Rules Modernization Field Research InternRules_Modernization_Field_Research_Intern

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 Rules Modernization – Field Research Intern will play an integral role in researching current engagement with the Rules of Golf at the grassroots level to help inform the Rules-making process in the future. Working closely with the USGA Rules staff, and specifically the Manager of Rules Outreach and Programming, this individual will provide the necessary support at local and regional activation opportunities (e.g., SRGA headquarters, golf clubs, and USGA championships) in order to ensure significant qualitative and quantitative data is collected at this critical time in the governance of the game.


This USGA Internship will also feature a Professional Development focus where you'll 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, complete and present a capstone project and engage in all-intern social events.


Location: USGA Headquarters, Warren, NJ

Position Timeframe:  June through August, 2017


What you can expect:

  • Assist USGA Rules staff, along with key regional and local contacts, in conducting grassroots activations centered around the Rules of Golf
  • Measure the impact and success of conducted activities, using the tools and metrics at-hand; activities and discussion topics will center around both the substance of the Rules (e.g., procedures, outcomes) and the utility of Rules products (e.g., print publications, USGA Rules app, education products)
  • Deliver timely reporting on the key findings to USGA Rules staff and leaders
  • Work with local and regional contacts to recruit participants for activations
  • Participate in working group meetings centered around the Rules Modernization initiative; contribute to the strategy and execution around best practices of feedback and evaluation involving the Rules of Golf


What you bring to the USGA:

  • Preferred areas of study include: marketing, marketing research, communications, public relations, humanities/sociology, or other related fields
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills – personable and engaging personality with the ability to bring together a cohort around a shared goal for each session
  • Keen analytical sense with the ability to synthesize and articulate findings from an experiment or research study
  • Experience with event promotion/operations, observational research/field study engagements, grassroots marketing, or community building activities preferred
  • General working knowledge of golf is required and familiarity/interest with the Rules of Golf preferred



To Apply:

Please click on the following link to apply: Rules Modernization- Field Research Intern



About the USGA:

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.


The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.



The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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