The Lions, much like the city and community they represent, are built on a blue-collar work ethic that values hustle and conviction.

Ford Field, the home of the Lions since 2002 in the heart of Detroit, is part of a vibrant sports and entertainment district featuring all four major professional sports franchises. Ford Field is also home to a dedicated and passionate multi-generational fan base reflective of the innovation, creativity and drive synonymous with Detroit.

Under the leadership of Sheila Hamp, the great granddaughter of Henry Ford, the Lions have ushered in an era of rebirth focused on creating an inclusive and equitable experience for employees, partners and fans. Building off the rich and diverse history of the city, the Lions embrace transparency and value contribution from all areas of the organization. We believe in the power of a pride, and acknowledge winning together takes understanding, acceptance, and teamwork. We believe in our “we” culture and are committed to building a new tradition that Detroit and Michigan can be proud of.

One Pride. For All.


Utilize data analysis, data visualization, statistical modeling, and other techniques to assist the club’s Football Operations department in identifying key insights for decision makers.

This internship is temporary and would begin approximately June 1st, 2023 and end approximately May 15th, 2024. This is a paid position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Season Intern position will have daily responsibilities including, without limitation, the following:

  • Work with other members of the Football Information Department to create and maintain tools and resources for coaches, scouts, and other staff members within the front office.

  • Analyze large quantities of football data to develop actionable insights for decision-makers.

  • Utilize statistical programming, machine learning, and data visualization skills to complete various projects to help the club better understand trends in both professional and college football.


  • Will accept other responsibilities and duties required by the supervisor consistent with the objectives and essential functions of this position.

  • Such responsibilities shall be incorporated into the position description if they are ongoing.

  • Must be motivated, reliable, and able to work independently or as part of a team.

  • Maintain professionalism when communicating with internal and external contacts.

  • Must be accurate and efficient with ability to meet deadlines.

  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational skills.

  • Must have the ability to gather and analyze information skillfully and develop solutions quickly and effectively.

  • Will adjust work schedule to meet departmental demands.

  • Will keep appropriate information confidential.


  • Passion for the game of football

  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for answering questions with data

  • Coursework in statistics and/or machine learning or equivalent experience

  • Ability to work with data programmatically using R and/or Python

  • Proficiency in statistical modeling preferred


If you have a deliverable associated with a prior data analytics project that you are able to share, please include this document or a link with your application. For instance, if you have participated in an analytics competition such as the NFL Big Data Bowl, please attach your submission. This could also be a thesis or class paper, a well-documented GitHub repository, a blog post, slides from a presentation, or even a detailed Twitter thread.

If you do not have any relevant projects, we do not expect you to complete one for the purpose of this application.


To apply, please submit a copy of your resume along with a cover letter detailing your interest and related experience to the position.

Due to the high volume or resumes received, we regret that we are unable to update candidates on the status of their application. Those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Please no phone calls or emails.