Athletic Communications Student Assistants

The University of Minnesota Athletic Communications office is seeking student interns to work as part of the communications staff during the 2017-18 school year.

To apply for any of the positions, please send a resume to Michelle Traversie, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, at traen001@umn.edu. Please specify which position interests you most. Thank you.

Available internships:

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT – GOPHERSPORTS.COM WRITER
Applicants must be willing to commit to working the entire semester for class credit. The internship is a paid position for hours worked, with an option to receive 1-credit by registering for JOUR 3996 through Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication (HSJMC). 

Areas of Responsibility:
• Responsible for two written articles a week, which will be posted on gophersports.com and will be accompanied by a byline. Each should range between 600-800 words.
• One article will come from attending a game or media availability. While at the game or availability, gather quotes and write a notebook or sidebar to accompany the event. This article should be completed the same day of the event and will be posted on gophersports.com within 24 hours or the event.
• One article will be of a feature variety on a student-athlete, coach or an event (community service, student-athlete development, academics). This will be assigned to you by a member of the Minnesota Athletic Communications staff. Deadline and the editing process will also be communicated by a full-time staff member. 

Basic Qualifications:
• Current University of Minnesota undergraduate student enrolled in the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication to receive 1-credit coursework.
• Must be willing to attend specified home games or media availabilities. NOTE: University of Minnesota has 25 varsity sports.

Additional/Desired Qualifications:
• Ability to write in AP style and conduct interviews
• Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
• Motivated, self-starter
• Strong verbal and written communication skills

Benefits:
•Opportunity to gain valuable sports writing experience
• Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, and members of the media
• Receive a byline for all published work on gophersports.com
• Option to receive 1-credit by registering for JOUR 3996 through Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication (HSJMC).

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT GAME-DAY INTERN
Applicants must be willing to commit to working a minimum of one semester. Game-day Student Interns assist Athletic Communications sport contacts with various pre-game, in-game and post-game activities. The game day internship is unpaid.

Areas of Responsibility:
• Assist sport contact with all necessary set-up duties (day before and/or day of contest)
• Print and distribute box scores to appropriate individuals during and post-contest
• Calculate in-game statistics (sport specific)
• Acquire and document post-game quotes (coaches & players from both teams)
• Video post-game press conferences (sport specific)
• Upload post-game documents to website (i.e. game recap, quotes, notes, video)
• Various post-game duties (sport specific) such as collecting of placards, filling of beverage cooler, etc.
• Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:
• Current University of Minnesota undergraduate student
• Must be willing to support ALL home games; NOTE: University of Minnesota has 25 varsity sports

Additional/Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
• Motivated, self starter
• Good verbal and written communication skills

Benefits:
• Opportunity to gain valuable media relations experience
• Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, and members of the media
• Opportunity to learn additional skills to prepare for a promotion to a paid sport contact student internship
• Incentive program

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT OFFICE ASSISTANT INTERN
Applicants must be willing to commit to working a minimum of one semester. The student office assistant internship is unpaid.

Areas of Responsibility:
• Assist the Athletic Communications staff with day to day operations
• Archive news clippings from local and national media outlets
• Serve as receptionist for the Athletic Communications office, answering the main phone line and greeting guests
• Assist with mailing, filing and copy projects as needed
• Complete research projects as assigned
• Update and add website content
• Assist with weekly football press conferences
• Must work a minimum of five office hours per week
• Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:
• Must be a current University of Minnesota student
• Possess an interest or background in sports
• Must be a motivated self-starter willing to learn new skills

Additional/Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
• Good verbal and written communication skills

Benefits:
• Opportunity to gain valuable communications and public relations skills
• Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, fans, and members of the media
• Opportunity to take on writing assignments and learn additional skills to prepare for a promotion to a paid sport contact student internship
• Incentive program

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT SPORT CONTACT INTERN
Athletic Communications Student Assistants receive hands-on, real-world experience in the field of athletic communications and media relations. Previous sports information experience as a game-day student worker or athletic communications office assistant or journalism experience is required for consideration. Applicants must be a current University of Minnesota student. Position is paid for six hours per week.

Areas of Responsibility:
• Work directly with communications staff in coverage of one or more sports
• Write weekly previews, feature stories, recaps and produce Q&As for assigned sports
• Update coach and student-athlete biographies
• Update in-season statistics
• Learn statistical programs for assigned sports (i.e. Statcrew)
• Submit weekly athlete-of-the-week nominations to conference office for assigned sports
• Post articles and update statistics on gophersports.com
• Staff events for assigned sports
• Write feature articles and conduct Q&As for game programs as assigned
• Assist with revenue sport game staffing as assigned
• Required minimum of six (6) hours per week of in-office work

Basic Qualifications:
• Current University of Minnesota undergraduate student
• Previous athletic communications or journalism experience
• Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
• Strong interest in a career in sports

Additional/Desired Qualifications:
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• Previous writing experience
• Statistical experience

Benefits:
• Receive hands-on experience working with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, and members of the media
• Develop communications and public relations skills necessary to obtain a post-graduate position in athletic communications
• Networking opportunities
• Incentive program

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT – SOCIAL MEDIA GAME-DAY INTERN
Applicants must be willing to commit to working a minimum of one semester. 

Areas of Responsibility:
• Assist with in-game social media duties including live-tweeting and interaction/engagement as needed
• Create content (graphics, GIFS, tweets, posts) for multiple programs and social media platforms
• Create or acquire real time content for Vine, Snapchat, Instagram
• Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications:
• Must be a current University of Minnesota student
• Possess an interest or background in sports or social media
• Must be willing to support ALL home games; NOTE: University of Minnesota has 25 varsity sports
Additional/Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
• Previous social media experience

Benefits:
• Opportunity to gain valuable digital and social media skills
• Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, fans, and members of the media
• Opportunity to see your work posted on a Big Ten athletics social media channel
• Incentive program

To apply for any of the above positions, please send a resume to Michelle Traversie, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, at traen001@umn.edu. Please specify which position interests you most. Thank you.

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