What is a MAP Player?
At Make A Play, there is no singular way to become a MAP Player since it looks different for every student that visits our site. Although we value the unique perspective and strengths of our diverse student community, we also expect our MAP Players to share a passion for learning and commit to building their professional profiles and becoming future leaders in their respective industries.
What kind of commitment does being a MAP Player require?
MAP Players recognize that success in competitive industries means preparing equally on and off the field. Our Playbook includes over 20 hours of live instruction, video instruction, one-on-one mentorship, and personally designed modules.
What type of development is offered?
We concentrate on off the field development, academic resourcefuless, networking, personal and professional branding, student-leadership, and personal growth.
How is MAP different from other college access programs?
As young indsutry professionals ourselves, we have designed our playbook to reflect the expectations of competitive industries. This includes support with off the field adjustment, career training, internship exposure, and student-leadership experience. We also provide career readiness workshops at multiple schools throughout the country.
What does it mean to be 'Pro'?
All of our students will begin the course as 'Pro' players. Once they access our dashboard, they will be able to identify, create, and improve their professional skills and abilities, and unlock new skill levels in the process (i.e., All-Pro, Superstar, MVP and Hall of Fame).
What is the role of a MAP Coach?
Consistent with 11.01.2 Coach, Head or Assistant., MAP Coaches aren’t designated by any athletic department to perform coaching duties on a volunteer or paid basis. MAP Coaches are professionals from our network that are used for the sole purpose of mentoring students in our Development League and Internship Program.
How do you make Coaching Assignments?
We assign students based on background, industry track, general interests, and other relevant factors.
Are there specific rules that apply to MAP Coaches under NCAA Rules?
Yes. MAP Coaches cannot represent student athletes with remaining eligibility if they are 'representatives of athletic interests.' Under NCAA rules a "representative of the institution's athletics interests” (athletics representative/booster) is any individual who:
Once an individual is identified as a "Representative of the Institution's Athletics Interest," the person
retains that identity forever. NCAA rules hold the institution responsible for all actions of its athletics
representatives. Boosters involved in NCAA violations may lose benefits and privileges associated with
the athletic program (e.g., ticket privileges or priority seating).
Can student-athletes accept MAP's stipend award if they are selected for an internship?
Yes. According to 184.108.40.206.4.5 Internship or Cooperative Educational Work Experience Program Exception., all countable financial aid of a student-athlete who is participating in a full-time internship or cooperative educational work experience program pursuant to Bylaw 220.127.116.11 is exempt from an institution’s equivalency computation.
How do I know if I'm eligible to apply to the Front Office Internship Program?
You are eligible to apply to MAP's internship program if you meet all of the following requirements:
Why is it called the 'Front Office Internship Program?
We believe that students have to envision themselves in certain spaces long before they find themselves occupying them. Our hope through this program is that MAP Players will begin to see their potential to seize front-office positions in competitive industries, including sports and entertainment. By incorporating 'Front Office' into our internship program, we aim to remove the mystery and intimidation that surround these career paths for so many underrepresented students, and empower them in the process.
What If I don't have a 2.75 GPA? Can I still apply?
Yes. However, we require that students with below a 2.75 GPA attach an addendum to their application describing any academic obstacles they have faced, and how they plan on overcoming them.
Is there an interview process?
Yes. Qualifying interns will be interviewed by Make A Play's Screening Committee.
Do I choose which employer I work for?
No. While students will be able to rank their preferred track(s) and location, MAP will match its candidates with employers that they believe represent the best fit.
How do I 'rank' as a student?
Students rank our six industry tracks and desired location from most desirable to least desitable based on honest preferences, not how they think they will match.
Do I automatically qualify for a stipend if selected for an internship?
Yes, provided you meet all of the requirements.
Do I have to be interested in sports and entertainment to apply?
No. We encourage all students and student-athletes interested in competitive industries and executive careers to apply.
If I am a graduate school student, may I apply?
No. Our internship program is reserved for college students only. However, we encourage all students to create accounts and access our playbook.
Can I consult a representative for help with my application?
Yes. While we provide certain automated services, we recognize that students may need help navigating other parts of the application process and respond to specific questions at email@example.com.
If I do not match to an internship, may I reapply?
Yes. Provided you are still a college student, we encourage you to re-apply! It's not about how many times you get knocked down, it's about how many times you get up!
Do I have to be a student-athlete to apply to an internship?
No. We encourage all underrepresented students to apply to our internship program.
Do I have to be from an underrepresented community to apply?
Yes. While our internships are designed to increase underrepresented participation in competitive industries, we offer our other programs and services to all students.
How does MAP define 'underrepresented?'
MAP defines 'underrepresented' as any student who identifies as Asian, African American/Black, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latin X, Multi-Racial, or a woman.
How will Iknow if I've been selected for an internship?
MAP will notify qualifying students if they've been selected for an internship as soon as the selection process ends. Due to the high volume of applications, those who apply but are not selected for interviews will not be notified.
When will I be paired with my coach(es)?
Students that are selected for an internship will receive their coaching assignments on the day of our Draft Day Banquet.
What are Campus Ambassadors responsible for?
Campus Ambassadors voluntarily assist Make A Play Foundation in a variety of administrative functions, including, but not limited to, assisting staff with special projects and planning events at universities in your region. Our ambassadors generally serve as student panelists and help with our Community Relations efforts.
What is the purpose of Campus Ambassadors?
As a Campus Ambassador, you are exposed to many different opportunities to grow as a student-leader and develop your technical skills off the field. Our Ambassadors are typically confident, dynamic and strong communicators. Such skills may include; public speaking, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills; teamwork; administrative experience, and cross-divisional networking.
What is the expected time commitment for Campus Ambassadors?
