Gopher Athletics Internship Program

University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics - Internship Development Program

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, has a year-long internship program for 2013-14 in the areas of Administration, Athletic Communications, Creative Services, Event Management, Facilities, Finance & Human Resources, Golden Gopher Fund, M Club, Marketing, New Media, Student-Athlete Affairs, Ticket Office, Video Production/Scoreboard and Women's Basketball Administration.

Gopher Athletics offers 25 NCAA sponsored Division I sports and participates in the Big Ten and WCHA conferences.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Department is committed to hiring a diverse staff and actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

All interns will be invited to participate in an on-going ICA intern development program.

For more information, please contact the 2014-2015 Internship Coordinator, Maddie Greene at gree0961@umn.edu.

**Applications now being taken for 2014-15 Internship Positions with Golden Gopher Athletics.

Interns


2013-14 Golden Gopher Athletics Interns

Abrahamson

Ryan Abrahamson
Position: M Club and Human Resources/Finance Intern 
Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sport Management (2013)

Ryan is entering his first year as an intern with the “M” Club and Human Resources/Finance. He stays at the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. in Sport Management while also competing in baseball. Previously, he worked as an intern with his high school’s athletic director where he helped organize, plan and supervise events. After completion of his internship, Ryan plans on staying in athletics with hopes of becoming an athletic director.


Niko Alexander
Position: Creative Services Assistant 
Hometown: Winsted, Minn.
College Education / Major: St. Cloud State University - B.F.A. Graphic Design (2013)

Niko is entering his first year as an intern with the Creative Services department where he assists in designing all print and additional collateral for Gopher Athletics. He joins the University of Minnesota from St. Cloud State University where he received his B.F.A in Graphic Design. While at SCSU, he worked as the graphic designer for SCSU Campus Rec and for the Earth Day Half Marathon Run. After completion of his internship, Niko plans to pursue a career in the advertising/design field.


Anderson

Courtney Anderson
Position: Assistant Creative Director & Intern Coordinator  
Hometown: Virginia, Minnesota
College Education / Major: Bemidji State University - B.S. Design Technology (2012)

Courtney returns for a second year in the Creative Services department where she assists in designing all print and additional collateral for Gopher Athletics. She joined the University of Minnesota from Bemidji State University where she received her B.S. in Design Technology. While at BSU, Courtney played softball for four years and worked in their Athletic Media Relations department for three years as a graphic designer and member of their stat crew. After completion of her internship, Courtney plans to pursue a professional career in the field of graphic design in intercollegiate athletics or marketing and advertising.


Josh Blessing
Position: New Media
Hometown: Wakarusa, Indiana
College Education / Major: Ball State University – Telecommunications/Journalism (2013)

Josh Blessing serves as the New Media Intern for Gopher Athletics. He assists in the day-to-day digital media production of all Golden Gopher varsity sports, as well as working directly with the production team during live big screen events. A native of Wakarusa, Ind., Blessing earned a Telecommunications/Journalism degree from Ball State University in 2013.  While at BSU he spent three years with Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first fully-immersive digital sports production program. His work experience spans from the NFL, NBA, MLB, IndyCar, the Men’s NCAA Tournament and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minn.


Justine Buerkle
Position: Athletic Communications Assistant
Hometown: Roseville, Minn.
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sport Management (2013)

Justine Buerkle stayed at the University of Minnesota as an athletic communications intern after graduating in May 2013 with a B.S. in Sport Management. She was a student assistant in the athletic communications department for four years as an undergraduate. Justine currently serves as the secondary contact for football and primary contact for baseball and men's golf. She also assists with communications for basketball and other sports. After her internship, she plans to find a full-time communications role in college athletics.


Steve Collins
Position: Facility Operations – TCF Bank Stadium
Hometown: Harrisonville, Mo.
College Education / Major: Missouri State University – B.S. Recreation & Sport Administration (2011)

Steve currently serves as a facility operation coordinator for Gopher Athletics at TCF Bank Stadium. In this role he will be in charge of premium spaces and events, game day operations, stadium operations and leadership training within the workplace. Originally from Missouri, he joins the University of Minnesota from Missouri State University where he earned his degree in Recreation and Sport Administration in 2011. During Steve’s undergraduate studies he worked as an intern in athletic facilities where he set up for football and soccer games and was the supervisor of their indoor sports complex. Steve plans to pursue an event/facility operations role in intercollegiate athletics after the completion of his internship.


