Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sports Management Internships

Many of our students are interested in interning for a professional sports team.  I can tell you from speaking to representatives from these teams and from professionals in the field, it is a very tough field to break into.  Internships are key but they are often unpaid and require long hours. Over the past 7 or 8 years, we have had interns working for the Boston Bruins, Providence Bruins, Boston Celtics, various AHL hockey teams, the Cape Cod Baseball League, Pawtucket Red Sox, the Kraft Sports Group, WEEI Sports Radio, and the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.  I am interested in hearing from CCB students and alumni who have had successful.

Also, if you are interested in sports management careers, keep your eyes open for job fairs that focus on that field.  There is usually one held at Gillette Stadium and if I see an announcement for that, I will post it on the blog.  You should also continue to search, etc. for opportunities.  Here's one I found today that is with the Red Sox.  It is for someone who is a graduate and has some experience (they will recognize internship experience).  Notice that it is a paid tryout with the Red Sox organization.  That is quite typical of how these opportunities are structured.

Associate - Boston Red Sox Rotational Business Initiative (RBI)
Boston Red Sox - Boston, MA
Full-time, Part-time
The Boston Red Sox are seeking a new employee to join their inaugural Rotational Business Initiative (RBI) program. In this role, the individual will be exposed to various functions and departments within the club. All rotations will take place within the business operations segments of the club, with potential assignments including but not limited to; Client Services, Ballpark Operations, Red Sox Sales Academy, Marketing, Ticket Sales&Services , Human Resources and Fan Services & Entertainment.

Possible Responsibilities: *
  • Assist with the development and presentation of proposals to sponsors.
  • Research and develop lists of best practices from other sports and entertainment entities.
  • Answer inbound ticket sales and customer service phone calls for Red Sox home games and other events hosted at Fenway Park.
  • Assist in executing department-specific and organization-wide projects including Fenway Park special events.
  • Work with season ticket holders to provide a high level of customer service.
  • Greet special guests on game days, assist in the execution and direction of pre-game ceremonies.
  • Assist with tour program.
  • Support existing team with planning, development, execution and wrap-up of Fenway Park Events.
  • Develop sales leads through cold calling, networking events, and referrals from current customers.
  • Assist in fulfilling premium events and servicing premium groups when needed.
  • Assist with coordination of meetings and ad hoc projects as assigned.
  • Represent the Club in a positive and professional manner at all times.
1. Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
2. Excellent customer service skills
3. Ability to work in a team-oriented environment that is fast paced and demanding
4. Must be self-directed, have excellent initiative, strong organizational skills, and willingness to learn
5. Ability to maintain and build relationships
6. Must have strong work ethic
7. Must have intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must have approximately 2 years of experience working in an office setting. Internship experience is acceptable.
  • Must have deep interest in the sports industry, and be passionate about maximizing the fan experience.
  • This is a paid assignment, for the duration of approximately 8 months, with the opportunity for a permanent position at the employer’s discretion if available.
  • Hours worked must stay under 30-35 each week.
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check.
  • The person hired into this position will be an “at-will” employee of the Club.
  • Individuals must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Actual responsibilities will vary depending on which departments are included in the rotation.
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