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Extern and Internships

At USADA, we are committed to preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport, and protecting the rights of athletes. If you’re interested in working with and for clean athletes, an internship or externship with USADA might be the right fit for you, regardless of your field of study. We accept candidates with diverse skills and offer opportunities within our various teams, such as Education, Science, and Finance. During the program, participants will gain experience working in a fast-paced office environment, collaborating with teams, and contributing to department-specific projects.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

INTERNSHIPS

  • All internships are paid
  • Internships are 40 hours per week at our Colorado Springs office
  • Internships are open to juniors and seniors in college
  • Sessions are typically May to August
  • Candidates are evaluated based on the position
  • Applications accepted yearly, January 10-March 15 

EXTERNSHIPS

  • All externships are paid
  • Externships are 20-40 hours per week at our Colorado Springs office
  • Sessions run from August 1-May 31
  • Candidates are evaluated based on the position
  • Candidates must have completed their degree within the past year
  • Applications accepted yearly, May 15-July 1

To apply, please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter by the deadlines noted above, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, to Tammy Hanson (thanson@usada.org).  Please include the type of internship in the subject line.

Available Opportunities

REPORTS TO:

Elite Education Director

EXTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Under supervision of the Elite Education Director, this internship will provide a hands-on opportunity to assist the Elite Education Department to include presentation coordination, development, communications and administration.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the Education Director in identifying potential distribution channels
  • Assist in the creation of presentations to RTP athletes, junior athletes, coaches, NGBs and those involved in the Olympic and Paralympic movement
  • Contribute to the development of Elite Education content
  • As directed, other office support functions including compiling and formatting USADA presentation materials, prepare shipments and mailings, and tracking inventory
  • Work on special projects as assigned

BENEFITS:

  • Valuable experience working in a dynamic, diverse and creative environment
  • Close interactions with the Education Director and opportunity to build professional network
  • Opportunity to complete a resume building project based on Interns interest and goals
  • Have an ongoing mentor after the internship program

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Obtaining a Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Independent, highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Desire to work in athletics and sport after graduation

COMPENSATION AND TERMS:

The Elite Education Intern position is a paid internship and allows for school credit. General hours are Monday – Friday, with flexibility around athlete presentations. The internship is 20-40 hours per week.

REPORTS TO:

Olympic & Paralympic Counsel

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Responsible for providing support for investigation and prosecution of anti-doping rule violations and contributing to development of internal policies and procedures by conducting research, preparing documents, and other tasks as assigned.  

OBJECTIVES:

With this internship, you will gain a mentor, have the ability to complete a resume building project based on your interests and goals in coordination with supervising staff at USADA, and learn about the rules and regulations related to anti-doping in sport. 

TERMS:

  • One internship is available for Summer 2024, from mid-May through mid-August
  • Applications are due by February 9. Please send applications to Muriel Ossip, Legal Assistant, at mossip@USADA.org
  • This is a paid internship $15/hour and allows school credit
  • General hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 1L applicants must supplement applications with complete fall semester grades once available

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have completed your first or second year of law school
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong record of academic achievement
  • Values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion among internal and external constituents
  • Ability to work with various levels of management
  • Ability to multitask and to work accurately under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to perform in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed
  • Moderate proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Desire to work in athletics and sport after graduation
  • Previous experience in sport is preferred, but not required

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact Spencer Crowell, USADA’s Olympic and Paralympic Counsel, at scrowell@USADA.org.

CORE COMPETENCIES 

PROJECT/PROGRAM PERFORMANCE 

Plan, coordinate, and implement tasks and projects related to current cases and/or Legal Department projects/policies

  • Facilitate and complete detail-oriented tasks 
  • Execute a project plan to deliver and maintain program functions 
  • Adhere to policies and procedures set by the organization 
  • Represent the organization with professionalism and integrity 
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times 

RESEARCH 

Legal and factual research in connection with preparation of briefs, policies, and other projects

  • Effectively summarize and apply research to particular legal team matters 

PRIORITY MANAGEMENT

Manage multiple assignments and effectively prioritize to meet deadlines 

COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION SKILLS

Articulates thoughts, ideas and objectives clearly and concisely 

  • Use oral and written communication skills effectively and appropriately
  • Respond to organizational needs effectively and on a timely basis 
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor

REPORTS TO:

Elite Education Director

EXTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Under supervision of the Elite Education Director, this externship will provide a hands-on opportunity to assist the Elite Education Department to include presentation coordination, development, communications and administration.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the Education Director in identifying potential distribution channels
  • Assist in the creation of presentations to RTP athletes, junior athletes, coaches, NGBs and those involved in the Olympic and Paralympic movement
  • Contribute to the development of Elite Education content
  • As directed, other office support functions including compiling and formatting USADA presentation materials, prepare shipments and mailings, and tracking inventory
  • Work on special projects as assigned

BENEFITS:

  • Valuable experience working in a dynamic, diverse and creative environment
  • Close interactions with the Education Director and opportunity to build professional network
  • Opportunity to complete a resume building project based on Externs interest and goals
  • Have an ongoing mentor after the externship program

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Obtaining a Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Independent, highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Desire to work in athletics and sport after graduation

COMPENSATION AND TERMS:

The Elite Education Extern position is a paid externship and allows for school credit. General hours are Monday – Friday, with flexibility around athlete presentations. The internship is 20-40 hours per week.

