Academics Internship

The goal of the Florida State Student-Athlete Academic Services Staff Internship program is to train and develop individuals for a career in the profession of student athlete academic support.

Interns participate in a rigorous training program designed to build and enhance the foundational knowledge base and skills necessary to allow the intern to step into a full time position in the profession and be equipped to function at a high level of proficiency.


Primary responsibilities will be working with assigned advisors to coordinate academic enhancement support for individual student athletes and teams.

Secondary responsibilities will include working with all components of the Student Athlete Academic Services program including academic mentoring, educational services, class checking, study hall monitoring, tutoring services, and others duties as allocated.


“The internship at Florida State University allowed me to grow as a young professional in the Student-Athlete Academic Services field. It provided hands on experience with advising, continuing eligibility, progress towards degree, weekly progress reports and other daily tasks. I was able to work and learn from the large staff at FSU who all have years of experience and are well established in the field.”

Brittany Carnago, M.A.
Academic Coordinator
Georgia Tech

“The internship program at Florida State University helped me advance my career in a very short time and accepting the position was one of the best decisions I‘ve made. Not only did the program expose me to daily tasks like grade reports, advising and class checking, but it also allowed me to gain experience with progress toward degree and continuing eligibility requirements. Also, the experience of being able to work directly with student-athletes and coaches helped me grow as a professional. The staff at FSU is very knowledgeable and all are very willing to help the interns be successful, whether it be showing tips and tools for success or help expanding a professional network.”

Zach Barge, M.Ed.
Athletic Academic Coordinator
Ball State University

“The internship program at Florida State University is hands down the best career decision a young professional pursuing a career in athletic academic advising could make. FSU SAAS’s internship program provided me an opportunity to gain experience in a highly regarded institution with one of the most successful athletic departments in the country. The exposure to the inner workings of Florida State University and FSU Athletics will benefit me for years to come. The dedicated and knowledgeable staff members of the FSU SAAS Department ensure that you leave the internship program polished and ready to pursue full-time positions. The hands-on experience with initial eligibility, continuing eligibility,  academic mentoring, progress towards degree, class registration, grade reports and APR are just a few of the responsibilities that have allowed me to develop the necessary skills to work in this industry. In addition, I have been able to expand my professional network through the help of the staff. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked for the FSU SAAS Department and would highly recommend the internship program to any individual who is passionate about entering the athletic academic advising industry.”

Emily Hurd, M.Ed.
Special Projects Assistant to Athletic Director
Kent State University

"This internship program at Florida State has been an opportunity for growth and development in the field unlike any other experience I have had. From the complex advising system and mapping requirements to the expectations for elite level athletic competition and academic performance, Florida State is an institution that holds its students and employees to high standards. You have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences throughout the year here and can definitely successfully transition to a full time role in this field after this internship. Those diverse experiences, coupled with passion for the field and hard work, build a profile and transferrable skills that prepare you for advising or learning specialist roles at any level, from Power 5 Division I institutions to the Division II and Division III levels. As an intern, you also have the option to collaborate with a number of student-athlete development type initiatives like the Seminole Leadership and LYFE programs. This further expands your working knowledge of what it takes to provide strong, holistic support to student-athletes. The students are why you get into this field and work hard every day to provide maximum support, and this program prepares you to excel as a leader in intercollegiate athletics."

Kiara McClendon, M.A.Ed., M.C.I.S
Learning Specialist
Ohio State University

For more information please contact

Catie Campbell
Megan Kassmeier
Tatum Rochin
Corey Talley
Mary Cameron Yeomans

Ashley Cruder
Kiara McClendon
Tyler Merillat
Carina Thompson
Jelena Vucinic


Nicole Byrne
Devon Frieson
Emily Hurd
Chasity Prince
Shawn Wagner


Zach Barge
Storm Blitz
Alyssa Harmon


Kelly Benacka
Brittany Carnago
Erin DeChellis