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, 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.
2016-17 Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Internships
For more information, please contact the 2016-2017 Internship Coordinator, Jake Hoepfner at email@example.com.
2015 - 2016 ICA Postgraduate Interns
Front row (L to R): Erin Kunesh, Chelsea Cashman, Chelsea Ochtera, Caitlin Ochtera, Emily Zniewski, Cordell Smith, Bradley Andrews, Emily Skeels, Adam Dawson, Sean Moriarty
Back row (L to R): Ryan Tibbitts, Kaela Anderson, Kathryn Dillin, Nicole Murphey, Cody Voga, Devin Ste. Marie, Madison Forsythe, Tyler Boike, Kara Snell, Emma Crumley
Not Pictured: Ben Dolezal, Jake Hoepfner, Jack Mullaney, Alec Ouradnik
2015-16 Golden Gopher Athletics Interns
Kaela Anderson, a native of Stillwater, MN, works in student-athlete development. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sports management in 2014.
Anderson previously worked with the Minnesota Twins as a ticket sales and services intern working with season ticket holders along with having a big role in the 2014 All-Star game. In her position, she helped enhance season ticket holder benefits by researching other MLB teams and improving upon ideas. During the All-Star Game, she had the opportunity to escort celebrities, athletes and families around the field.
She was a member of the Gophers swimming and diving team and would love to continue working in the University of Minnesota's athletic department after her internship. Anderson said she really enjoys working with current student-athletes by creating both community outreach and professional development events for their benefit. Her favorite sports memory was winning the women's swimming Big 10 Conference title her sophomore year.
Bradley Andrews, a native of Lafayette, IN, is an equipment room intern, as well as the 2015-2016 Intern Coordinator. A graduate of Purdue University, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychological sciences in 2013.
Andrews worked as a student manager with the football equipment staff during his four years at Purdue. After graduation, he joined the Indianapolis Colts' equipment staff as an intern for the 2013 season. He briefly returned to Purdue as part-time help with their equipment staff in the spring of 2014 before beginning his current internship.
As a student manager with Purdue and then intern with the Colts, Andrews' duties included issuing team apparel and maintaining players' equipment. Additionally, he helped with equipment repair, maintained and organized inventory, packed and transported equipment to games and practices, set-up and helped with drills in practice and also served as a ball boy on game days.
After his internship, Andrews plans to pursue a career in athletic equipment management, with the goal of becoming a head equipment manager for either a professional team or collegiate athletic department. His favorite sports memory is the 2014 AFC Wildcard matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. He said it was amazing to work as a ball boy in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL postseason history.
Tyler Boike, a native of Champlin, MN, is a facilities coordinator at TCF Bank Stadium. He earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications from Winona State University and his master's in sports management at Western Illinois University.
Boike was recently a graduate assistant for facilities and game operations at Western Illinois. He was responsible for all athletic facility scheduling, issuing work orders, and director of operations for football, men's/women's soccer, volleyball, men's/women's basketball, baseball and softball. He also worked closely with the marketing/promotions department.
In his time at Western Illinois, Boike helped lead a marketing campaign to help them finish 2nd in the nation in the NCAA's 6th Fan competition in 2014. He was also a lead event manager for the 2013 Summit League Men's Soccer Championships and was chosen to attend the 2014 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar in Indianapolis.
After his internship, Boike would like to get a job at a Power Five school or at an athletic conference's office. He would also be interested in working for a professional football stadium.
His favorite sports memory occurred when he traveled to Nassau to watch the Gopher men's basketball team play in the Battle for Atlantis tournament and saw Andre Hollins score 41 points against Memphis. He said it was an awesome experience to witness one of the best performances in college basketball that he has ever seen firsthand.
Chelsea Cashman, a native of Maple Grove, MN, is a motion graphics intern with Gopher Digital Productions. She majored in art at the University of Minnesota and is currently working towards her Advanced Technical Certificate in Motion Graphics at Hennepin Technical College.
Cashman recently was employed with Target in Maple Grove for four years as an instocks team member. Through research, she helped get various products to Target stores. She was a team trainer who helped her coworkers learn new equipment and applications. She hopes to someday get a full time position in motion graphics, 3D modeling or animation.
Cashman's favorite sports memory occurred when she went to her first Gopher football game as a college freshman on TCF Bank Stadium's opening day. She always enjoys the environment and energy on game days.