We want you to be our ambassador for a minimum of one academic school year (we hope you’ll want to come back!). The average ambassador will work a minimum of 5- 10 hours a semester.
Does participation count toward my school’s community service hours?
Make A Play Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the answer is a resounding yes! Our Ambassadors can use the program to complete their community service requirements and give back to younger students in a meaningful way.
Will I be able to work with the Make A Play team?
Yes! Campus Ambassadors work closely with their Regional Coordinators—who are a part of the MAP team—to plan programs, support MAP events, and meet and greet prospective ambassadors.
How will I learn what to do and what is expected of me?
Once accepted, you will go through an informal orientation with your Regional
Coordinator(s). Each Regional Coordinator has experience as a former student-athlete
and will assist with ongoing training and support throughout your tenure as an
If I enjoy my experience, can I come back next year?
Yes! Students can return provided they are enrolled in an accredited college or university.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is no fee to participate in Make A Play’s Campus Ambassador Program. It is
entirely free and NCAA compliant! The Foundation covers the costs for all of our
activities and programs.
What events do Campus Ambassadors assist with?
Campus Ambassadors voluntarily assist Make A Play Foundation with a variety of recruitment events, both in-person and digital, and help develop and execute our in-person workshops and programs. They help with the Power Play, Stress Fracture, and Tale Gate.
Is this an internship program?
The Campus Ambassador Program is not an internship. However, Campus Ambassadors receive a streamline application to our prestigious Front Office Internship Program. We also teach Ambassadors how to leverage their experience as an ambassador on their resume and LinkedIn.
Is there compensation?
Though this isn’t a paid job, Campus Ambassadors receive complimentary access to all of our programs and events. This includes on and off campus.
Where are meetings held and how do I get to them?
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place via conference call.
What types of students typically join Campus Ambassadors?
Campus Ambassadors should be positive and committed to building their professional profiles. They should also be excited about sharing their experience as Make A Play Ambassadors.
If I am a freshman, can I become a Campus Ambassadors?
It is possible to join Campus Ambassadors as a Freshman. However, because the role integrates personal experience with Make A Play’s team, freshmen are asked to join after they complete their first semester.
If I am not a student-athlete, can I become a Campus Ambassador?
If I don’t identify as ‘underrepresented,’ can I become a Campus Ambassadors?
How do I become a Campus Ambassador?
All you have to do is input your information here, and you can become a Make A Play Ambassador today!
Is MAP a charitable, education or nonprofit organization under 18.104.22.168 of the NCAA's Compliance Manual?
Yes. MAP has been registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS. MAP does not act as an agent, manager or recruiter in any way.
Are MAP's services considered an "extra benefit" under NCAA Rules?
No. An extra benefit is "any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete or a
student athlete's relative or friend which is not available to the general student body of that institution." MAP makes all of its services available to student-athletes and non-student-athletes.
Does participating in one of MAP’s programs constitute a “co-sponsorship, advertisement or promotion?”
No. Student-athletes’ participation in MAP does not involve co-sponsorship, advertisement or promotion in any way, including via print or the web. In compliance with 22.214.171.124. students’ participation is wholly independent of their athletic ability, and their appearance on the website is used for informational purposes only.
Does MAP pay any of its student-athletes?
No. In compliance with 126.96.36.199.(e), all moneys derived from the fundraising for MAP go directly to our organization to help further our charitable and educational goals.
Does MAP pay for any of its students’ expenses?
No. Our program is completely free for students.
Do you make reference to students’ with remaining eligibility’s name or photograph?
No. All images of students-athletes on the site are of those with no remaining eligibility and with express written permission.
Will student-athletes retain eligibility if their names, likenesses, or images are used in conjunction with the Make A Play Foundation’s logo or promotional items?
Yes, for the following reasons:
Will student-athletes retain eligibility if they receive financial compensation from Make A Play in the form of ‘Player of the Month’ awards or reimbursement for participation related expenses?
Yes. According to Bylaw 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206, student athletes may only be compensated for excessive expenses incurred through participation of a nonprofit promotional activity or while competing either individually or as a representative of their institution. Our logos are not athletic awards nor are they given for “participation in competition” of any kind.
*The relevant article concerning student-athlete eligibility can be found in 'Article 12. Amateurism and Athletics Eligibility' of the NCAA Compliance Manual. Make A Play Foundation, since its beginning, has been committed to high standards of NCAA Compliance and ensuring that we comply with all applicable rules and regulations. As such, we place a high priority on protecting and maintaining the eligibility of our student-athletes, and make ourselves available to answer any potential questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have to pay for MAP's Annual Draft Day Banquet?
Yes. Students that receive internships through MAP also receive free admission to special events throughout the year, including the Draft Day Banquet. However, we encourage all students to attend by reaching out to their respective universities to coordinate travel and lodging expenses.
Do I have to be invited to attend MAP's Draft Day Weekend?
Yes. Since the event will be MAP's first opportunity to formally thank its donors—and our scholars will also learn where they matched for the first time—it will be an invite-only affair.
All college athletes—regardless of their interest in professional careers in sports and entertainment—receive year-round professional development and career training.
MAP prepares all college athletes for non-playing careers in competitive industries, leverages their strengths on and off the field, and exposes them to different career options.
MAP connects all college athletes to an online curriculum that has been designed to reflect the expecetations of the sports and entertainment industry, and beyond.
All college athletes can access our application review software to build their professional profiles and improve their resumes, cover letters and presentation materials.
MAP connects student-athletes to student-athletes from different schools to promote collaboration and teamwork on and off the field.
All students can apply to MAP's internship program and receive tangible work experience in multiple disciplines in sports, entertainment, and beyond.