I’m writing today in regards to several internships I have for the Washington Wild Things, a professional baseball team that plays in Washington and in the Frontier League (independent ball). You all are on my list of local schools and their communications-related people and I wanted to reach out, not only looking for potential matches for internships, but to try and see if you’ll pass these job descriptions on to your students at your respective schools. You will find a few handfuls of descriptions attached that detail these positions more but there are a multitude of options for communications, mass media or even sports management students ranging from things close to public relations and marketing to broadcasting and media relations. Below is a brief summary of all of the positions. To apply (for most of them), I’m simply looking for a cover letter and resume emailed to me. There are a few, for example, the play-by-play one that require a demo as something extra to that.
Some details on all of these: They start at the very beginning of May (specific date may be negotiable). They are unpaid (law that requires it), but I encourage interns to stay the whole summer – that’s really the only way you get the full experience and they won’t regret it. We are placing in some things into our internship program this year that hopefully will help to better the experience and make it better than it already is. The season runs until early September.
Broadcast Play by Play – Intern will do three innings of PxP for all 48 home games during the 2018 season as well as handle some pre- and post-game show responsibilities. Intern may also be on-air talent for video pre-game shows and more.
Broadcast Producer Intern – This is essentially a studio board op. I envision this is a great chance for a younger, aspiring sports announcer to tackle as a means of observation and getting to learn things, with an opportunity to eventually be a part of the broadcast in some capacity to be determined. This could be a student as young as a freshman (this year) going into their sophomore year.
Media Relations – It’s going to expand a little bit because it is a position I’m bringing back after the organization abandoned it for a two-year period. Basically, this person will be “in charge” of the media side of the press box. They’ll get lineups, schedule and facilitate interviews, create stat and media information packs and several more things. This is a really good opportunity for someone to learn the media side of baseball and working in sports media in general.
On-Field Master of Ceremonies – This person is on the microphone during the games running our in-game promotions as the lead member of our “street team.” We’ve won awards in the past for our in-game entertainment so I’m looking for someone outgoing, charismatic and energetic to fill this position. This is the one that MIGHT be paid.
Social Media – Social Media interns will be tasked with assisting me in the operation of all four of our social platforms (FB, Twitter, IG, Snapchat) and will be primarily responsible for helping to build our follower base on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It will be heavy on IG and Snapchat, because we are trying to build a brand.
Sports Journalism – This one is relatively self-explanatory. The interns here will write game recaps, log games and highlights for use by local media outlets and write feature stories for the newsletters and website. This will be, obviously, journalism heavy and we’re looking for several good writers. May also act as on-camera talent for some things.
Fan Engagement and Street Team – These people are like radio promotions people. They need to be energetic and outgoing and willing to be around the community to build the fan base and engage with the community in a way that helps build the Wild Things’ brand. In-game, they will be on the street team, helping to run in-game promotions and pre-game activities as well as do dances and t-shirt tosses and all kinds of things to create a fun atmosphere at the ballpark. This position is good for PR students, marketing students and more, because of the opportunity to sell the brand in a positive way in the community and at the park.
Public Address Announcer – There is not a description attached for this, but it is self-explanatory. I’m looking for someone reliable and with the energy to handle the job well here. This is a paid position unless it is for credit.
I’d really appreciate the opportunity to speak with your students in an informal setting and am more than happy to answer any questions. In the end, I think having a beneficial internship is a HUGE part of the college education and having just graduated in April of 2017, I know the importance of the internship to the communications field. Working in sports is not for everyone but you won’t get as much an unpredictable and changing environment than sports. So, while I encourage people who want to be in sports strongly consider applying for an internship with us, I encourage your middle-of-the-road communications student to consider us too. There are things we can create and do here they may not get somewhere else. Also, having a pro baseball team on your resume doesn’t hurt either!
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know everyone is very busy this time of year, and I didn’t mean to make a novel out of this, but it may have happened. Again, any of this you can pass along to your students or if you have any suggestions of your students who I should reach out to, I’d be happy to hear back from you.
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