The NBA’s entity that
conducts all of the league’s businesses in greater China was formed in January
2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992. The NBA has interacted with Chinese
for decades, including first hosting the Chinese National team in 1985. The NBA currently has
relationships with a strong network of television and digital media outlets in China, including a
partnership of more than 25 years with national broadcaster CCTV. The league hosts hundreds of
basketball events for fans, conducts community enrichment programs, and maintains marketing
with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.
NBA China is headquartered in Beijing and also has offices in
Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. NBA
licensed products such as apparel and footwear are available through various retail networks and
authorized online stores on e-commerce and social media platforms, including Tmall.com, JD.com and
WeChat. In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to play games in
China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing.
Following NBA Global Games China 2016, 13 NBA teams will have played 22 games in Greater China.
At NBA China, the Internship Program is not only an opportunity for us to identify
but also a meaningful experience for these young talents to learn and grow here at an early
In this 8 Weeks (July 3 – August 25) summer program, interns will have the opportunity to
participate in a series of events and activities that provide exposure to the varied facets of
NBA business. We offer internship opportunities in all of our business areas.
- Global Partnerships
- Global Media Distribution
- Content Development
The Intern program provides participants with opportunities attending selected training
events, and activities designed to broaden their knowledge of the NBA China business and improve
their exposure to senior executives as well. One of the highlights of the program is the Intern
Think Tank Project, which is an opportunity for Interns to work in groups on an NBA-specific
business issue throughout the course of the program. Interns work on the project under the
of an NBA employee, culminating in a final presentation to NBA China executives.
To qualify for the Intern Program, students must be either (a) registered in a fulltime
undergraduate college or university and at the 3rd year to graduate in 2018 OR (b) graduate
students (typically MBA) between their first and second year. Interns must be able to work full
time hours, Monday through Friday, exactly from July 3 to August 25, 2017. All students must
have a legal right to live and work in China, in good academic standing and have basic computer
skills as well as acceptable written and verbal communication skills in both Chinese and
All interns should strictly abide by the NBA’s Code of Conduct, Legal Compliance Policy, as well
as the policy of Intellectual Property & Confidentiality. Interns must be punctual for work and
observe normal working hours.
The supervisor/manager may be required to provide comments / evaluation on the interns’ work
performance and future potential at the end of the internship. Human Resource department will
issue an Internship Certificate to interns according to the feedback from their supervisors.
The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Click here for additional information and to apply
for this position.
The NBAC Associate Program is an immersion-based development experience that focuses
on the culture, structure and operations of the NBA, and is designed to produce outstanding NBA
professionals. The program rotates exceptional, recent college graduates through work
assignments in departments across the NBA China. Associates learn the business of sports through
direct exposure, launching their careers in an organization that strives to be the world’s most
successful and respected sports league.
Associates rotate through areas of the business, typically in six month work assignments,
assisting with high priority projects and global initiatives aligned with the company’s
strategic priorities. Assignment areas may include:
At the conclusion of the rotational program, each Associate joins a department as a full
time employee. Placements are based on the NBAC’s business needs, with consideration of the
graduating Associates’ accumulated experience, career goals and performance during the
Required Experience & Knowledge: Candidates must be in excellent academic standing and have
strong written and verbal communication skills in both English and Chinese. Additionally,
candidates should possess demonstrable leadership skills through relevant extracurricular
activities, along with meaningful, business-related internship or other experience.
Educational Background Required: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate
program, anticipate graduation in the spring of 2017(or early December 2016 graduates will also
For 2017-2019 Program, the application deadline is March 31, 2017. Click here for additional
information and to apply for this position.
The Associate program includes a robust curriculum of professional development activities. The
program tips off with an in-depth orientation that builds the foundational skills required for
success in the workplace. Throughout the year, Associates receive additional training to grow
high-value professional skills such as relationship building, business writing and presentation
skills. Associates complete several self-assessments (DiSC, Emotional Intelligence) and receive
strategic coaching that identifies strengths and areas for development.
Associates’ exposure to the business of basketball includes attendance at a variety of NBA
events, participation in our business review process, global experiences, and participation in
discussion forums with executives from a variety of departments.