2014-15 Interns:

Chelcie Abajian


Cameron Barrett

Brandon McCladdie

Erin Mykleby

About the NACDA Internship Program

Beginning in the fall of 1984, the NACDA internship program has provided opportunities for more than 180 college students and graduates who are aspiring collegiate athletics administrators. NACDA interns hail from all over the United States, as well as a few international students, who commit to the year-long internship.

During the NACDA internship, students are exposed to different aspects involved in the field of athletics administration.  This internship serves as a way to increase a student's knowledge of the administrative duties within collegiate athletics by providing practical experience.

Lee Reed and Dawn (Moore) Rogers became the first NACDA interns to earn the position of director of athletics; Reed at Cleveland State (currently at Georgetown) and Moore at Xavier.

NACDA has also employed several former interns including -Jamie Bouyer; Jason Galaska; Laurie Garrison; Chris Green; Jude Killy; Dana (Ingraham) LeRoy; Melissa (Dukov) Lynch; Pat Manak; Denise (Ladd) Manak; Katie Newman; Liz (Zielie) McFarland; Becky Parke; Lisa Polak; Ryan Virtue and Matt Wolfert. (Italics indicate current employees.)

NACDA All-Time Intern Listing
Internship Term

July 2015 - June 2016
Applications for the 2015-16 NACDA Internship Program are no longer being accepted.  The application process for the 2016-17 Internship Program will be launched in September 2015.

NACDA offers four (4) internships per year that focus on various events and projects as determined by the various Associations' Board of Directors/Executive Committees. Each intern is assigned to specific Affiliate Associations based on career path interest and previous experiences, giving them the opportunity to work with, and establish relationships with, some of the biggest decision makers in college athletics. 

In addition to the networking opportunity, our interns enhance and learn a number of skills including internal & external communication, social media strategy, design, writing, customer service, attention to detail and many others.


Our interns receive a bi-weekly stipend.  In addition to the stipend, NACDA provides housing for each intern.

Work Hours

The internship program consists of a standard 40 hour work week.


Interns will be evaluated twice during their internship, midyear and at the end. These reviews are meant to be constructive and a tool for recognizing how well he/she is performing or where improvements need to be made. In addition, each intern will have the opportunity to evaluate NACDA on the quality of the internship program.


Ryan Virtue is the director and supervisor of the internship program.  Each intern, however, will be assigned to specific Associations and will report to the appropriate Association Manager.  Close working relationships with all staff members will be developed.

Application Process

Applications for the 2015-16 NACDA Internship Program are no longer being accepted.  The application process for the 2016-17 Internship Program will be launched in September, 2015

Interested candidates should complete the following steps to be considered:

  • Complete the online internship application (available September 2015).
  • Send a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three (3) references to Ryan Virtue via email at

The application deadline is January 16. Upon receipt of support materials, each applicant will receive a confirmation email. Following the deadline, all applications and support material will be thoroughly reviewed. All applicants will receive an email update in late February/early March once the initial review process has been completed. This email will outline next steps for those selected to continue through the interview process.

All internship questions may be directed to Ryan Virtue at or 440-788-7473.