Emma Crumley, a native of Plymouth, MN, is a development assistant for the Golden Gopher Fund. She majored in exercise science with a biomedical studies concentration at St. Olaf College.
Crumley recently worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 11 months where she conducted respiratory research in their physiology department. Crumley learned a lot about herself while gaining an appreciation for researchers.
While Crumley enjoyed her time there, she found that she missed working in collegiate athletics. She hopes to stay in athletics with the goal of someday becoming an athletic director. Her favorite sports memory is winning the state championship in soccer her senior year at Wayzata High School.
Adam Dawson, a native of Osseo, MN, works in athletic facilities management for the Bierman and Gibson-Nagurski buildings. He received his bachelor's degree in sports management at the University of Minnesota and his master's from the University of Kansas.
Dawson worked with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Vikings for three years in operations and events. As a graduate student at the University of Kansas, he was an assistant in the facilities and events department.
While at Kansas, Dawson provided customer service to all facility employees and teams regarding day-to-day operations within Rock Chalk Park. He supervised the development of all athletic teams' practice and game facilities, providing a safe environment during major athletic events, including football and men's/women's basketball.
Dawson hopes to land a full-time position in either facilities or operations at the intercollegiate or professional level. His favorite sports memory was when Mario Chalmers hit a game tying three-pointer for Kansas against Memphis to bring the 2008 National Championship game to overtime.
Ben Dolezal, a native of Athens, GA, is the video/administrative intern with women's basketball. He earned his degree in sport management from the University of Georgia.
Dolezal worked with the Georgia women's basketball team for the past two years. There he performed many duties such as cutting and producing film, coordinated preparation for practice and games, communicated with coaches, practiced against the women's team as a scout guy and coordinated direct mail for the recruits.
After his internship, Dolezal said he just wants to continue learning and working with sports. He would like to stay with the University of Minnesota in some capacity. His favorite sports memory came on Nov. 10, 2007 when Georgia football hosted Auburn. It was a "blackout" game with Georgia coming out of the tunnel with black jerseys on. They ended up winning 45-20.
Kathryn Dillin, a native of Hendersonville, NC, is a marketing coordinator. She earned her degree in communications from Wake Forest University.
Dillin worked as an undergraduate intern at Wake Forest, and also interned with ACC Championships. While at Wake Forest, she had leadership roles in the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, and assisted with women's basketball, as well as men's and women's soccer and tennis. She also implemented the first-ever track and field marketing plan for the annual Wake Forest Open. While working in the ACC's marketing department, Dillin's primary role was a mascot handler for championships and tournaments. She also worked with the Wounded Warrior Project and other marketing efforts throughout championship games. In the summer of 2014, Dillin interned for UNC-Asheville, where she assisted the Director of Marketing with developing promotion initiatives and launching social media campaigns.
After her internship, Dillin hopes to enroll in a graduate school program at a Power Five school in the southeast. During her graduate studies, she'd like to work in a marketing department as a graduate assistant.
Her favorite sports memory by far comes from working men's soccer at Wake Forest. In her first year as an undergraduate intern, she took over the role of game day director for men's and women's soccer, which included directing in-game audio. Wake Forest played in-state rival North Carolina in front of a sold-out stadium of over 4,500 people. After being down most of the game, Wake Forest scored with less than a minute left in regulation. She said the entire stadium exploded with energy and that was the closest to a perfect game she would ever direct in terms of audio. She said moments like that are why she loves her job so much.
Madison Forsythe, a native of Becker, MN, is a video production intern with Gopher Digital Productions. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing and minor in mass communications.
Forsythe has been working with the University of Minnesota since the beginning of her college career. She worked with facilities at Williams Arena/Sports Pavilion as a student laborer her freshman year, before switching to a clerical role the following year until she graduated. Forsythe also began working with Gopher Digital Productions as a production assistant her sophomore year. As a production assistant, her duties included working with the Big Ten Network Student U productions, doing in-game replay for in-arena scoreboards, and editing videos with the GDP New Media staff.
Forsythe was a 2015 SVG/NACA College Sports Media Outstanding Program Series Award finalist for Pride on Ice: Gopher Hockey 2014-2015. She plans to get a full-time job shooting and producing video content for a collegiate or professional hockey team after she completes her internship.
