Experience in the operation of a complex athletic department is crucial to the complete preparation of future athletic administrators.  The specialization in Sport Administration at UNC integrates a variety of required experiences into the curriculum. These experiences are distinct during each year of the program.

Year One:  Gain Exposure in a 28-sport athletics program

  • Assist UNC personnel in game operations
  • Plan and execute ACC and NCAA championship events
  • Assist during meetings regarding eligibility, drug education, and counseling
  • Learn the NCAA Compliance software

Year Two:  Acquire specialized skills and experience

  • Learn while working alongside current administrative personnel in a paid, full-time internship within a specific area of the UNC athletic department
    • Opportunities may be available in the following areas:
      • Athletic Communications
      • Business Office
      •  Compliance
      • Football Operations
      •  Fundraising / Ram’s Club
      •  Operations / Facilities Management
      • Sports Marketing
      • Student-Athlete Development
      • Tar Heel Sports Marketing
  • Develop, investigate and complete a thesis project related to a pertinent question or problem in intercollegiate athletics.

“The Department of Athletics and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science enjoy a strong and well-developed relationship that results in significant benefit to the graduate students in the Sport Administration Program. The Athletics Department is committed to the continuation of this relationship and to the success of the students in the program.” –

Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics