Detroit PAL – Athletics Administration Coordinator Internship

The Children’s Foundation

Detroit PAL

About Detroit PAL 

The Detroit Police Athletic League is a private, nonprofit corporation that, in partnership with community volunteers and the Detroit Police Department, helps youth find their greatness through athletic and youth enrichment programs. The company is results-oriented, and driven by its values of Kids First, Strive for Excellence, Collaborative Environment and a Positive Work Environment. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Work directly with the Director of Programs & Operations and with the Executive Leadership to support the needs and growth of Athletics & Youth Enrichment programs. 
  • Work with the Director of Program Administration to coordinate the Detroit PAL Internship program including hiring, onboarding, and supervising undergraduate college interns. 
  • Coordinate with First Tee of Greater Detroit for all programmatic and organizational needs to strengthen the partnership and grow the Detroit PAL golf program.
  • Work together with Associate Athletic Directors to grow sports programs with responsibilities including facility acquisition, program marketing, youth recruitment, volunteer coordination, and event support. 
  • Work across the organization on multi-departmental projects. 


Desirable Credentials, Skills and Traits 

  • Master’s student or recent graduate in Sports Management or Sports Administration. 
  • Exceptional project management skills. 
  • Strong Initiative. 
  • Ability to be work independently and in a team environment. 
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organization. 
  • Solid customer service skills. 
  • Passion for Sports and Athletic Programs. 
  • Ability to work well with internal and external customers. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office and Google Suite Applications. 
  • High standards for excellence in execution.


General Internship Objectives 

  • Understand the goals and objectives of the Detroit PAL and the projects being conducted by program and administration staff. 
  • Gain a better understanding of the uniqueness of running youth development programs in an urban environment. 
  • Develop skillsets for running athletics programs including development, operations and evaluation. 
  • Learn more about non-profits including community and corporate collaborations. 
  • Develop an understanding of how programs and fundraising work together at a non-profit. 

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