Forsythe lists her favorite sports memory as Gopher men's hockey scoring a game winning goal over the University of North Dakota with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. She said watching the team beat North Dakota in dramatic fashion in such an important game was unforgettable.
Jake Hoepfner, a native of North Fond du Lac, WI, is an event management intern. He graduated with a sports management degree from UW-La Crosse in 2014 and is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota going for a master’s degree in sports management.
Hoepfner previously worked as an administrative intern for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). He processed all winter and spring athletes compliance paperwork, prepared awards for conference championships and operated the conference’s twitter feed for conference championships, to name a few of his responsibilities.
Hoepfner also worked with the UW-La Crosse athletic department as an event staff worker and athletics intern. He supervised numerous events, as well as being the meet coordinator for the Div. III NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he oversaw tickets and awards. He hopes to obtain a position in event management with a school in one of the Power Five conferences after his internship.
He lists his favorite sports memory as hitting a two-run home run to clinch a playoff spot for his sixth grade baseball team. He said there was a collision at the plate that knocked him and the catcher out but he still made the play. He also lists watching the Packers win the Super Bowl as another favorite sports memory.
Erin Kunesh, a native of Lakeville, MN, is a communications intern working as the primary contact for soccer, along with both men's and women's gymnastics. She graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and earned her master's from the University of Minnesota in applied kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management.
Kunesh worked a number of positions before starting her internship here. She was an intern with the athletic department at Winona State, along with editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Winonan. Kunesh was a media relations specialist with Escali Corp. in Burnsville, MN, worked with the St. Paul Saints as a communications intern, was a communications assistant with the School of Kinesiology and was a sport contact intern in the U of M communications office.
Some of Kunesh's accomplishments include developing a new line of branded scales, the Rose Scale by Escali. During her time as a media relations specialist with Escali, she aided in the development of the scales in relation to award-winning cookbook author and top baker in the industry, Rose Levy Beranbaum. At Minnesota, Kunesh aided in communication efforts for the men's and women's gymnastics teams, as well as women's soccer, women's golf, men's basketball, men's hockey and baseball.
After her internship, she would love to work as an assistant communications director. Kunesh's dream school would be the University of Colorado-Boulder but she will move to wherever her talents take her next. She listed her favorite sports memory as the University of Minnesota football game versus Iowa in the 2014 season when they won back Floyd of Rosedale in the same year they won the Little Brown Jug. She said she was filled with pride to see the excitement of the crowd.
Sean Moriarty, a native of St. Anthony Village, MN, is a second-year facilities intern working in Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion. In his first year, he worked in Mariucci and Ridder Arenas. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in recreation & sports management in 2013.
Prior to working with the Gophers, Moriarty completed a semester-long internship with the Hamline University athletic department in St. Paul, MN. During his internship, he assisted with the daily operations of the athletic department, monitored athletic compliance, alumni relations, served as the facility manager for home sporting events and assisted with the design and fundraising of a new hockey facility.
After he completes his current internship, Moriarty intends to pursue a master's degree in sports management and would like to work in facility operations, event management or athletic administration at the collegiate level.
Moriarty lists his favorite sports memory is the Minnesota Twins' defeat of the Atlanta Braves in 1991 in the 10th inning of Game 7 to win their second World Series, even if he was just a baby at the time.
Jack Mullaney, a native of Eagan, MN, is a men's and women's cross country and track and field operations intern. He graduated with a finance degree in December 2014 from the University of Minnesota.
Mullaney was a financial analyst for seven months before returning to the University of Minnesota. He worked on his company's external reporting team assisting in the auditing, drafting and presentation of financial data in the form of quarterly and annual reports.
He hopes to work full-time for a collegiate track and field program after completing his internship. His favorite sports memory was watching the live webcast of Meb Keflezighi winning the Boston Marathon in 2014.
Nicole Murphey, a native of Blaine, MN, is an intern in the administrative office. She studied kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.
Before her internship, Murphey was an administrative assistant to the athletic director at East Ridge High School for the 2014-15 school year. She ensured that activities were running smoothly with scheduling, practices, buses and various other tasks. She hopes to find a job within a D-I athletics program after her internship. If that does not work out, she said she will most likely continue turning in applications for the Amazing Race until they realize her star potential.
Murphey's favorite sports memories were all the ones she made in five years of running track for the Gophers. Along with the team's improvement from last place her freshman year to third place her senior season, she made many irreplaceable memories.
