University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities – Athletic Equipment Internship

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics 

University of Minnesota

2023-2024 Athletic Equipment Internship


The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking applicants for a 100 percent; up to 9 months, Professional-in-Training/Internship (9584). 

Department Description:

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will have an internship program for 2023-2024 in a variety of areas throughout Gopher Athletics. Gopher Athletics maintains a broad-based athletics program and participates in the Big Ten and WCHA conferences.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Department is committed to hiring a diverse staff and actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

All interns will participate in an on-going ICA intern professional development program where they will tour Twin Cities sports facilities and have Q&A sessions with organizational and industry leaders. Each intern will also be assigned a senior member of the Gopher Athletics staff as a mentor for the year. In addition, there is an opportunity to participate in our new Intern Talent Share Program to gain experience in areas within Gopher Athletics that are outside of their primary responsibilities.


Supervisor: Lori Gislason – Director of Equipment

Anticipated Start Date: July 3rd, 2023

Stipend:  $750 bi-weekly* (24 pay periods)

Term:   9 months

*Housing and parking are not included in internship appointment


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree  


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sport management or business
  • Experience in  football and Olympic sport equipment

Internship Description:

You will be supervised directly by the Director of Football Equipment Operations and indirectly by the Director of Equipment Operations.  You will have an initial period of observation, followed by supervision as needed. Review will happen on a daily basis. You are expected to ask for assistance when needed. The football assistant equipment manager and Bierman equipment managers will mentor this internship. A general description of the internship opportunity is as follows:


Receive “hands on” learning experiences with:

  • Football equipment experience for practices, competition, helmet and shoulder pad fitting, travel for road and bowl games and much more!
  • Olympic sport experience with baseball, softball, track and field, soccer, golf, and many other teams!
  • Preparing a future apparel order
  • Managing an inventory system
  • Assisting with apparel taxation management
  • Planning/building/managing a budget for an athletic equipment room
  • Misc. opportunities related to equipment management


Review of applications will begin on: May 1st, 2023

Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled. We are committed to having a diverse staff and actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Offers of internship are contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification.


Application Instructions:

To submit an application, navigate to, hover cursor over “Athletics” in the top banner, and click on “Employment.” Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on the “Internship Application” link. If you are interested in applying to more than one of the internships, you will need to submit your cover letter and resume to each respective internship. You must also complete the Confidential Application Form. 

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