Keanon Cooper
Position: M Club and Human Resources/Finance Intern
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sport Management (2011)

Keanon enters his first year as an M Club Project Manager/HR, Finance Intern. His M Club duties include managing and helping coordinate events for the athletic programs. He also assists in completing projects for the human resources, human resource department. He was a football student-athlete for the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2012, where he served as a captain his senior year. After receiving his B.S. in Sport Management, he went on to enter the Applied Kinesiology graduate program. After he completes his internship, Keanon plans to become a football coaching graduate assistant and complete his graduate degree.


Doughty

Andrew Doughty
Position: Student-Athlete Affairs Intern  
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
College Education / Major: University of Kansas - B.S. Sport Management (2011)

Andrew joins Student-Athlete Affairs where he assists with the personal and professional development of University of Minnesota student-athletes. He comes from the University of Colorado where he worked as a Development Assistant in the Planned Giving office at the University of Colorado. Andrew graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a B.S in Sport Management and plans pursue a Master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota before seeking a career in intercollegiate athletics.


Dwyer

Erik Dwyer
Position: Facility & Event Tech Operations   
Hometown: St. Cloud, Minn.
College Education / Major:
Institute of Production & Recording – A.A.S. Audio Production & Engineering,
A.A.S. Sound Design for Visual Media, A.A.S. Entertainment Business (2013)

Erik joins the University of Minnesota staff where he assists with facility and event technical operations in TCF Bank Stadium. Previously, he worked for AVEX as a sub-contractor where he helped set-up, maintain and oversaw the teardown of audio-visual equipment for corporate events. He attended the Institute of Production and Recording and upon graduating, was awarded the school’s ICON Award, which is given to one student per graduation class. Erik plans to pursue a career within television/film production once his internship is completed.


Jake Ford
Position: Athletic Communications Assistant
Hometown: East Longmeadow, Mass.
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sports Management (2012)

Jake Ford rejoins the University of Minnesota Athletic Communications department after spending a year as a graduate assistant in the Bemidji State University Office of Athletic Media Relations, where he worked closely with the school’s Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams and Division II women’s volleyball and softball programs. Jake will work primarily with the Gopher softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s gymnastics, and men’s hockey programs in 2013-14. He earned his B.S. in sport management with a minor in mass communications at Minnesota in 2012 while serving as a student sport contact in his final three years of study. Jake also gained experience writing part-time for The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Mass.


Anderson

Madeline Greene
Position: Athletic Communications Assistant
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
College Education / Major: Minnesota State University – B.S. Mass Media (2012)

Madeline Greene is a sports enthusiast joining the University of Minnesota after spending a year in the athletic department at Macalester College as the Director of Digital Media/Communication and Special Events Coordinator. Her transition to Athletic Communications comes after her second summer as an intern at the National Sports Center where she focused on media relations and sports administration. Madeline graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2012 where she received her B.S. in Mass Media. Madeline is completing her graduate work in athletic administration from Western Kentucky University and hopes to continue her career in athletic communications.


Brittany Henry
Position: Women’s Basketball Administration
Hometown: Mahtomedi, Minn.
College Education / Major: Minnesota State University, Mankato – B.S. Sport Management (2013)

Brittany joins the Women’s Basketball staff where she assists with marketing for the program. Last spring she interned with the Student-Athlete Affairs department where she assisted with the personal and professional development of University of Minnesota student-athletes. She graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with a B.S. in Sport Management. She will begin her first year of graduate school this fall at the University of Minnesota, focusing on Sport Management.


Lance Johnson
Position: Major Gifts Assistant – Golden Gopher Fund
Hometown: Elk River, Minn.
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sport Management (2013)

Lance Johnson stayed at the University of Minnesota as the major gifts assistant in the Golden Gopher Fund after graduating in May 2013 with a B.S. in Sport Management. He was a student assistant in the athletic ticketing office for over two years as an undergraduate. In that role he managed student workers, and was the group ticket manager for women’s gymnastics. In his current position, he focuses on strategic development of the major gift program, including capital campaigns and endowments. After his internship, he plans to pursue a career in development in intercollegiate athletics with the hopes of becoming an administrator.


