McMaster Marauders Launch Internships For Recent Black Graduates

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HAMILTON, Ont. – Initiating a program to develop young Black coaching and administrative talent, the McMaster Marauders have officially posted three new positions as the department looks to hire Athletics and Recreation Interns.

Each year, up to three recent Black graduates will be selected for these positions, and will receive one-year, full-time paid internship opportunities within Marauder Athletics & Recreation in coaching or administrative roles.

“These roles form part of a strategy to create recruitment pipelines of talented Black graduates,” said Dr. Clare Warner, Senior Advisor, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism.

“Awareness of the persistent absence of some groups in your workforce is no longer good enough. The question that is asked and acted upon has to be, ‘what are we doing to attract, and develop, the talent we are currently missing out on?'”

The internships were first announced in October as part of the Action Plan in response to the review of the Black student-athlete experience and will be the first of its kind for the department.

Removing barriers and attempting to provide more options for all applicants, the department has expanded its internship opportunities and is looking to engage recent Black graduates with an interest in exploring a career in the athletics and recreation industries.

Prospective interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Athletic Director, Athlete Services Coordinator, Camps Coordinator, Coaching staff on several varsity teams, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Strength & Conditioning Coach, among others, providing well-rounded insight and invaluable experience in the field.

“As a department, we are committed to increasing representation, and the introduction of these roles will help us begin to work towards this goal,” said Shawn Burt, Director, Athletics and Recreation.

“Offering these new team members the ability to gain exposure to a wide range of administrative, and coaching roles, in our department will ensure we are doing everything possible to map a career path for the successful candidates.”

The purpose of these three new internships is to provide support, mentorship and guidance to the successful applicants. Inturn, the department recognizes the need for their experiences and skill set to help us rebuild.

“I have no doubt we will benefit from the skills and experience they will be bringing into the department. I look forward to welcoming the interns to our team, and advancing the need for greater Black representation here at McMaster, and across the field of athletics and recreation in Canada.”

All three interns will also be supported by the Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism leads throughout their one-year terms. Preference will be given to individuals who have graduated from a higher education institution within the past three years.

If you are a recent Black graduate interested in this internship, please click HERE to apply

Application deadline is June 16th. For more information, please contact us at

The department of Athletics and Recreation, and McMaster University, offers a wide range of employment opportunities – if you are ineligible for this internship, please check for more opportunities to work with us.

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