Newhouse Grad Named to NCAA Postgraduate Intern Class

By Keith Kobland

June 29, 2017
Saquandra Heath ’17

An alumna of the Newhouse School has been selected for a postgraduate internship at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Saquandra Heath ’17 is one of 31 students from colleges and universities throughout the United States to be chosen for the internship, which is taking place at NCAA offices in Indianapolis.

“The NCAA postgraduate internship has exposed participants to the inner workings of college sports and higher education from the national perspective for more than 25 years,” according to Kyle Leach, the NCAA’s assistant director of leadership development. “It is an experience they might eventually bring to careers as full-time athletics administrators on college campuses or in athletics conference offices.”

“So far, it’s been an amazing experience,” Heath says of her new role, which started recently. “Everyone here is welcoming and allowing me to take on different projects. Already I’m learning more about the role of the NCAA, and I’m excited to to see what the next year holds for me.

Heath is working 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday. “I’ll also be working at events, including NCAA championship games and any other activity that involves the organization.”

For Heath, it’s just the latest in a progression of impressive resume builders. During her time at Syracuse University, Heath worked as a student assistant in the Office of Athletic Communications, and also served as a communications intern with the National Football League in New York City.

As for her future, Heath wants to stay involved in the world of sports entertainment. “My passion is athletics,” according to Heath, “whether it’s college or pro sports, this is not only where I want to be but where I’m best positioned, thanks to my Newhouse experience.”

The NCAA is also seeking interns for the summer of 2018. The application process opens in mid-August. Applications and more information can be found here.