SOKY Internship Program

“Special Olympics is a sports organization, but it’s also much more. We are a global movement helping to transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and build communities of unity and inclusion all over the world.”

Become an Intern

As an intern at Special Olympics Kentucky, you will become a part of the movement where we strive to transform lives through the joy of sport across the state. We offer various internships across many departments out of our state and regional offices. For any questions in regard to the SOKY Internship Program please contact SOKY Team Sports and Coach Education Program Director, Hunter Brislin at or 502-695-8222. Check out all our current internship opportunities below!

General Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky. We have a very wide and varied scope so good experiences are available many areas. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Unified Champions Ambassador Internship

Unified Champion Schools (UCS) is a school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, disability awareness and advocacy. Unified Champion Schools is an exciting program that is impacting the lives of thousands of athletes and partners of all ability and grade levels.

As youth leadership is a central component to the program, Special Olympics Kentucky is looking for emerging student leaders to become Unified Champion Schools Ambassadors. These students will work with UCS staff to support efforts to grow awareness and participation in the UCS Program. This includes working directly with high school and middle school personnel to mentor students and increase participation in the areas of: Whole School Engagement, Unified Sports, and Youth Leadership.


  • Currently enrolled in college.
  • Experience as a Special Olympics Volunteer, Unified Partner or Youth Activation Committee Member.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to attend Special Olympics Kentucky events.
  • Willingness to represent Special Olympics Kentucky in a professional manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must obtain Class A volunteer status and pass required Special Olympics on-line courses.

If you meet the above qualifications and would like to learn more, please email resume and cover letter to Justin Harville at


Bri Emerson Brijan Emerson, University of Kentucky – Videography

“Working with Special Olympics was definitely the highlight of my college career. The staff is amazing and the athletes are such a joy watch compete.”

Nick McKenzie Nick McKenzie, Morehead State – Programs Intern

“Working at SOKY has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. The staff and entire organization exemplify what a championship team should consist of. I was treated like family from day one and I will be forever grateful. Special thanks to Hunter Brislin for going above and beyond to make my experience as enjoyable and gratifying as possible!”

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