Anderson

Jake Kershaw
Position: Ticket Office
Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota – B.S. Sports Management (2013)

Jake Kershaw is entering his fourth with Gopher Athletics in the Ticket Office. He is currently the Ticket Manager for Gopher Women’s Hockey and Women’s Soccer and Assistant Ticket Manager for Football and Men’s Basketball. In addition to that, he is in charge of parking and the printing and mailing of all tickets. Previous to starting his internship, he worked in the Ticket Office for three years as a student worker where he was the Associate Fan Relations Manager. A Minnesota native, Jake attended the University of Minnesota for three years where he majored in Sports Management. After he completes his internship, he plans to pursue a professional career in a collegiate ticket office.


Marisa Leconte
Position: Athletic Administration
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
College Education / Major: Marshall University – B.A. Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

Marisa joins the University of Minnesota from Kansas City, MO, where she previously worked for a year and a half at the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) first as an intern, then as the Education Program Coordinator. While at the NSCAA, Marisa coordinated soccer-coaching courses nationwide, worked the annual convention (Kansas City 2012, Indianapolis 2013), and gained valuable experience in customer service. The NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches’ membership organization in the world. Before heading to Kansas City, Marisa attended Marshall University. While at Marshall, Marisa played soccer and earned her B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing. After the completion of her internship, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Sports Administration.


Zacharia Litzelswope
Position: Event Management Assistant
Hometown: New Albany, Indiana
College Education / Major: Indiana University – B.S. Sports Communication (2013)

Zacharia is starting his first year as the Event Management Assistant with Gopher Athletics. In his new role, he manages the events of five sport programs and assists with Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Originally from New Albany, Indiana, Zacharia decided to remain true to his home state and pursued his undergraduate degree at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he served as an event management intern and Game Manager for two years and worked in tournament personnel for NCAA Soccer and Baseball and Big Ten Soccer, Swimming, and Tennis. Upon completion of his internship, Zacharia plans to continue his career in event management and aspires to become a Director of Championships in a major intercollegiate conference.


Alex McCarty
Position: Facilities – Williams Arena/Sports Pavilion
Hometown: Prescott, Iowa
College Education / Major:Simpson College – B.S. Sports Administration & Integrated Marketing Communications (2012))

Alex is joining the University of Minnesota after spending two years as the Operations Intern for the Principal Charity Classic, a PGA Champions Tour event in Des Moines, Iowa. In that position he coordinated many different aspects the event including negotiating local trades and contracts for the tournament, managing the tournaments inventory before and after the event and further developing and managing the Birdies for Charity. He also worked for the Iowa Cubs, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, where he served as a Stadium Operations Intern. Alex graduated from Simpson College in 2012 where he received his B.S. in Sports Administration & Integrated Marketing Communications. After he completes his internship, he plans to obtain a Master’s degree in Sports Management and pursue a career in stadium/arena management.


Sarah Melhorn
Position: Event Management Assistant
Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minn.
College Education / Major: Valparaiso University – M.S.A. Sports Administration (2013), B.S. Sports Management (2011), B.S. Marketing (2011)

Sarah currently serves as an Event Management Assistant for Gopher Athletics. In this role she will be the primary event manager for women’s hockey and women’s gymnastics, as well as assisting in football and men’s basketball. As a Minnesota native, she joins the University of Minnesota from Valparaiso University where she earned her Master’s in Sports Administration in 2013. During Sarah’s undergraduate studies, she played soccer for four years and worked as an Assistant Event Manager in the Athletic Department. After graduating she began working as the Director of Soccer Operations for the Women’s Soccer team. Sarah plans to pursue a career in athletics upon completion of her internship.


Jill Muehl
Position: Facility Operations – TCF Bank Stadium
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
College Education / Major: St. Cloud State University – B.S. Recreation & Sports Management (2013)

Jill currently serves as a facility operations coordinator for Gopher Athletics at TCF Bank Stadium. In this role she will be in charge of premium spaces and events, game day operations, stadium operations and leadership training within the workplace. Originally a Wisconsin native, she joins the University of Minnesota from St. Cloud State University where she earned her degree in Recreation and Sports Management in 2013. During Jill’s undergraduate studies she worked as an event and office supervisor at the National Hockey Center at SCSU. Jill plans to move to Colorado and eventually work in New York City at a sports facility or ESPN.