Caitlin Ochtera, a native of Eagan, MN, is an events & stewardship assistant in the Golden Gopher Fund. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communications and a history minor in 2014.
As a student, Ochtera worked in the University of Minnesota's Housing & Residential Life Office as an operations assistant, as well as the athletic dpartment's ticket office as a fan relations representative. She also currently works as a public relations assistant for the Timberwolves and Lynx.
While working with housing, Ochtera provided operational support for room re-application, living-learning communities, and IRC (International Reception Center) sign-up processes. She created, developed and maintained tracking mechanisms for a number of phones calls, emails, etc. She represented housing at information fairs around campus and received the Outstanding Student Employee Award during her senior year. In the ticket office, she interacted with guests at Gopher athletic events by selling tickets, supervising player-guest admission and answering questions for fans. For the Lynx/Timberwolves, she provides media members and teams with statistical and press content, participates in Timberwolves' game-day in-arena media setup and takedown, and records and transcribes coach and player postgame press conferences.
After her internship, Ochtera hopes to continue to work in events and stewardship within an athletic space at a university. Ideally, she would love to continue working for the University of MInnesota after growing up in the area, going to school here and starting her career here.
Her favorite sports memory is when the University of Minnesota men's hockey team stunned the University of North Dakota by scoring the game winning goal with less than a second left in the 2014 Frozen Four. She said the excitement around campus was insane and all-around contagious.
Chelsea Ochtera, a native of Eagan, MN, is a sales and services intern. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sports management in 2014.
This is Ochtera's second year interning for the department and she looks forward to seeing what her second year has to offer. Previously, she worked as a fan relations representative with the sales and service department her sophomore through senior year.
Ochtera was in charge of ticketing for the Women's Hockey Frozen Four, which was hosted at Ridder Arena in 2015. Ochtera took over as ticket manager for a Gopher Women's Basketball team that made its first NCAA tourney appearance since 2009 and traveled with the team to the Big Ten Tournament. She was also able to chaperone the Gopher student road trip down to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl to watch the Gophers play in their first January bowl game since 1962.
Ochtera hopes to continue working in collegiate athletics after her internship. She said she loves the University of Minnesota and it would be a dream to become a full-time employee in the Gophers' athletic department or somewhere else near the Twin Cities area in either ticketing or customer service.
She lists her favorite sports memory as being able to witness 2015 Women's Hockey Frozen Four and seeing the Gophers take home the championship. Ochtera said to see such a successful, large event that she had a hand in making happen made the moment special.
Alec Ouradnik, a native of Bismarck, ND, is a technical services coordinator. He graduated from The Institute of Production and Recording with a degree in live sound and show production.
Ouradnik previously worked part time at Eagle Brook Church in Lino Lakes, MN, as part of their facilities team. There he helped maintain the building and kept it clean. He also helped set up the church's new lighting scheme on the stage which he said is even more impressive than many concert venues in the area.
He hopes to pursue a career in the live concert/event industry with sound and lighting. While Ouradnik does not have any plans yet, he would like to go on tour with a band someday. His favorite sports memory was when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown while playing high school football, and describes it as the greatest feeling ever.
Emily Skeels, a native of Winona, MN, is a live broadcast intern with Gopher Digital Productions. She earned her degree in communication studies from the University of Minnesota.
Skeels previously worked as a student employee with the Gopher Digital Productions team. She did camera operations and other roles with the live broadcasts. Skeels was also a camera operator for the Big Ten Network Student U and even got on TV during one of the games.
She has not thought about her plans post-internship but knows she will be looking for a job that excites her. Her favorite sports memory was going to state in softball her sophomore year of high school. Skeels said it was a sweet experience.
Prior to employment at TCF Bank Stadium, Smith worked with the Skyhawks Coaching Organization. There he mentored and coached children ages 6 to 13 in six different sports. He also directed camp operations, including logistics, scheduling, and drills, as well as instilling life skills within the children.
Smith played football and basketball in his five years at Concordia. He is still pursuing a career in professional basketball but one day hopes to be an athletic director at the high school level.
He lists his favorite sports memory as winning the state football championship in 2008 at Camp Randall Stadium.
Kara Snell, a native of Columbus, MS, is an event management assistant. She received her bachelor's in secondary physical education from the University of Arizona in 2007 and her master's in sports administration and leadership from Seattle University in 2013.
