Internships at SPIRE

Thank you for your interest in the SPIRE Internship Program!

Students seeking internships in sports performance, sport psychology, sports management, events and facilities management, communications, marketing and operations will be hard-pressed to find a better training ground than SPIRE.

Recently designated an Official United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, SPIRE offers the facilities, programs and resources that will ultimately train Team USA. SPIRE also runs one of the world’s first multi-sports training academies in basketball, volleyball, track & field, swimming and football and hosts a number of high profile regional/national tournaments/events camps and clinics each year.

The internships are offered on site at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio and follow the traditional college semester schedule. Internships are unpaid and start at a minimum of 10 hours per week and are offered up to 40 hours per week. Interns will gain invaluable experience in all facets of SPIRE’s operations and be actively engaged in departmental work. During the summer term, preference will be given to interns who are available to intern full-time at SPIRE. Students will receive academic credit consistent with their college/university guidelines.

SPIRE’s internship program does not currently provide housing and/or transportation.

Internship Term Periods:

Term Dates Application Deadline
Spring 2016 January 19 - May 6, 2016

November 1, 2015

Summer 2016 June 1 - August 20, 2016

February 1, 2016

Fall 2016 September 9 - December 4, 2016 March 15, 2016

While SPIRE aims to adhere to the above dates, they may vary slightly and in special circumstances SPIRE may be able to accommodate other schedules on an individual basis.

To be eligible for the internship program, students must have completed at least two years of college before the start of the internship and be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university. Internships are competitive.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with SPIRE, you must submit a resume and a cover letter indicating the internship you are applying for. Letters of reference are optional; however, any letters must be submitted at the time of the resume submission.


Marketing & Communications: Interns will work with our marketing team on projects and initiatives that involve multiple sports, events and camps. The emphasis is on public relations, sponsorships/partnerships, media outreach and social media. They assist in event marketing/management and develop promotional materials, media guides, social media, community outreach projects, database creation as well as developing their own project. Fall application deadline extended until September 1, 2015.

Sports Management, Events and Operations: Interns assist with a variety of activities including: administrative tasks necessary to prepare for all major events, including planning, scheduling & coordination. Operations include event logistics, supervision and a wide range of responsibilities on the day of the event.

The Sport Physiology: Interns work closely with our Michael Johnson Performance team; supervising athlete warm-ups, training programs, athlete performance testing and general data entry. Sport Physiology interns may also become involved with SPIRE Fit health club, which is a community based membership program offering strength and cardiovascular training, group fitness and wellness programming.

Sports Law/Law: Interns work with our executive office on research projects and initiatives that could involve contracts, risk management, liability and compliance. Interns may work directly with members of SPIRE’s executive team including the CEO/COO.

Sports Psychology/Psychology with Coaching Background: Senior or Grad students earning academic credit highly recommended. Interns will work closely with our Mental Skills Performance Coach in developing healthy, confident individuals with the leadership, communication, and character building skills necessary to succeed in sport and school. Interns will collect data, develop and present lessons while working with students.

Sports Specific Coaching: Any intern candidates with an interest in the coaching aspect of one of our basketball, football, swimming, track and field or volleyball, may also apply.

Student Services-Sports Camps: Work closely with the Student Services department in the coordination and supervision of all sports camps at SPIRE Institute. Duties may include but are not limited to: data entry, daily scheduling, assisting in the daily management and preventative maintenance of athlete population. Housing for the summer is provided.


More about SPIRE Institute:

SPIRE is one of the largest indoor, multi-sport, training and competition complexes in the world. With more than 750,000 sq. ft. under roof and acres of outdoor facilities, it has the unique capacity to simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events no matter the weather or the season. SPIRE Institute has been officially designated a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, one of only a handful of facilities nationally with this distinction. As an official training site of Team USA, SPIRE will offer resources, services and facilities to U.S. track & field and wheelchair basketball athletes, while creating an elite training environment that positively impacts performance. Every consideration has been taken to create an unparalleled experience for the athlete, the coach and the spectator. Click or cut and paste the link below and take our online facility tour and see for your self just what SPIRE’s all about:

A few of the more notable Events hosted by SPIRE include:

  • NAIA Track & Field National Championships
  • NCAA Division I Track & Field Invitational
  • Big East Track & Field Championships
  • Big Ten Track & Field Championships
  • USATF Junior Olympic Regional Meet
  • Atlantic 10 Swimming& Diving Championships
  • Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championships
  • USA Volleyball Junior Men's Team Training


Please send your resume and cover letter to the following address or email:

SPIRE Institute
Attn: Internship Coordinator
5201 SPIRE Circle
Geneva, Ohio 44041

Internship Position Descriptions
Events and Operations Internship

Marketing and Communications Internship

Sport Physiology Internship

Student Services Sports Camps Internship