By Say~It~Loud!

January 13, 2022

HBCU Students Can Apply Today Through Feb. 20 to Intern at the NBA League Office or Teams – Inaugural Program to Take Place June 6 – Aug. 12, 2022.

Today, the NBA opened the application window for the first-ever class of the NBA HBCU Fellowship Program.  The Fellowship Program, which will be led by the NBA Foundation, aims to provide career development opportunities in the business of basketball for undergraduate and graduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Current full-time HBCU undergraduate (rising juniors and seniors) and graduate students can apply via today through Feb. 20, 2022 to intern with the league office or teams for a ten-week period this summer.  Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis and offers will be extended in early spring.   The NBA family is committed to a diverse and equitable hiring process and has enlisted the support of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community, to assist with recruitment of the more than 300,000 HBCU students that they serve annually and the full HBCU network.  TMCF will also manage logistics around housing and relocation for the inaugural class of fellows.


In total, 60 fellows will be selected by NBA teams and the league office to work within a variety of departments, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, legal, social responsibility, marketing and more.  Fellows will be matched with a league or team employee mentor as part of their experience.  They will also participate in enriching professional development opportunities throughout the summer run by the league office and NBA Foundation, including a two-day orientation at the NBA league office in June, workshops and team building activities.  Each fellow will be compensated and provided with transitional financial support.

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The NBA HBCU Fellowship Program

The NBA HBCU Fellowship Program is part of an expansion of the league’s ongoing commitment to HBCUs announced earlier this season that includes new programs designed to create greater opportunity for students and alumni, encourage economic advancement and further celebrate their rich traditions.  As part of this partnership, the NBA will develop new programs and events focused on the HBCU community – specifically around professional development, career advancement and increased support and awareness for HBCU athletics and institutions – to support growth of the next generation of leaders from the Black community and help increase representation of Black talent across the NBA league office and teams.


To learn more about the NBA Foundation’s efforts to drive economic opportunity for Black youth click here.