REPORTS TO:

Director of Operations and Special Projects

EXTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Under supervision of the Director of Operations and Special Projects, this externship will provide a hands-on opportunity with the execution of a gold standard anti-doping program to include operations administration, logistics, training & development, and cross department collaboration with the wider organization, in particular other Operations teams (Olympic/Paralympic, Client Services & UFC).

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the DCO Operations team in monitoring and triaging e-mails/phone calls from Doping Control Officers on DCO Ops related issues, such as supply requests
  • Assist in shipping & logistics, working under direction with USADA’s external shipping supplier
  • Assist in the planning and logistics for DCO Committee meetings, Regional Team Leader meetings, DCO Conference, and other meetings, as required
  • Support the internal DCO Operations team in maintaining a strong connection and support system to USADA’s field team
  • Contribute to the development and updating of DCO Operations standard operating procedures
  • As directed, other office support functions to the Operations team
  • Special Projects and other duties as assigned to support our DCO Operations team

BENEFITS:

  • Valuable experience working in a dynamic, diverse and creative environment
  • Close interactions with the Director of Operations and Special Projects and opportunity to build professional network
  • Play a role in ensuring the integrity of sport at the highest level
  • Opportunity to complete a resume building project based on Externs interest and goals
  • Have an ongoing mentor after the externship program
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Independent, highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion among internal and external parties Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Desire to work in athletics and sport

COMPENSATION AND TERMS:

The DCO Operations Extern position is a paid externship and allows for school credit. General hours are Monday – Friday, with possibility of some weekend work if desired. The externship is 20-40 hours per week.

REPORTS TO:

Special Advisor, Science, Research and Drug Reference

EXTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Responsible for completing a summer project as defined by USADA. Intern will also help to provide support for drug reference and supplement enquiries, the maintenance of databases and contributing to development of internal policies and procedures by conducting research, preparing documents, and other tasks as assigned. The intern will be expected to participate in team meetings as well as USADA’s onboarding education program, and may be asked to participate in in-person activities.  

OBJECTIVES:

With this internship, you will gain a mentor, have the ability to complete a resume building project based on your interests and goals in coordination with supervising staff at USADA, and learn about the rules and regulations related to anti-doping in sport. 

TERMS:

  • One internship is available for Summer 2023, from mid-May through mid-August
  • Please send applications to Tammy Hanson @ thanson@usada.org
  • This is a paid internship $14-18/hour and allows school credit

BENEFITS:

  • Valuable experience working in a dynamic, diverse and creative environment
  • Close interactions with the Chief Science Officer and Director of Science and opportunity to build professional network
  • Play a role in ensuring the integrity of sport at the highest level
  • Opportunity to complete a resume building project based on Externs interest and goals
  • Have an ongoing mentor after the externship program
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Independent, highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion among internal and external parties Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Desire to work in athletics and sport

INTERNS AND EXTERNS VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Elite Education Director, Tammy Hanson: USADA offers paid internship and externship opportunities to students and recent graduates, and we consistently find ourselves impressed by the exceptional quality of applicants we receive. These internships and externships have a flexibility in duration, ranging from three to nine months, and are available year-round across various departments within our organization. While we review each application to ensure a suitable match with organizational needs, we are equally dedicated to ensuring that this opportunity aligns well with the candidate’s aspirations.

First Intern: Working with USADA gives me that chance to be on the organizational lens, and I want to go into sports law in the future. So, having this perspective, having this experience, really kind of honed in that passion of mine and it showed me that I really, really want to be a part of this movement, the Olympic movement, and stay within this institution.

Tammy Hanson: Some of the qualities we’re looking for in candidates include a willingness to learn, because this is a nuanced industry, passion for the work that we do, and strong attention to detail.

Second Intern: The most important thing I learned is to be open to feedback and always ask for that feedback. I’ve learned a lot just by being curious and asking for any critique or criticism from people around me, whether they are in the legal department or outside of the legal department. It’s really valuable to get feedback from all sorts of perspectives.

Tammy Hanson: We rely on our interns and externs to help us achieve many of our initiatives and deliberately assign work that directly contributes to the fulfillment of our mission.

Third Intern: Some of my most significant achievements include writing a technology manual for DCOs to use.

Second Intern: My first week of my internship, I had the opportunity to draft an opening statement for a hearing that was coming up.

Fourth Intern: I handled reimbursements for our Penrose Summit, which was our international WADA summit.

Tammy Hanson: Our goal is to have interns and externs leave with a stronger resume, a network of professionals to support them, and office experience that helps them succeed as they step into the next chapter of their professional careers.

First Intern: If you’re a self-starter, if you’re collaborative, it’s the best environment for you. You’re really given a chance to put your foot in, try new things, while also getting guidance from very incredible people, incredible mentors.

Third Intern: The people here really want to help you learn and grow.

Second Intern: I think this really helps with your professional development. Whatever type of career you’re looking to go into, there’s a lot of really practical experience that you can get and there’s lots of different opportunities that you can get involved in right away when you start here.

Tammy Hanson: As this program shows, we are committed to not only maintaining the integrity of sport, but also nurturing the growth and development of future professionals who will shape the industry.