COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A pair of NFL players, Corey Fuller and Martin Ifedi, are set to take part in a three-week externship program at the University of Maryland. They are just two of 41 NFL players working at 20 different organizations and companies across the country as the program enters its fifth year.
For three weeks during the offseason, current and transitioning NFL players are provided practical experience in the workforce and insight into areas they may want to pursue after football. Externs will spend invaluable time with various organizations committed to providing insight into their fields, assigning impactful projects, offering feedback and creating networking opportunities.
The NFLPA fielded a record 110 applications this winter from interested players. After narrowing the applicants, each member of the 2018 NFLPA Externship class was matched with businesses and industries that best fit their interests and career goals.
“Heading into the fifth year of the program, the NFLPA Externship allows our members to gain hands-on experience in hopes that they discover post-football career interests,” said Dana Hammonds Shuler, senior director of the NFLPA’s player affairs department. “The players get a chance to build their network and gain the confidence they need for future endeavors. We’ve recruited some of the best organizations to host our player externs, and they are fully committed to immersing participants in the business world.”
The program, run by the NFLPA’s Player Affairs department, is designed to assist players in realizing their potential and value beyond football through gainful, real-world experience. The Externship serves as one of several post-career programs offered by the NFLPA, all of which are built on the theme of helping players--both active and transitioning-- find their niche and discover more of their gifts.
At the start and conclusion of the three-week program, the NFLPA will host local externs for a day of professional development, including an address by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith as well as advice for successful job interviewing, building your brand and crafting résumés.
The program runs through March 2. For more information, please visit the NFLPA's website by clicking here.