Volunteer & Internships


The Northumbria Sport Student Leadership programme is a nationally Award Winning Programme that offers you fantastic Volunteer opportunities to work with industry professionals and gain valuable experience and employability skills. We offer opportunities working with National Governing Bodies, external organisations, in the local community, and even internationally through the Volunteer Zambia Project!

As a sport volunteer you have the opportunity to work alongside a mentor to support and help guide you throughout your journey. All volunteers and interns also receive free sport kit, training and access to our Sport Leadership and Innovation Fund, which offers you up to £200 towards additional qualifications and training opportunities to help you stand out.



  • Performance Sport 
  • Coaching, Sport Development and Management 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Marketing, Events and Media 
  • InternationaL




Aldi Graduate Programme:

We are proud to be supported by the ALDI Graduate Programme. Like us, they believe that people involved in sport make the best leaders. Find out how the skills you are developing ‘on the pitch’ could be transferred into a career with ALDI. You  can find out more about the career progression in the ALDI Graduate Programme here. Our recent graduate Chelsea Barker is now working within this graduate programme. Click here to find out more information about her experience so far!

Why Volunteer?



1. Make the difference and give something back!  

Volunteering your time to benefit others and the local community can be a hugely valuable and rewarding experience. A number of our roles involve working directly with other students and members of the community across all ages. Evidence shows that helping others can also benefit your own mental health and wellbeing by reducing levels of stress, improve mood and boost self-esteem and happiness.  


2. Connect to others & build relationships 

By joining our sport community as a volunteer or intern you will have the opportunity to meet and work alongside other likeminded students as well as network with industry professionals inside and outside the university. By having a platform to connect with others it also helps create a sense of belonging and reduces feelings of isolation. Our programme allows you to meet new friends and connect with our community all whilst being supported by a mentor throughout your journey.  


3. Have fun and learn! 

Getting involved in a cause that is close to your heart can be hugely beneficial to your own wellbeing. Volunteering has been proven to increase happiness whilst boosting feelings of confidence and optimism!  

Our leadership programme also offering you the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge via further training opportunities. All of our volunteers and interns receive free Emergency First Aid, Safeguarding and Mental Health Training. There are also additional options to CPD courses throughout the year not to mention access to our leadership and innovation fund allowing you to invest into a course of your choice!  


Other perks… 

As a volunteer or intern you will receive a volunteer t-shirt as well as support from Northumbria Sport staff via the Student Hud and our online digital platforms. Volunteer hours are recorded via our volunteer portal so we can recognise all your hard work throughout the year! Your contribution is also acknowledged on your University HEAR transcript at the end of the year.  

How the Sport Leadership Programme can help you kick start your career

Listen to some of our previous students who have benfited from the porgramme and where they are now...