Title: Communications Intern
Location: USGA Headquarters, Liberty Corner, NJ
Position Timeframe: May – August 2018
From the USGA Handicap System to national amateur championships, to modernizing the delivery of the game’s Rules and supporting sustainable golf course management practices, the United States Golf Association promotes the health of a game that inspires, challenges, and rewards like nothing else can.
Are you looking to join a dynamic team that works together to promote and conserve the true spirit of the game of golf? The USGA Communications Intern will handle media relations and communications support for USGA championships both on-site and from the home office. Office duties include supervision of production of Player Guides for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open; assistance with media credentialing; assistance with the collection and posting of championship qualifying results to USGA Web sites; assistance with the development of the championship player biographical database, assistance with research, writing, fact checking, and proofing of content for USGA communications; and assistance with on-site posting of content on www.usga.org (particularly online media center), other USGA Web sites and social media sites.
This IMPACT Internship will also feature a Professional Development focus where will have an opportunity to participate in Panel Discussions (Leadership & Former Interns), learn more about our broader organization by being exposed to "Day in the Life of" job overviews, participating in community service and social activities, and the opportunity to complete and present a capstone project for senior leaders and management.
What you can expect:
- Communications duties on-site at selected USGA Championships to include writing, distribution and posting of daily stories/capsules; results distribution; and media assistance and service (to include player and officials interviews and broadcast television liaison among other duties).
- Support pre-championship and championship proper communications from home office, including story editing and research, Web site posting, and results distribution.
- Support development of Player Guides for U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, and U.S. Senior Women’s Open including collection of data from players via telephone and email; as well as preparation and formatting of online player biographical data for media and USGA Web site use.
- Handle proofreading, editing, writing, posting of content for USGA Web sites (online media center: http://mediacenter.usga.org/) and press releases, with an emphasis on fact checking.
- Collect and collate biographical data for entry into championship player biographical database.
What you bring to the USGA:
- Preferred area of study include: journalism, communications, PR or related field
- Position requires general communications and media relations skills, as well as familiarity with special events operations
- Journalism/Public Relations background or writing experience is a must
- Up-to-date computer skills and the ability to effectively communicate on the phone, via e-mail and through various Web site and social media outlets. Video skills suggested but not required.
- Familiarity with USGA history and practices desirable
About the USGA:
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf worldwide. Founded in 1894, we conduct golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions includes the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer