Athletic Communications Intern, University of South Florida
The University of South Florida Department of Athletics Communications is hiring undergraduate students for internships for class credit and work study positions. Athletic communications is an exciting industry where students will have the opportunity to learn public relations and media relations skills in the sporting industry from industry professionals.
At sporting events:
- Attend sporting events such as football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball games and tennis matches and perform communications duties in the working press box or press area.
- Media relations at sporting events including but not limited to running stats at sporting events, setting up press box, distributing statistical information and game notes, assisting media with minor requests
- Statistical help including but not limited to spotting and inputting game plays and details
- Content creation for social media including but not limited to taking photos and posting to USF Athletics social media accounts. This usually is an activity students enjoy and consider a privilege.
In the office:
- Write press releases or assist with press releases about sporting events, news related to sporting teams, events, ticket sales, or other information regarding the athletic department.
- Assist with media guides, this includes placing photos, writing copy, laying out text and photos for publication.
- Graphic design work including creating game day programs, social media graphics, social media design and ideas, etc.
- Create basic documents such as rosters, schedules, student athlete bios, game programs, etc.
Communications is a broad field, and depending on the student’s interests and talents, additional duties may be decided on between the student and the supervisor. For example, if a student had a special interest in photography, videography, graphic design, social media strategy or traditional public relations, the student may be presented opportunities to work in these capacities. Other duties as assigned.
- Student at USF.
- Prefer students pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, advertising, journalism, marketing, business, photography, graphic design, or other external relations degree. Strongly preferred but not a requirement.
- Ability to work 5-15 hours per week. Office hours are flexible around your class schedule.
- Prefer knowledge of AP Style, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft word and excel softwares.
While these duties may seem basic in nature, the industry of college athletics is fast paced with many deadlines, and many people are required to execute the production of sporting events at a high level, and create fun and enjoyable learning environments for students interested in pursuing a profession in college athletics. Students may also enjoy meals at sporting events where a meal is provided, and necessary USF apparel congruent with working events.
Interested students should email Lorie Garnett, assistant director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, a copy of their resume, and the following information: full name, year in school, major, and why you are interested in the position. If you are qualified for work study, or wish to enroll in class credit, please indicate in the email. Students to apply by August 24 will be given priority consideration. Selected students will be invited to interview.