Snell held a number of positions before her current position at the University of Minnesota. Directly before beginning her internship, she was with a company in the healthcare industry as a business specialist for a year. Prior to that, she was a club manager for a Snap Fitness in Burnsville, MN.
While at Seattle University, she was a game operations graduate assistant for two years. Snell worked for baseball, softball, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and women's basketball. She was also an assistant event manager for men's basketball. She was in charge of concessions, staffing, security, facilities, operations, the event itself and visiting team hospitality. She also assisted with Seattle's transition from Division II to Division I while going from an independent school to a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Snell hopes to stay working in athletics in the Twin Cities area after she completes her internship. Her favorite sports memory came while she was at Arizona in 2005. Willie Tuitama and the Cats' football team beat the previously undefeated UCLA Bruins 52-14. The Cats were 0-6 at the time and a major underdog going into the game. She said that as soon as the final whistle blew, the stands poured onto the field and the excitement and pride was overwhelming.
Devin Ste. Marie
Devin Ste. Marie, a native of Whitby, Ontario, is a major gifts intern in the Golden Gopher Fund. She studied strategic communications at the University of Minnesota.
Ste. Marie swam butterfly on the Gopher swim team that won four Big Ten Championship titles during her time on the team. She was a co-captain her senior year and worked with student-athlete development last summer. She hopes to work in athletics of any kind after her internship. Her dream is to work for the Olympic Committee, but she is excited to learn what interests her the most this year in her internship.
Her favorite sports memories are qualifying for the Olympic swimming trials when she was 14 and when the women's swimming and diving team won their fourth straight Big Ten Title at Ohio State last year. She said it was an extremely happy and emotional moment for her and her teammates.
Ryan Tibbitts, a Glidden, WI native, is a communications intern working as the primary contact for both men's and women's tennis, as well as softball. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Tibbitts 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 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.
Some of his accomplishments include starting the school newspaper and radio station social media accounts, while also building the athletic department's primary social media presence. 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. His final stop would be working for a small-town newspaper, reporting sports. Tibbitts' favorite sports memory includes travelling with the UW-River Falls softball team on their 10-game trip to Florida. He and the Falcons later made a surprise run at the conference's title as the No. 6 seed.
Cody Voga, a native of Jewell, IA, is a communications intern working as the primary baseball contact and secondary contact for football. He studied sports management at Buena Vista University and received his master's degree in new media at DePaul University.
Voga was a graduate assistant in athletic communications for two years while at DePaul. He was the primary media contact for volleyball and softball, while also serving as the interim contact for women's basketball. He handled all day-to-day operations for the programs from designing graphics, handling statistics, working with social media, writing feature stories and developing previews and game recaps. Voga also spearheaded the nomination process for Mary Connolly to be tabbed an All-American, along with being responsible for many other student-athletes landing nominations as All-Conference and All-District performers.
Voga's dream job would be to work in an athletic communications department for a major university. He would also like to experience operations at the professional level firsthand.
Voga's favorite sports memory is when he had the honor of escorting his mom as she was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame. He said she was a phenomenal coach and was rewarded for her tireless efforts on and off the field.
Emily Zniewski, a native of St. Cloud, MN, is a facility operations intern at Mariucci and Ridder Arenas. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in mass communications - public relations and a minor in travel & tourism.
Zniewski worked a number of positions in facility management in the past, including spending over three years at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center as an event supervisor during her studies at St. Cloud State. While at St. Cloud State, Zniewski received several distinctions, including "Outstanding Student Worker" in May of 2013, and "Go-To Person" within the campus recreation department in May of 2014. She was also one of five nominees for “Student Employee of the Year" in May of 2014.
Beginning in February 2014, Zniewski worked one season for the Minnesota Twins as one of their ballpark operations interns. Before beginning her internship at the University of Minnesota, she also worked at Concordia University-St Paul as a conference and event coordinator. Zniewski supervised a staff of 15-20 students who set up various rooms and spaces for both internal and external events held on campus. Currently, she also works part time at the Braemar Arena in Edina, MN, helping out in the concession stand, selling tickets and doing clerical work. After her internship, Zniewski hopes to find a full-time position working with a sports facility.
Zniewski's favorite sports memory is working the 2014 MLB All-Star week events and seeing Glen Perkins come in to earn the save in front of the hometown crowd.