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 in the areas of Administration, Athletic Communications, Creative Services, Event Management, Facilities, Fan Development, Finance & Human Resources, Golden Gopher Fund, M Club, New Media, Student-Athlete Affairs, Ticket Office, Video Production/Scoreboard and Women's Basketball Administration.

The internship positions for the 2017-2018 year will be posted in late February 2017. The internship term is June 2017 to June 2018.

All applicants must have or complete their bachelor's degree by the first day of their internship.

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 2016-2017 Internship Coordinator, Jake Hoepfner at hoepf004@umn.edu.


2016-17 Golden Gopher Athletics Interns

Megan Gill, a native of Appleton, Wisc., is a strength and conditioning intern. Gill earned her bachelor's degree in exercise sport science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Prior to coming to Minnesota, Gill was an intern for the strength and conditioning department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, working with all varsity teams.

Following her internship with the Gophers, Gill would like to pursue a career as a collegiate sports performance coach.

Her favorite sports memory is from her senior cross country conference meet when she beat her best time, and was able to have all of her best friends with her.


Haley Helverson, native of West Des Moines, Iowa, is a student-athlete development intern. She earned her bachelor’s degree in youth studies-social work from the University of Minnesota.

Helverson was a standout soccer player at Minnesota and interned with student-athlete development during her senior year.

Following her internship with the Gophers, Helverson plans to go to graduate school to pursue a career in academic advising.

Her favorite sports memory was having the opportunity to compete in one of the best conferences and beating some of the top teams in the nation while at Minnesota. She will also never forget winning state in high school.

Jake Hoepfner, a native of North Fond du Lac, Wisc., is an event management intern and the intern coordinator. He earned his graduate from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, both in sport management.

Hoepfner is in his second year at Minnesota. He also has experience working in the athletic department at UW-La Crosse, assisting with game days, multiple WIAC Conference Championships, and a NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship. Hoepfner also worked as an administrative intern for the WIAC.

Following his internship with the Gophers, he hopes to continue working in event management at a Power Five institution, preferably in the Big Ten.

His favorite sports memory is when the Green Bay Packers won the 2010 Super Bowl and the entire student population at UW-La Crosse celebrated in the streets, as well as when the Badgers made the Final Four when he was in Madison.

Robby Jeffries, a native of Fort Pierre, South Dakota, is a facility intern at TCF Bank Stadium. He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from the University of South Dakota.

Jeffries was a member of the marketing and promotions staff during his time at the University of South Dakota. He also was a game and event operations intern with Sporting Kansas City.

Following his internship with the Gophers, Jeffries hopes to remain working in collegiate or professional sports.

His favorite sports memory was in 2010 when the University of South Dakota pulled off one of their biggest upsets against the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Sarah Lahtinen, a native of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is an event management intern. She earned her bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management from the University of Iowa.

Lahtinen has held internships with Iowa’s athletic department, and the Joliet Slammers.

Following her internship with the Gophers, Lahtinen would like to continue building her career in event management for collegiate athletics.

Her favorite sports memory was working at the Olympic Trials for wrestling.

Shaina Machado, native of Columbia, S.C., is a marketing intern for the Gophers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Brigham Young University.

Machado interned for BYU’s marketing department during her senior year, where she had the opportunity to work with each program. She also volunteered at the West Coast Conference Championship.

Following her internship with the Gophers, she plans on getting her master’s degree in sport management and work as a graduate assistant. Machado would love to eventually work with the SEC.

Her favorite sports memory was BYU’s comeback against Boise State in 2015.

Emily Mallek, native of Plover, Wis., is a sales and service operations intern. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is currently going for her master's degree in sports management at Minnesota.

Mallek was a student-athlete at UW-Oshkosh playing golf and softball each for four years. On top of that she interned in the athletic department and was an administrative assistant with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAC). She also was an assistant coach for Stevens Point Senior High School for one season where she helped lead the team to a state championship this past spring.

The opportunity to work in a Division I athletic program is what interested Mallek in the internship program and she hopes to find a full-time job in an athletic department after the completion of her internship. Mallek lists her favorite sports memory as winning a state softball championship both as a player and as a coach.

Ben Maxwell, a Virginia, Minn. native, is an A/V coordinator intern. He earned his degree in sound design at Mesabi Community College, Institute of Production and Recording.

At the conclusion of his internship with the Gophers, Maxwell would like to work in freelance and be able to travel and spend time with his family.

His favorite sports memory is watching Kobe Bryant.

Jessika Mozia, native of Littleton, Colo., is a development assistant intern with the Golden Gopher Fund. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in pyschology.

Mozia played tennis for the Gophers where she had the opportunity to work with different departments throughout the athletics department. With the team also volunteered and set up tennis events for fans.

The opportunity to learn, make connections and to work with athletics on the behind the scenes side of things was what interested Mozia in the internship opportunity. She loves being a part of a team working towards a common goal.

