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Looking to Start a Career in Professional Sports? Here’s How.

Production staff view screens in an ESPN operation room during Wimbledon.

Production staff view screens in an ESPN operation room during Wimbledon. Production staff view screens in an ESPN operation room during Wimbledon. | Carl Court/Getty Images

Working in the sports industry can be difficult. All sports fans dream about it at one point or another, but only a handful of jobs are available. Many people would love to do something involving their favorite sports teams. However, from operating a camera, writing columns, or simply doing some unsung, behind-the-scenes job, you can get your foot in the door within the sports industry. You just have to know how.

Internships can be problematic. Many don’t pay, which narrows down the talent pool to those with significant financial backing. Nonetheless, a pro sports internship is currently the best way to showcase your work and build a strong network. We compiled the seven best internships — and their application processes — to jumpstart your career in professional sports.

7. Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship

Bill Walsh talks with a San Francisco 49ers coach.

Bill Walsh talks with a San Francisco 49ers coach. Bill Walsh consulted for the San Francisco 49ers for a while. | John G. Mabanglo/AFP/Getty Images

For the last 30-plus years, NFL icon Bill Walsh has operated a coaching fellowship with the goal of helping candidates earn full-time coaching positions. The fellowship gives candidates experience by utilizing minicamps and training camps for all 32 NFL teams.

Walsh designed the program so participants learn in real situations with the same teams that end up hiring them. The fellowship encourages clubs to sign at least four participants. In order to apply for the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, you must submit an application no later than May 1 for the year in which you intend to take part.

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