The Problem with Internships and Dealing with Conflicting Offers - Work in Sports Podcast e59

By Brian Clapp | March 09, 2018

The massive problem with the way organizations run their internship programs and how you should handle conflicting job offers

Hi everybody I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for and this is the WorkinSports podcast…

It’s March, and for those of us sports people that can mean only one thing. Gambling disguised as college basketball fandom.Your Sports Career Questions Answered

Sure we want our teams to win, but more importantly we want to win that bracket so Suzy in accounting or Ron in IT knows who is boss. Am I right?

So before I get to todays QA session two important pieces of info.

1: Work in Sports is going to run a bracket – and here is the kicker – anyone who beats my bracket, gets a month free on our site. And, the person who wins the overall bracket will get a $100 gift card – we’re still debating where, I say Dick’s sporting goods, but since they don’t sponsor the podcast, it’s up for grabs!

2: We are also running our annual #Jobmadness promotion – which will get you a 30 day membership for 75% off the normal price. All you have ot do is email me at or hit me up on linkedin or message me through our private facebook group.

But you have to make contact with me. See it’s kind of a test…are you the type that sits back and waits for things to come to you--- or do you go get it? Well in this case you have to go get it. So promo is on, come and get it!

Just to explain why this is worth your time:

Do you want to work in sports marketing? 1690 jobs on our site. Rightnow I’m looking at a Director of marketing and communication for the National Field Hockey Coaches association – and while you may know nothing about Field Hockey, the point is this.

Many of you talk about a certain site that shares many of the available pro sports jobs. But that’s it. We have them all. We have thousands of jobs in sports you didn’t even know existed…and the pro and the college jobs and the nike and the espn.

We have it all.

Sales marketing media events, pr operations, retail, manufacturing – we have it all.

So beat my bracket. Email me to get our job madness promo. Let’s get to work.

Now on to our question of the Friday.

Today’s question comes from Emma – she didn’t start out by saying she loves the podcast, but at this point, it’s a given.

Here goes:

So my tactic of applying to as many jobs as possible is starting to backfire on me. I ended up accepting an internship because it was the only opportunity I had at the time and I start next week. It isn’t exactly what I want to do but it’s a start in the right direction. Meanwhile I just received an email from my “dream job” that they want to do another interview with me after having applied to it a month and half ago. How do I go about explaining to them I want the job but I have a 2 month commitment with someone else? Is there a chance they will understand? Both jobs are working in golf, except one is in communications and the other is in production.   

Emma you’d be surprised how often this happens...

Listen in to the podcast to hear how I handle this question on sports internships and a conflict of job offers!


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