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 2014-15 school year. Available internships:

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

To apply for any of the above internships, please send a resume to Paul Rovnak, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, at psrovnak@umn.edu.

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