Jobs & Internships

To give you a little background

We live what we do. The Sports Backers staff is a passionate bunch, and we want our new team members to be passionate also. If you’re into the active lifestyle and want to help us spread the love of physical activity to the rest of Richmond, you’ve come to the right place. But just to warn you, we can’t take everyone… So dazzle us!


We don’t currently have any open positions. Check back again soon!


The Sports Backers have three internship positions available per term and one for the school year. Terms follow the Fall, Spring and Summer seasons. Schedules are as follows and can be flexible based on an individual’s academic calendar. Oh, did we mention they were PAID?!


Term Apply by


May – Mid-August

March 1

School Year

Mid-August – Mid-May

June 16

Each internship position listed below requires an outgoing, self-motivated individual who possesses effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Each position will require weekend and evening work surrounding our event schedule. To apply, click on the link to any position and fill out the form.

Keep it Moving Intern (apply now!)

  • Coordinate with full time staff, school employees, and partner organizations to implement community and school based fitness programs
  • Assist with income based event entries, maintain up-to-date database of program related information
  • Engage with the public about Sports Backers programs at community events
  • Provide direct service in community and school based programs as needed
  • Assist from time to time at Sports Backers events
  • Work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends


  • Developed interpersonal skills and outgoing personality is required
  • A passion for an active lifestyle is preferred
  • Program management, community organizing, and/or public engagement experience is a plus




PR & Communications Intern (application period opens January 1)

  • Assist the Public Relations & Marketing department with day-to-day promotion of Sports Backers events.
  • Assist with the management of the Sports Backers’ social media outlets. This includes increasing frequency of interaction, brainstorming contest ideas, and keeping the content fresh.
  • Research relevant stories and articles to feature in our e-newsletter, PULSE.
  • Write articles and press releases related to Sports Backers events and people participating in them.
  • Assist in monitoring the performance of digital advertisements.

Applicants are asked to submit a relevant article, feature story, blog post, or social media campaign as a writing sample along with a cover letter and resume. 


Event Management Intern (application period opens January 1)

  • Assist full-time staff with day-to-day operations and event planning.
  • Answer incoming calls and assist in answering inquiries about the Sports Backers and our events.
  • Assist with distribution of promotional materials in the community.
  • Assist with mail-in registration input for all events.
  • Manage projects for events and serve on event committees.
  • Assist with the set-up and breakdown of events both on-site and in the warehouse.
  • Assist other departments with projects as needed.


Bike Walk RVA Urban Planning Intern (application period opens January 1)

Bike Walk RVA (a program of Sports Backers) is looking for a creative, astute Urban Planning Intern to make attractive maps, conduct data analysis, and help with graphic design needs in our mission to advocate for comfortable and connected biking and walking infrastructure in greater Richmond.


  • Run our bi-annual bike/ped count program in September and May, including analysis of findings
  • Produce attractive informational maps
  • Assist with graphic design needs for social media and campaign promotion
  • Engage with the public about Bike Walk RVA at community events in greater Richmond
  • Occasionally assist with set-up and take-down of Sports Backers events
  • Work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends

Required experience:

  • Urban planning education (in progress or graduated)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Graphic representation (Adobe suite, for example)
  • Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Must have a positive, can-do attitude