Thiry

Scott Thiry
Position: Video Production/Scoreboard
Hometown: Elk River, Minn.
College Education / Major: St. Cloud State University – B.S. Mass Communications (2012)

Scott Thiry joins the University of Minnesota Athletic Marketing department as the video production and scoreboard intern after spending a two seasons working with St. Cloud State Athletics as a live event director, where he assisted with the in-game video production for the 2012-13 men and women’s hockey teams. He earned his B.S. in mass communications at St. Cloud State University in 2012. Scott plans to start a career working in video production in sports or advertising once his internship is completed.


Torgerson

Amy Torgerson
Position: Golden Gopher Fund – Branding and Communications
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
College Education / Major: University of Wisconsin-Superior – B.S. Communications (2012)

Amy Torgerson is entering her first year as a member of the Golden Gopher Fund staff. She is responsible for assisting with the oversight of the Annual Fund program, including seat related giving, donor benefits, donor parking, stewardship and events. She also helps coordinate the internal processes of the Golden Gopher Fund, including data management, billing, invoicing, processing, donation collection and contract processes as it relates to Preferred and Premium Seating. Coming from St. Louis, Missouri, she earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in December 2012, where she was a member of the Women’s Hockey program for 4 years. After graduating from UW-Superior, she began working at the Golden Gopher Fund in February. She expects to attend Graduate school to receive her Master’s Degree in the Fall of 2014. Email Amelia at abtorger@umn.edu. Call her at 612-626-1715.


Ryan VanderKlok
Position: Facilities – Mariucci/Ridder Arena
Hometown: Mattawan, Mich.
College Education / Major: Bowling Green State University – B.S. Sport Management (2009)

Ryan VanderKlok serves as the Mariucci and Ridder Arena Facility Intern position for Gopher Athletics after spending a year assisting with daily ticket operations and marketing the Minnesota Swarm. He will work with all aspects of event management and facility preparation for the two facilities along with other duties such as maintenance, working with vendors and game-day customer service. He earned his B.S. in sport management at Bowling Green State University in 2009 while serving as the men’s basketball team manager in his final two years of study. Ryan is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sport management and would like to work in facility operations, event management or ticket operations in intercollegiate athletics after the completion of his internship.


Stephanie Woelfel
Position: Marketing Coordinator
Hometown: Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
College Education / Major: University of Iowa - B.S. English and Sociology (2012)

Stephanie Woelfel currently serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Gopher Athletics. She oversees the marketing and in-event presentation for Women’s Soccer and Women’s Basketball.  She assists with Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, University of Minnesota Girls & Women in Sports Day, Goldy’s Run, Football Program Sales, and the Girl Scouts initiative. Stephanie spent the last year as a part-time intern with the Gopher Sports Marketing internship program gaining experience and getting acquainted with the University of Minnesota. Prior to her time with the Gophers she attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.  In May of 2012 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology. She held a position on the Executive Board of Hawks Nest, the Official Student Section of Hawkeye Athletics, and was very involved with athletics at the University of Iowa. A native of Minnesota, originally from Pequot Lakes, MN; she now resides in Minnetonka, Minn.


Kaitlin Zarecki
Position: Premium Seating & Special Events Assistant
Hometown: Junction City, Wisconsin
College Education / Major: University of Minnesota - B.S. Sport Management (2013)

Kaitlin is starting her first year as the Premium Seating and Special Events Assistant with the Golden Gopher Fund. In Kaitlin’s new role, she assists with premium seating facilitation and coordinating special events for professional clients as well as University organizations. Originally from Junction City, Wisconsin, Kaitlin decided to make the journey across the border to Minnesota to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. In 2010 Kaitlin began working in TCF Bank Stadium’s Operations department, where she later got involved with the Golden Gopher Fund in 2011 as a part time Event Supervisor. Kaitlin successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Sport Management in May 2013.

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