We believe that on-the-job experience through internships provides the most effective transition from college to full-time careers.
We know that internships must be challenging, educational and fun, so we take extra care to ensure that the host/intern relationship is a meaningful one.

A great attitude toward work, a sincere interest in learning, and a high energy level are the qualities we look for.

Positions fill fast, so we encourage you to contact us as early as possible. You can complete an online application here and read testimonials from our previous interns here.


At Performance Research, we are committed to building the most highly capable and motivated research team.

Realizing there is little opportunity for learning about sponsorship research in academic settings, Performance Research has set up an internship program for those interested in pursuing careers in the sponsorship industry.

We open one position for interns just one or two times each year. Interns are an important part of our team, and you will be treated like any other member of our staff. This is your chance to gain invaluable experience and truly make your mark. Many past interns have secured full-time positions at Performance Research or challenging careers at other sports and special event organizations.

No specific academic background is required; however, strong writing skills, a great attitude toward work, a sincere interest in learning, and a high energy level are the qualities we most seek.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

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Internship Benefits

  • Travel (occasionally weekends) throughout the United States to sports and special events, collecting data by conducting sponsorship interviews with sports fans or event attendees
  • All travel and accommodation expenses are paid during research trips
  • Assist in the generation of research tabulations
  • Design and write sponsorship research reports and presentations using PowerPoint and Word
  • Opportunity to receive course credit

Internship Structure

  • Full internships are for 10-12 week periods, depending on time of year.
  • Our internship program runs year-round; however, positions are often limited to spring and summer months.
  • Any weekend work trips are mandatory and additional to the set 45 hours per week
  • Interns are responsible for finding and paying for all accommodations and utilities during the internship
  • Performance Research will provide classifieds and realtor leads to help with your accommodation search

Apply Today

We receive far more applications for our internship program than the number of available positions, so if you are interested we encourage you to complete an online application form as soon as possible, stating the dates of the internship program which are best for you.
We also ask you to provide us with a writing sample, it can be anything you have written and are proud of. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be about sponsorship, marketing, or research; we are far more interested in your writing style and communication strengths.

The sample should be between one and ten pages in length.

Good luck! We look forward to working with you in the future.

Intern Testimonials

“An enjoyable and excellent experience…solid working and learning environment with a professional staff who are available and supportive …you are given responsibility and flexibility to pursue your interests and initiate projects ….abundance of resources ….the opportunity to travel …a perfect insight into the world of sports marketing research”

Mat Farkash (2002)

The most important element of the internship was… “the contacts I made and the companies I worked with.”

Rommie Samai (2002)

“The Performance Research internship has been the most exciting and rewarding career choice I have made. Every employer I’ve interviewed with has been extremely interested in my Performance Research internship. I learned valuable research / marketing techniques, and met some incredible people.”

Cynthia Perry (2001)

“It allowed me to see many different events and learn what works and doesn’t work when it comes to sponsoring events.”

Ned Caron (2000)

“What an experience, I can’t think of a better training programme, I got to travel all over America, witnessed some of the biggest sporting events in the world and interviewed so many interesting people.”

Mark Knight (1999)

Performance Research Online Internship Application