Background — Strive

Strive is a non-profit organization dedicated to character-driven leadership development. With a focus on high school and collegiate athletes and their coaches, Strive sharpens teams’ power and impact by teaching winning leadership and culture-building strategies that extend into life.

Strive offers a research-based, customizable curriculum that begins with self-knowledge, moves into culture creation, and ultimately instills the habit of rigorous leadership practice in its program participants. Through a robust scholarship program, Strive leads the way in developing character leaders in under-served communities. Strive is based in Wilmington, DE, and serves schools and communities across the U.S.


Background — Sports Challenge


Strive_Program_Logo_SportsChallengeTRANSPARENTSports Challenge develops character-driven leaders on and off the field, applying the rigor of sports training to the practice of leadership. We consciously bring together 100 high school student-athletes from all types of schools, regions and backgrounds to play soccer (boys and girls) or basketball (boys and girls) at a competitive level.

This highly demanding, yet nurturing, program offers a unique 1:5 coach-athlete ratio and an individual coach-mentor for each athlete. Sports Challenge takes place over nine days in an idyllic college setting, where student-athletes live, learn and work together, immersed in a growth-mindset culture.


Job Description:

2019 Sports Challenge Summer Intern

  1. Serve as administrative support to full time staff with the planning and execution of Sports Challenge.

    1. Distribute, manage, and effectively keep record of equipment including t-shirts, jerseys, sports gear, and classroom supplies.b. Coordinate technology for evening presentations and serve as support for technology in classrooms.c.
    2. Assist in general set-up for program operations including staff training, registration, sports practices, and Sports Challenge games.d. Other administrative duties including taking attendance, etc. 
  2.  Uphold the Sports Challenge culture. Our positive, intentional, high energy, compassionate culture is vital to our success. We hire individuals who we feel exude these qualities.  Any disputes, disagreements, and conflicts must be resolved in a mature and diplomatic manner. Bring any issues to the attention of your supervisor early and often.

  3. Invest in your Sports Challenge work. Interns will actively engage, ask questions, problem-solve and take initiatives to complete work that is of a high quality and delivered by the set deadlines.
  4. It is expected that all staff be ON TIME to all Sports Challenge training sessions, leadership classes, evening forum, and evening activities. It is expected that staff treat all student-athletes and fellow staff with respect at all  times. It is expected that if a staff member identifies ANY potential problem or issue, he/she notify the  Directors immediately.   
  5. Participate in all staff training sessions and preparation time. 
    1. Doing prep work before and during the training to ensure maximum preparation for coaching and                classroom teaching.
    2. Assist in cleaning up the facilities at the conclusion of our program.


We seek to hire individuals who are passionate about leadership and the power of athletics as a source of change and good in a community.

Interns who thrive at Strive are motivated self-starters who are comfortable working as a member of a team and autonomously.  We value can-do attitudes, excellent attention to detail and a willingness to tackle all projects, no matter how small or big.  

Students working toward a degree in Communications, Marketing, Media, Public Relations, Social Work, as well as liberal arts degrees are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors in college and recent graduates.  

Our Hiring Philosophy

We hire staff who:

  • Believe in working hard and working as a team

  • Believe that leadership skills can be taught

  • View sports as an extraordinary medium for teaching leadership skills as well as other life-lessons

  • Possess experience working with young people

  • Enjoy the company of the kids with whom we work with and one another

  • Believe in self-improvement and continued learning

  • Take their responsibilities seriously without taking themselves too seriously

Our Core Values & Principles

Strive upholds the following core values, and expects all employees to do the same.

  • Know Thyself - By first practicing self-awareness, we prepare ourselves to be the best possible teammates.

  • Fill Tanks - We demonstrate extraordinary passion and unwavering support of teammates.

  • Brush It Off and Grow - We foster a culture in which individuals seek out challenges, view mistakes as opportunities to improve and bounce back from setbacks.

  • Be Fair and Honest - We do the right thing.

  • Choose Laughter - We believe in the value of laughing and having fun. We take our work seriously, but we do not take ourselves too seriously.

  • Stick With It - We expect all who are involved with Strive to put in their best effort, particularly knowing that effort lies within our circle of control.

  • Find the Best in Yourself so that you can Inspire the Best in Others - In all that we undertake we strive for individual and collective greatness.

Work Calendar:

Dates of Contract: Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 - Friday, July 19th, 2019 

Sports Challenge Staff Training: Monday, June 24th, 2019 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Sports Challenge Program Dates: Thursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, July 5, 2019

**During Sports Challenge Staff Training & Program, you will be expected to stay on campus at Haverford College and work weekends.

Aside from these dates, you will be expected to work Monday thru Friday at Strive’s office at 1007 N Orange St., Wilmington, DE.


How to Apply & Other Specifics:

Send resume, cover letter and a reference (we request a character reference from a coach, professor or job supervisor -- please include their name, relationship, phone number and email) to krista@striveleadership.org no later than April 7th, 2019.  This position will be filled on a rolling basis and may be filled before this deadline. An offer to interview will be extended to qualified candidates.

Interns will earn a modest stipend based on a 40-hour work week.   

Interns are required to use their personal laptop and other tools as applicable for work with Strive. You will also be required to secure your own lodging during the time that we work at our headquarters in Wilmington, DE. Your housing and meals will be covered when we are on-site for Sports Challenge.

Interns will be required to obtain the following prior to Sports Challenge staff training: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and Fingerprint Based Federal Criminal History Check.



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