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USL Work Experience Program (UWEP)

Overview of the United Soccer League (USL)

The USL is the world’s largest Division II professional soccer league, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America.

In 2016, over $100 million were invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions – which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and over 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL’s Match Center and international markets.

A growing league, the USL has nearly doubled in size since 2014, with the Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies debuting in 2017. Nashville SC is the first club set to join the league for 2018. Beyond league play, the USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, LigaMX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of over 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship. Follow the USL at, the USL Match Center, and on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Program Purpose

Under the direction and guidance of USL Executives, the USL Work Experience Program (UWEP) provides students with the unique opportunity to gain practical sport management experience in a professional sports league setting.  By working on various strategic projects and initiatives, UWEP participants will gain hands on experience with league staff as well as its member teams.  Participants are tasked and responsible for working with all league departments across the entire organization, including finance, sponsorships, broadcasting, business development, digital, marketing, team services, analytics, and legal, with the ultimate goal of providing well-rounded practical work experience in sports.

General Duties and Responsibilities

Working directly with department directors and league staff in the following areas:

  • Legal
  • Ticketing
  • Business Development
  • Events
  • Strategy
  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Competition
  • Security & Operations

The participant will be required to bring sound business judgment and analytical mindset to a number of league initiatives and projects.


Department directors and league staff are looking for students with the following qualities:

  • Student must possess strong academic credentials
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic are a must. Must have a team-first mentality.
  • Should be extremely organized and detail oriented with a focus on quality and consistency.
  • Solid analytic skills along with strong people skills, computer skills, and Internet knowledge.
  • Ability to work under fluid deadlines
  • Knowledge of sports/soccer is preferred but not required

The USL Work Experience Program offers Fall, Spring, and Summer full-time and part-time opportunities that follow normal college/university semester timelines. As the purpose of UWEP is to provide students with practical work experience in sports, the Program requires that students participate for academic credit only (unpaid) in accordance with their individual school’s guidelines. 

If you are interested in participating in the USL Work Experience Program, you can stay updated regarding available opportunities through the USL page on Teamwork Online. Please note that the resume must include the candidate’s available start and end dates.

We thank you for your interest in the USL Work Experience Program and look forward to hearing from you.


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