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Athlete Leadership Internship / Sports Industry Employer

Special Olympics Minnesota

The Athlete Leadership program creates opportunities for Special Olympics athletes to develop and demonstrate leadership skills, utilize their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, and influence change inside and outside Special Olympics to help create inclusive communities all over the world.

The program has been around since 1986, starting with the Athlete for Outreach Course which is now called Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Program. It was expanded in 2002 to include training courses beyond that of the Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Program, and it has continued to grow in recent years.

Position responsibilities

-Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
-Develop and create content to capture and engage athlete leaders
-Collaborate with other Special Olympics staff to advance Athlete Leadership marketing
-Assist with the implementation of ALPs University
-Attend various Special Olympics related events representing the program
-These individuals will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement with the Athlete Leadership Program. They will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and leadership initiatives listed above as well as experience working in a nonprofit organization.


The Athlete Leadership internship is open to any unified pairs (one individual with a disability & one individual without a disability) that have previously taken an Athlete Leadership course in the past three years. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 5 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling, and must commit to six-months in the role.

Some characteristics we are looking for in an intern and that will make them successful in this position:

-Self-directed and self-motivated to engage in meaningful and impactful work
-Able to take the initiative and complete intern responsibilities independently
-Self-ware and is able to serve as an advocate for Athlete Leadership and demonstrate the values associated with Special Olympics Minnesota

The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position must be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. The Athlete Leadership intern will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

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