Get your foot in the door at WVU Athletics.
While open to all School of Sport Sciences majors, students who are earlier in their plan of study, with fewer practical experiences, are encouraged to participate in a range of pre-internship opportunities. These non-credit opportunities are shorter in duration, include periodic start dates and result in critical resume-building experience while expanding connections within WVU Athletics. These early learning experiences provide the foundation for a successful career in sport as they enable students to connect with WVU Athletics staff and test-drive multiple career paths. Sample pre-internship experiences include team support, event management, community outreach, fund raising and more. You must be a current CPASS student to apply for the Mountaineer GOAL Program. Pre-internship and internship positions are unpaid.
Improve your resume with a unique college athletics experience.
Students who are further along in their plan of study, with more practical experience, are ready for immersive professional field placements and will have a better chance of being selected for an internship with WVU Athletics. These for-credit opportunities are longer in duration, are limited to parts of term, and focus in an area of concentration, including sport marketing, sport communication, NCAA compliance, athletic facility management, and lots of others. You must be a current School of Sport Sciences student to apply for the Mountaineer GOAL Program. Pre-internship and internship positions are unpaid.
Review the following placement options to for internships.
Disclaimer: position availability may vary.
The Department of Athletics Communications within WVU Athletics facilitates media coverage for all 18 Mountaineer varsity sports. Athletics Communications is responsible for publicizing and promoting teams and student-athletes through press releases, game notes, media guides, press conferences, social media, posters, schedule cards and interaction with individual members of the media.
The Athletics Marketing Department is an important component to the overall athletic success at WVU. Tasked with in-game entertainment for fans at all major events along with cultivating and honoring corporate sponsorship contracts and involvement, the marketing department is a busy behind-the-scenes unit. Exciting game atmospheres, video board entertainment, promoting ticket sales, creative social media placement and organizing special events for fan interaction with the student-athletes all get their important start within the marketing department.;
The athletic training program in the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides provide quality health care for WVU student-athletes. The scope of the athletic training services includes injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling to enable student-athletes to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. The athletic training staff works in conjunction with the team physicians and athletics administration to ensure student-athletes receive quality care throughout their careers at WVU.
West Virginia University baseball, a member of the Big 12 Conference, has been an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 1892 and boasts nearly 2,200 wins, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, 21 NCAA All-Americans, 98 Major League Baseball Draft choices, 26 Major League players and one Olympian through the 2020 season. In 2019, West Virginia University’s Monongalia County Ballpark was the host venue for an NCAA Regional and a record 4,355 fans attended West Virginia’s tournament opener against Fordham.
West Virginia University is home to some of the finest athletic facilities in the country, and maintaining and treating them with care are the responsibilities of the Athletics Facilities department. Gameday and daily practice operations along with maintenance and venue planning are just some of the responsibilities. Daily work includes dealing with coaches and administrators to schedule each facility and working with the general public on facility rentals. Gamedays are long and eventful, but the facilities staff knows that a fun and safe fan experience in WVU athletics venues means their gameday efforts were a success.
The oldest varsity sport at West Virginia University, Mountaineer football is a member of the Big 12 Conference. Football has been an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1891 and ranks among the winningest programs in NCAA history. The Mountaineers are frequently on national television as a member of a Power 5 conference and are among a select group of programs invited to play in a bowl game in 17 out of the last 20 seasons. Football has produced 43 All-Americans since 2002 and nearly 110 overall selections in its history. WVU has had 26 players selected in the NFL Draft over the last nine years, which ranks near the top of all Big 12 schools. In all, nearly 200 players have been drafted by NFL teams as West Virginia has consistently sent players to the pro ranks. The Mountaineers are coached by Neal Brown, considered one of the top young, up-and-coming coaches in the game.
The Mountaineer Athletic Club is the professional fundraising arm for the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The primary objective of the MAC is to provide the resources necessary to enrich the lives of our student-athletes as they strive to reach their full academic and athletic potential. The financial support and commitment by MAC members helps to help ensure all student-athletes in WVU’s 18 sports programs receive the resources they need to succeed academically and athletically.
The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Nutrition department is dedicated to providing the best nutrition support and overall student-athlete care in the context of athletic performance and health. Its goal is to ensure the nutritional health, safety, performance and proper fueling for student-athletes by providing evidenced-based nutrition education and recommendations throughout the year through the collaborative efforts of the athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports medicine and food service teams.
The goal of West Virginia’s strength and conditioning program is to build the total student-athlete in body and mind. Properly conditioned athletes are healthy athletes and less prone to injury. WVU’s strength coaches are outstanding teachers and emphasize safety, technique and nutrition. All athletic weight rooms are equipped with the latest technology to produce fine-tuned athletes who know that championships are won by those who embrace hard work and have the discipline to tolerate discomfort.
West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving is part of the Big 12 Conference. The men’s program has been competing as an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1953 while the women first began competing in 1974. Both programs have produced numerous NCAA qualifiers, All-Americans and Olympic athletes during their existence and the Mountaineers are now competing in a new $48 million, 50-meter aquatic center officially dedicated in the fall of 2018 at Mylan Park.
The West Virginia University volleyball team competes in the Big 12 Conference and plays a full round-robin schedule with the other nine members of the league. The program is consistently one of the top academic teams at the University and in the nation, winning the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award on several occasions. The Mountaineers play their home matches in the venerable 14,000 seat WVU Coliseum and a record crowd of almost 4,000 watched the Mountaineers play eventual national champion Texas in 2012 on ESPN. WVU volleyball reached the semifinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in 2017.
West Virginia University women’s basketball is a member of the Big 12 Conference, winning the league title in 2017. Women’s basketball has been an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 1974, and the program has recorded more than 800 wins and made 17 postseason appearances with 13 straight from 2007-19. WVU has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament eight times and since 2004 has had nine players with links to the WNBA. In 1984, Mountaineer player Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk in an official NCAA game. The Mountaineers are coached by Mike Carey, the program’s all-time leader in wins and winning percentage. Under his leadership since 2002, WVU has won a school single-season record 30 wins, posted 13 21-win seasons and recorded the highest rankings in school history.
One of the youngest Olympic sports at West Virginia University, Mountaineer women’s
soccer is also undoubtedly the most successful. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has built
a powerhouse program that played for the national championship in 2016 and has
won Big East and Big 12 championships. The program also produces All-Americans,
professional players, Olympic and International team selections. Kadeisha
Buchanan was the Hermann Trophy winner in 2016, college soccer’s version of
the Heisman Trophy. The team plays its home matches at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium,
adjacent to the WVU Coliseum.