Transylvania University

Name: Transylvania University

Supervisor Name: Justin Sweeney

Supervisor Position: Sports Information Director

Supervisor Email: jsweeney@transy.edu

Description: Transylvania University has two sports-related internships available for spring '19. One is focused on sports broadcasting/video media content. The other is focused on sports media PR and game operations. See attached for details. Supervisor for both is Justin Sweeney, Sports Information Director at Transylvania University, jsweeney@transy.edu.

 

1. Transylvania Sports Media PR and Game Operations Internship

The Transylvania Athletics Department and its Sports Information Department are seeking interns from the University of Kentucky for an experiential-style internship for the upcoming 2018-19 athletic season.

Drawing upon their knowledge base and desired study focus, selected interns will be assigned to assist our sports information department, which serves as the marketing and gameday operations branch of the Transylvania Athletics Department.

The selected intern will assist with gameday operations as part of the event management staff, participating actively in various positions integral to the production of a home sporting event and assisting with athletic communications functions as well.

The ideal candidate should be pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree focused towards communications, sport administration, sports marketing, social media management, public relations, and/or sports journalism.

This internship is designed to give an intern additional experiential experience in applications of public relations, sports journalism, and event management in a college athletics setting.

 

Key elements of the internship include the following areas:

Live Statting: During events, intern may serve as a key part of operations crew, handling tasks which range from recording penalties, substitutions, and stats on field, communicating with officials and coaches, and updating gameday team in press box on officials’ decisions. Intern may also handle additional in-game tasks including operating a scoreboard, assisting broadcast crew with relevant updates, and stat tracking.

Gameday Operations/Event Management: Intern will be assisting our Sports Information Staff and gameday crew on-site for home games, posting play-by-play style social media posts during event, observing games to create a written recap to follow event, assisting with statistics, and working on the field with officials as correspondence between on-field staff and press box. Intern may also at times work as a “runner” between different media personnel during gameday events.

Written content: Transylvania Sports Information provides ongoing coverage of all 26 sports teams through its website and an assortment of written content. Intern will be prepped and trained on creating a variety of written content, including game recaps, game previews, “season-in-review” style articles, season previews, press releases on players of the week, and feature stories. Much of this element will require intern to turnaround postgame recaps.

Social Media: The Sports Information Department is responsible for development and delivery of social media strategy; intern will assist department in creating promotional ideas, posting information about upcoming events, and game updates on Transylvania’s main social media platforms as well as specific team platforms.

Research and Marketing: Outside of live events, intern will also be called upon to assist Sports Information Department in fulfilling requests from outside media, which can include facilitating visits from outside media, collecting photos of student-athletes or coaches for requests, collating recent and archived content, and other projects focused towards keeping Athletics website accurate and updated.

 

Desired Skills

-Availability for sporting events on evenings and weekends.

-Knowledge in AP Style, previous sports writing experience (blogging, student newspaper, etc.) is preferred but not required.

-Past experience as a sport official, working a sporting event at a press table, or operating statistical hardware or software.

-Past experience working in social media for a brand, business, athletic team, or a professional organization.

-Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with teammates.

-Experience in a journalistic setting (newsroom, school newspaper, radio station, news station, website, personal or corporate blog).

-Creative, sports-minded, proactive, coachable, and organization are all attributes for success in this position.

 

Contact Information:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a resume to Justin Sweeney, Sports Information Director at Transylvania University via email: jsweeney@transy.edu.

We encourage applicants to send along the following materials if available: writing samples, website projects, or samples of social media deliverables. Please attach contact information to two professional references.

Deadline to apply for the internship is Wednesday, September 12 but the interview process will begin on a first-apply, first-interview basis.

 

Compensation and Hours

- 75 percent of internship will take place on site (Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky), 25 percent of internship can be completed remotely

- Unpaid, credit only

- Internship will entail approximately 7 to 15 hours of work per week for a semester

- Hours and schedule dependent upon area of interest and credits approved 

 

2. Transylvania University Sports Broadcasting/Video Media Content Internship

The Transylvania Athletics Department and its Sports Information Department are seeking interns from the University of Kentucky for an experiential-style internship for the 2018-19 athletic season.

Drawing upon their knowledge base and/or desired study focus, selected interns will be assigned to assist our sports information department, which oversees all broadcasting operations and athletic communications of the Transylvania Athletics Department.

The ideal candidate will be pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree focused towards communications, broadcast media, video broadcasting, video editing and/or video production.

The internship is designed to give an intern additional experiential experience in applications of broadcast media in a college athletics communications setting, and to also strengthen the intern’s resume with an emphasis on broadcasting, video and digital media, athletic communications, and the evolving landscape of sports media as a whole. Internships are available on both a semester and yearlong basis.

 

Key elements of the internship include the following areas:

Live Action Play-by-Play: One of two primary aspects of the internship will be for the intern to call play-by-play for fall season sports. All equipment is provided on-site but the intern is free to use their own equipment (headphones, microphones, etc.)

The intern will be given play-by-play assignments for sports, doing prep work for games and then coming to campus sport venues to deliver play-by-play coverage of live games. No previous experience is required but intern should have interest in broadcasting as a career or skill set to gain.

Video Features: The other primary aspect of the internship will involve doing video features on Transylvania student-athletes, coaches, and programs to be used as content for our official Transylvania Athletics youtube page and adjoining video platforms. Equipment can also be provided to intern to research and produce eventual video content.

Game recaps/highlight packages: In addition to (or in place of) video features, intern will also put together video recap reports or game highlight videos for select games using game footage with voiceovers.

Video Editing

 

Desired Skills

-Availability for sporting events on evenings and weekends.

-Software experience in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically with Premiere and Photoshop) or Final Cut Pro.  

-Past experience working in social media for a brand, business, athletic team, professional organization.

-Past video editing and/or broadcasting experience.

-Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with teammates.

-Experience in a journalistic setting (newsroom, school newspaper, radio station, news station, website).

-Creative, sports-minded, proactive, coachable, and organization are all attributes for success in this position.

 

Contact Information:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a resume to Justin Sweeney, Sports Information Director at Transylvania University via email: jsweeney@transy.edu.

We encourage applicants to send along the following materials if available: broadcasting demos, video samples, video projects, or any other form of digital media projects you have completed in the past. Please attach contact information to two professional references.

Deadline to apply for the internship is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 but the interview process will begin on a first-apply, first-interview basis.

 

Compensation and Hours

- 75-80 percent of internship will take place on site (Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky), 20-25 percent of internship can be completed remotely

- Unpaid, credit only

- Internship will entail approximately 7 to 15 hours of work per week for a semester

- Hours and schedule dependent upon area of interest and credits approved