations of procurement, office inventory, maintaining and fostering vendor relations, discussing pricing agreements and will act as a liaison between vendors and various members from all departments of the organization to assist in sourcing products & services whilst negotiating contracts/trades and pricing.  This provides an excellent opportunity to interact with those departments and understand their inner workings.  Other areas of training include the quote and bid process, purchase order procedures, monitoring and maintaining business operations supplies, contract agreements, and the procurement and tracking of merchandise. 
  • In-depth experience with Excel is important for success in this role
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must 

Sports Nutrition 
  • The Sports Nutrition Intern will learn and assist with the implementation of the Buccaneers sports nutrition system. The intern will: aid in overseeing training table setup, ensuring proper placement of food items and labels for meals; aid in menu implementation for training camp meals/snacks, away game hotel meals/snacks, charter flight meals/snacks, game day locker room nutrition station and postgame meals while ensuring all specifications are met for each site through communication with each staff before, during and after banquet events; conduct nutrient analysis of new training table menu items and develop Nutrition Facts Labels for each item; assist with player body composition analyses using bod pod and setting specific calculated goal body compositions and body weights for each player to maximize performance and minimize injury risk; aid in dailymonitoring body weights and Urine Specific Gravity, intervene with player hydration and electrolyte administration to minimize risk of dehydration, heat related complications and injury; help administer Medical Nutrition Therapy interventions per the AND’s standards of care and best practices for those who have been diagnosed by our Team Physician with a medical nutritional need or complication, monitor and follow-up with player compliance and outcomes;  help conduct one-on-one nutrition sessions, create personalized meal plans and nutrition goals, give team nutrition presentations, lead grocery store tours, conduct training table walk-throughs, create training table food labels, develop nutrition education handouts, and update supplement/banned substance education handouts among other materials; help oversee the ordering of all Gatorade products for the organization; help enforce proper hydration and electrolyte consumption on sidelines during all practices and games; help set players up on a dinner delivery system through a local grocery store; help enforce and provide pre/during/post activity nutrition stations for practice and game days; carry out daily tasks such as stocking refrigerators and coolers, filling game day food travel cart, setting up supplement stations, stocking snack station, making nutrition shakes, tracking inventory, ordering supplements, assisting with front-of-house food service operations during meals such as carving stations and made-to-order dishes; help with any other duties pertinent to the daily responsibilities of the Sports RD. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition related field accredited through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required. 
  • Registered Dietitian (R.D.) or on track to acquiring R.D. is required. 
  • 1 year of experience working in collegiate athletic department and/or professional sports organization is required 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and interpersonal sensitivity critical in this role 

Team Operations 
  • The Team Operations Department works in conjunction with Football and Business Administration to help determine travel needs and implement them both independently and in relation to larger team movements. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with the management of the planning and execution of all team travel, aid in the reconciliation of all billing, compiling team travel guides, assisting with practice/other operations as needed and aiding with graphics requests for any training camp and season needs. Transport personnel as needed.  Willing and able to assist in a wide range of other duties as assigned. A quick learner with effective time management skills who is organized and detail oriented will thrive in this role.  The ability to effectively communicate across all levels of the organization is critical to success in this role. 
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must 
  • PLEASE NOTE:  This position has the potential to travel for work purposes, flexibility with work schedule is necessary. 


Job Questions:

  1. How did you hear about this job?

  2. What is your 1st choice department? Please enter your selection exactly as it is listed in the posted job description. Include only one choice here please.

  3. What is your 2nd choice department? Please enter your selection exactly as it is listed in the posted job description. Include only one choice here please.

  4. Will you have completed your undergraduate degree by the start of the internship? Please respond, 'Yes' or 'No'. If no, please explain how you intend to work full time in Tampa, FL for the duration of the internship.

  5. Will you be able to provide your own housing and transportation in Tampa, FL and work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of the internship? Please respond, 'Yes' or 'No'. If no, please explain how you intend to fulfill the requirements of the internship.


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