Internship Program


Logan-Tweet_400wideThe Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation and WIN for KC offers internships for a four month period.  These positions are a great way to earn college academic credit as well as a wide variety of experience in the sports management field.   Internships are unpaid, but interns have the opportunity to network with high-profile individuals in the community and attend a variety of sports-related activities and events. Preference is given to current students, but recent graduates may also apply.  Out-of-state candidates are welcome, no housing is offered.

Full time internships only (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday) and some nights and weekends

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references in one PDF file to Liz Shrout at  Please do not mail in applications.  No phone calls please.

Spring Submission Deadline: October 31 
Summer Submission Deadline: March 1 
Fall Submission Deadline:June 30

Please fill out this application form and email to Liz Shrout at

Read internship testimonials here.

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Position Descriptions

Marketing Intern Position – The intern helps update the website and has the opportunity to create and design e-mail blasts for the KC Sports Commission and other events in the community.  The intern will help with 11 social media accounts, write feature articles for the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin and will have the opportunity to write for the organization blog.  The intern will also assist the Director of Marketing with sponsorship presentation and other marketing duties.  The intern will also work all KC Sports Commission and WIN for KC events.

2016_intern_group400wideEvents Intern Position – The interns will assist with organizing the local events such as Kansas City’s Big 12 Run, Awards Banquet, Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin, youth sports clinics and the Thanksgiving Day Run and Family Stroll at the Sprint Campus.  Duties can include creating and designing e-mail blasts for the events, entering mailed in registration forms into the registration software, updating the marathon website, update the events on the Sports Commission website, help answer customer service calls, help secure donations for fun run goodie bags and other miscellaneous event duties.  The intern will also work all Sports Commission and WIN for KC events.

Sponsorship & Development Intern Position – The intern will assist in efforts with sponsorship and development as well as national events.  They will be involved with both Big 12 and NCAA championship events.  The coordination of volunteers for these events as needed.  Assist with sponsorship package preps for calls.  Assist with any fall bid materials for future events. .  The intern will also work all Sports Commission and WIN for KC events.

WIN for KC Intern Position – The intern will assist in organizing all WIN for KC events including Camp WIN, WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon presented by Garmin and the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration.  The summer intern will have a big part in running Camp WIN during the month of June.  They will help create and design e-mail blasts for the WIN Department.  The intern will also work all Sports Commission and WIN for KC events.

Graphic Design Intern Position – The intern will create fliers, t-shirt designs and email graphics for the KC Sports Commission events in the community including, but not limited to:  WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon presented by Garmin, Youth Clinic Series, and Thanksgiving Day Run.  As time allows, this intern could also assist with logo creation, VIP packages, digital ads and additional design graphics as needed.  Must have design software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to be considered.  Part-time internship, flexible office hours.

The following is just a small portion of what interns are responsible for at the KC Sports Commission:

  • Assist with promotional activities and event management for special events.
  • Assist with program development including securing donations, organizing volunteers, set-up, tear down at events, picking up garbage and setting out product during races and running errands.
  • Work all Sports Commission and WIN for KC events on- and off-site.
  • Develop flyers, correspondence and other print materials such as program booklets, e-mail newsletter, and advertisements.
  • Assist in developing proposals to corporate sponsors, contributors, etc.
  • Assist in marketing strategies regarding membership services and solicitation.
  • Help organize membership benefit events.
  • Perform administrative duties such as retrieving incoming telephone calls, correspondence, assist with the preparation for board meetings, and direct mail coordination.
  • Attend board meetings, staff meetings and meetings for specific events.
  • Fall Internship Program includes the Thanksgiving Day Run which is held on Thanksgiving morning.  All Fall interns MUST work this event which ends around 11 am.  Interns will then receive Friday and Monday off.

It is important that interns have the ability to develop ideas, follow through on program initiatives, deal effectively with the public, and have a thorough knowledge and understanding of sports.  Experience with desktop publishing programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, InDesign, Photoshop) is highly desirable.  Some events involve heavy lifting and long hours.  Interns are also expected to work at all Sports Commission and WIN for KC special events, which occasionally occur on evenings and weekends

Hours are Mon-Fri 9-5 with some nights and weekends depending on the event.  Interns are reimbursed for mileage to/from events and running errands.

Where are they now?

Our interns have gone on to great careers in sports and outside of the sports world.  Below are just a few.

Avila University Kansas – State Government
Big 12 Conference Kansas State University
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kemper Arena
barkley evergreen & partners Learfield Communications
Certified Athlete Leawood Parks & Recreation
Dick’s Sporting Goods Memphis Sports Properties
El Paso Diablos Spokane Indians Baseball Club
Entercom Broadcasting Sporting Kansas City
Gear for Sports The National Center for Drug Free Sport
Global Spectrum The Ohio State University
Jackson County Parks & Recreation United States Anti-Doping Agency
Johnson County Parks & Recreation University of Hawaii
Kansas City Brigade (Arena Football) University of Kansas
Kansas City Comets University of Miami
Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association Wichita State University
Kansas City Royals Women’s Sports Foundation
Kansas City Chiefs YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation Your Wellness Connection

Where did they come from?

Avila University Rhodes College
Baker University Rockhurst University
Bemidji State University Skema Business School Sophia Antipolis, France
Benedictine College St. Louis University
Canisius College Texas Christian University
Central Christian College of Kansas The Ohio State University
Columbia College Truman State University
Dana College University of Applied Science, Germany
Emporia State University University of Central Missouri
Fort Hays State University University of Iowa
Georgetown University University of Kansas
Grand Canyon University University of Missouri – Columbia
Grinnell College University of Missouri – Kansas City
Harding University University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Kansas State University University of Saint Mary
Loyola University of Chicago University of Virginia
Missouri State University Washburn University
Newman University Western Carolina University
Northwest Missouri State University Western Kentucky University
Northwestern University Westminster College
Oklahoma State University William Jewell College
Park University Wichita State University
Pittsburg State University

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