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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

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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
  • Interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week
  • 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-February 15 

EXTERNSHIPS

  • All externships are paid
  • Externs will be expected to work 40 hours per week
  • 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, March 15-April 15

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 the email listed in the description below. Please include the type of internship in the subject line.

Available Opportunities

REPORTS TO:

Results Management and Investigations Senior Director

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 as determined by you and the supervising staff at USADA, and learn about the rules and regulations related to anti-doping in sport.

TERMS:

  • One internship is available for Summer 2020, from mid-May through mid-August
  • Applications are due by February 15. Please send applications to April Ostler, Olympic Program Paralegal, at aostler@usada.org
  • This is a paid internship $12.00/hour and allows school credit
  • General hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong record of academic achievement
  • 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
  • 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 Jeff Cook, USADA’s Results Management and Investigations Senior Director, at jcook@usada.org.

REPORTS TO:

Business Development Manager

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Responsible for organizational and administrative tasks, as well as communications to support USADA Business Development and UFC programs. A hands-on work experience that allows you to contribute to the development, implementation, and oversight of USADA business development initiatives and opportunities. Additional responsibilities assisting the UFC Team in tasks related to the management of the UFC Anti-Doping Program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Obtaining a B.S. or B.A. in a related field (Such as Sports Management, Sales/Marketing/Communications, etc.)
  • Desire to work in athletics and sport after graduation
  • Ability to receive and interpret constructive criticism to improve performance

BENEFITS:

  • Gain a mentor
  • Be positioned to build your resume through gaining experience handling a variety of responsibilities and projects related to two of USADA’s departments and learn the inner office environment through daily meetings and tasks
  • Experience daily operations of an established client, as well as relationship building with prospective clients

TERMS:

  • This internship is for the Summer semester
  • Applications are due by February 10th, 2020 via email to Tammy Hanson at Thanson@usada.org
  • This is a paid internship and allows for school credit
  • Applicant must be a senior with an anticipated May 2020 graduation date
  • General hours are Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

REPORTS TO:

Science & IT Departments

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

Responsible for handling and processing large data sets into business solutions.  A hands-on work experience that allows you to contribute to the development, implementation, and oversight of USADA business operations.  Additional responsibilities assisting the USADA Teams in tasks related to the management of the UFC Anti-Doping Program. 

BENEFITS:

  • Gain mentors
  • Build your resume through hands on experience managing multiple projects
  • Work with multiple departments and learn the inner office environment
  • Obtain experience building and maintaining relationships with clients.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help staff troubleshoot Microsoft Office and Windows 10 issues
  • Install and Maintain applications in various environments (such as Windows, and MacOS)
  • University experience working as part of an IT help desk are desirable
  • Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and complete projects within designated timelines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Research and determine necessary resources that are beneficial and applicable in relation to an event, project, program, presentation, conference or seminar
  • This internship will allow for some independent work and work with a team
  • Introduce facts, resources, and/or ideas from research that may be applicable currently or beneficial for future reference
  • Manage and oversee the database information

TERMS:

  • This internship is for the Summer semester
  • Applications are due by February 10th, 2020 via email to Tammy Hanson at Thanson@usada.org
  • This is a paid internship and allows for school credit
  • General hours are Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics or a related field
  • Desire to work in IT or Data Science
  • Proficient in programs such as Windows, and MacOS in order to help other troubleshoot problems
  • Ability to receive and interpret constructive criticism to improve performance

REPORTS TO:

Olympic Education Manager

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

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

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the Education Manager 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 Olympic 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 Manager 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 Olympic 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 40 hours per week.

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