Recent studies show that the game of golf has an economic impact of more than $100 billion, employs more than 1.6 million people in the U.S., with only a small fraction of those jobs held by those from underrepresented communities. As part of the ongoing effort to address those imbalances and foster a more inclusive game, the USGA annually hires students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program at the U.S. Open Championship. The primary mission of the program is to expose college and graduate school students to the multitude of job opportunities and pathways in the business of golf. Program alumni have found success through full time jobs and internships with the USGA, MNML golf, PGA Tour, at Allied Golf Associations, as well as with industry partners and in broader sports. The USGA is committed to continue the program in 2024 at the U.S. Open and advancing continued long-term change in the golf industry by creating pathways to careers beyond the tee.
The Pathways Program is a one of a kind 10 Day internship, held during the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C. (June 7-17, 2024) and aims to create a behind-the-scenes U.S. Open experience for college and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in golf by:
- Exposure to numerous career opportunities within the industry.
- Providing classroom and real-world opportunities to enhance their professional development capabilities.
- Creating networking opportunities with industry leaders in the Raleigh/Charlotte community.
- Providing career building opportunities with pre-identified segmented championship leaders.
The USGA is a leader in the global golf industry, whose purpose is to unify the game, showcase the best talent in golf, provide impartial governance and advance our impact on critical issues such as sustainability, accessibility and inclusion.
Components of the program will come to life through the following:
- Leadership and Navigating the Corporate World
- Career Development Sessions
- Industry Leadership Panels
- Community Impact Opportunity
- Professional Networking Opportunities
- ‘On-The-Job-Training” and Shadowing Experiences
- Pathways Pitch Competition
What you bring to the USGA:
- Demonstrated maturity, dependability, integrity, and initiative to learn.
- Ability to positively contribute to a work environment that emphasizes teamwork, respect for differences, and accepting and giving constructive feedback.
- No prior experience working in golf is required but a demonstration of strong interest in working in sports is preferred.
- Enrolled in an undergraduate (rising sophomore or above) or graduate program at an accredited college or university.
- Dates: June 7 – 17, 2024 (arrival: Friday, June 7; departure: Monday, June 17)
- This is a Paid Internship Experience
- The following will be paid by the USGA:
- If not from the local Pinehurst area - roundtrip travel from home airport/train/bus station
- Room and board for the duration of the program
- Meals, snacks and related program expenses
- Intern Uniforms will be provided.
- Application Period: October 1, 2023 – January 12, 2024
- Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- The Selection Committee will conduct virtual interviews with the final pool of candidates.
- All final candidates selected will need to submit (1) Letter of Recommendation from an academic or professional reference.
- All offers will be extended by Wednesday, March 13th.
About the USGA
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer