Athletes First is a full-service sports agency with their HQ located in Laguna Hills, CA. They represent over 300 clients including NFL players, NFL and NCAA coaches, personnel and broadcasters.
Athletes First is seeking interns to assist our agency during Fall 2021 (early September through mid-December). Interns must be hardworking and detail-oriented.
Please note that we have recently restructured our internship to have interns focused on specific departments and have recently added additional departments. Within your application, you will be asked to rank the areas that most interest you. You are welcome to elaborate on why you ranked as you did in your cover letter (but it is not necessary). Candidates who are hired will ultimately be placed based on a combination of their preference and their existing relevant experience.
The areas are as follows:
•Football (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) – You may assist any of our certified agents in various ways including providing information on a recruit, checking/comparing stats for existing clients, etc. Through your time, you will gain a better understanding of the player/agent relationship and the steps that go into obtaining and upkeep of a client.
•Marketing (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) – You will help with research of marketing and endorsement opportunities for clients, reach out to companies on behalf of clients, and generally support the marketing staff in securing deals. You will have the opportunity to assist with and sit in on negotiations for multiple marketing/endorsement agreements.
•Client Relations (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) – You will support our Client Relations staff that assists clients with any concierge needs they have off of the field. This includes helping with travel, finding and securing housing, public relations, assisting with their charities, post-career matters and more. Involvement with this department will serve as a well-rounded way to gain experience on the added value that we offer to our clients.
•Legal (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) – You will assist our General Counsel, who is also a coaching agent, in the review and creation of representation, employment and marketing contracts for clients as well as assist with any other potential legal needs for clients or the company as a whole. It is a great opportunity to apply your legal experience in a sports setting.
•Graphic Design (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) – You will assist in creating compelling artwork and graphic designs to support the creative department. This will include designing material for social media, branding materials, logos, design campaigns and personalized recruiting materials. Significant design experience is required for full consideration. Experience within sports and/or with video and motion graphics preferred.
•GOAT Farm Media (LA AREA AND/OR REMOTE) – GOAT Farm is our in-house video production company that makes content for our clients. Ideal candidates have experience managing and growing social media accounts (IG, TikTok & YouTube). Experience shooting and editing video content is valued but not mandated. This position would split time working remotely with some potential in-person production assistance in Southern California as needed.
•A1 Coaches (GAINESVILLE, FL) – The A1 Coaches Department works on behalf of some of the most recognizable football coaches, executives, and personalities. Interns will be entrusted with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to legal and market research, contract analysis, event planning, and other client-focused projects. Having a legal background is valued but not mandated
•Salary Cap and Contracts (ATLANTA, GA AND/OR REMOTE) – You may assist our Salary Cap and Contracts department on long-term analytical studies related to player contracts, the NFL CBA, and the NFL Salary Cap as well as assist in preparation for contract negotiations. You will gain an understanding of market factors and CBA regulations and how they affect contract negotiations
We may entertain remote positions, but intend to offer in-person opportunities, as our offices should be fully open by September. Unless otherwise stated, interns are preferred to work full-time working hours (9am to 6pm) Monday through Friday, though we can have flexibility to work around school schedules, if applicable. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Internships are offered either for credit or hourly pay.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Addressing your cover letter to “Hiring Manager” is just fine.
Athletes First has recently committed to promoting diversity on its staff at all levels, including the internship program. Every effort will be made to ensure that opportunity is especially considered for those who are historically underrepresented in the sports business industry by:
• Particularly considering the underprivileged/underrepresented
• Ensuring that all hires have the proper support on all levels
• Giving hires an adequate opportunity to contribute and grow at Athletes First
• Setting up hires and former interns for both short-term and long-term successes
*Applicants who fit an identity that is underrepresented in the sports business industry and/or have not been afforded adequate opportunity are encouraged to elaborate in their cover letter.
For a general FAQ on our internship program, please view here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v5aH3UKMLobG4ZzgKcfa-BpE0pJ54cH9/view?usp=sharing