After the completion of her internship she hopes to continue working in an athletic department or with athletes physiologically. Mozia lists her favorite sports memory as topping Wisconsin 7-0 to open Big Ten play.

Elliot Olsen, a native of Woodbury, Minn., is a facilities intern for Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato in sport management.

Olsen previously worked as a marketing and promotions intern at Mankato, and was the volunteers and registration intern for the National Sports Center an Schwann's USA Cup. He helped run the youth basketball program at Countryside Recreation Center in Clearwater, Florida and also has coached youth basketball.

Following his internship with the Gophers, Olsen hopes to either attend grad school or continue working in college athletics.

His favorite sports memory is being able to go to the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Maddy Olson, native of Champlin, Minn., is an athletic communications intern working as the primary contact for Gopher soccer, men’s gymnastics and women’s gymnastics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota in 2016.

Olson started working for the Gophers athletic communications department when she was a freshman. She worked closely with men's and women's swimming and diving for three seasons and assisted with soccer and baseball during her senior year. She also has experience working with Swimming World Magazine, the Big Ten Network and a sports startup.

Following her internship with the Gophers, Olson would like to continue working in communications for a Division I program or with Team USA.

Her favorite sports memory was interviewing Michael Phelps, as well as being a part of Minnesota women's swimming and diving third and fourth straight Big Ten Championship titles.

Corey Petersen, a Stillwater, Minn. native, is a strength and conditioning intern. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Augustana University.

Petersen previously held a fellowship at Stanford University.

Morton David Plummer, a native of Norman, Okla., is an administrative intern for the Gophers. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota.

Plummer is a retired professional swimmer and represented Team USA in Rio, where he won bronze in the 100-meter backstroke and gold in the 4x100 medley relay. During his time as a Gopher, men's swimming and diving won two Big Ten Championship titles.

Following his internship with the Gophers, Plummer hopes to continue working in sports, preferably at the University of Minnesota. He would like to have a voice in the direction our sports run in the future, and bridge the gap between the ideals of sport and the day-to-day experience.

His favorite sports memory was winning a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

At the conclusion of his internship with the Gophers, Petersen hopes to be a strength and conditioning coach at a major university. His favorite sports memory is playing against the University of Sioux Falls for the first time in over 20 years during his sophomore homecoming.

Morton Doug Solem, a Blaine, Minn. native, is a motion graphics intern with Gopher Digital Productions. He earned his degree from St. Cloud State University in graphic design.

At the conclusion of his internship with the Gophers, Solem would love the opportunity to continue working with the Gophers.

His favorite sports memory was when Kevin Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. KG was a big reason why he loved sports as a kid.

Garrett Solis, a Lincoln Park, Michigan native, is an administrative intern for women's basketball. Solis earned his degree from Eastern Michigan University in social studies.

At Eastern Michigan, Solis was the video coordinator for the men’s basketball team. He also completed an internship through Sportstec and has coached high school basketball.

At the conclusion of his internship with the Gophers, Solis hopes to be a video coordinator for a Division I basketball program. He also dreams of being a college basketball coach in the future.

His favorite sports memory is being a part of the 2011-12 Mid-American Conference West Division Championship team at Eastern Michigan, the first in school history.

Zach Thole, native of St. Cloud, Minn., is an athletic communications intern working as the primary contact for Gopher baseball and both tennis teams. He majored in mass communication at Bemidji State University.

Thole worked as a student intern in the sports information department at Bemidji State. He also served as a media relations intern for the St. Cloud Rox and was director of communications for the Bemidji Axemen.

Following his internship with the Gophers, Thole hopes to work in an athletic communications department or media department for a professional team.

His favorite sports memory is playing baseball in the little town of Luxemburg, Minn.

Ryan Tibbitts, a Glidden, Wis., native, is a communications intern working as the secondary contact for football and the primary contact for softball. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Tibbitts is in his second year working for the Gophers. He was the primary contact for both tennis teams as well as the softball team last year. He previously held a variety of roles inside the UW-River Falls athletic department throughout his four years of undergraduate studies. He worked as a student assistant in the sports information department and assisted with all of the Falcons' 16 sponsored sports. Tibbitts also served in roles as a columnist, reporter, sports editor and assistant editor for the school newspaper, while also spending time with the campus radio station as an engineer, broadcaster, reporter, DJ, news anchor, sports director, social media director and student chair.

He was awarded for his sports writing by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Tibbitts also spearheaded the sports broadcast team for the campus radio station that took home the Tom Butler Award, given to the WIAC's best sports coverage team.

At the conclusion of his internship with the Gophers, he plans to continue working in collegiate athletics. Tibbitts' favorite sports memory was last year when the Gopher softball team won the Big Ten Tournament Championship on a walk-off in the 10th inning over No. 2 Michigan.



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