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Athletics Communications Intern, Sports Information

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Athletics Communication Intern, Sports Information

Posting # 685

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity's urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
University of San Diego Athletics Strategic Communications is seeking a paid intern for the 2018-19 athletic year, with an anticipated end date of June 23, 2019. Candidates must possess a strong work ethic, enthusiasm and a goal of working in the athletics communications field.

Responsibilities for the communications intern will include serving as the primary contact for assigned sports, assisting at all home football games, and when available home men's and women's basketball games.

This individual will have a range of responsibilities which include: customer service, writing, editing, graphic design, social media, archiving, event management, proactive media pitching and the facilitation of interview requests.

The position includes desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and a strong emphasis on social media. Experience in website editing and statistical programs is also preferred.

In addition to the daytime office hours, nights and weekends are required.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Management, Content Generation and Communications

  • Provide exemplary customer service to internal and external members, including less than 24-hour response rates for internal and media-related matters and frequent proactive updates on mid and long-term projects.
  • Facilitate program interview and media requests with local, regional, national media.
  • Facilitate internal feature coverage, including creative, video, digital, social, written, and other emerging content mediums.
  • Nominate student-athletes and coaches for weekly awards and postseason awards
  • Input results for national rankings and postseason selections.
  • Regularly input and update basic event information on digital platforms including dates, times, opponents, media, ticket and promotional information.
  • Write and edit various department communication materials, record books, student-athlete bios; postseason publications, press releases (previews, recaps, advisories), feature stories, game notes and daily sport specific content for the department's website.
  • Proactively schedules photography for programs and events and provides shot lists to event photographers.
  • Arrange credentials for media to attend home events.
  • Direct game coverage for assigned sports and assist in game and practice coverage for additional and secondary sports. Schedule, supervise and coordinate game day communications operations and supervision of game day staff in press areas for selected sports.

    Strategic Communications and Digital Execution
  • Positively influence the perceptions and narratives about the University of San Diego.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with local, regional and national media on social media platforms.
  • Promote the events, ticketing and development-related initiatives of the Athletic Department.
  • Utilize current and emerging digital platforms and accessible technologies to provide behind-scenes viewpoints of USD Athletics and its community members.
  • Support revenue development through messaging that help sell tickets and promote fundraising initiatives and development campaigns.
  • Maintain a consistent voice on social and digital platforms.
    Support External Affairs and Programs
  • Inform and educate athletes, coaches, administrators, other athletic department members and University constituents on effective methods of media interaction, and personal and program use of social networking platforms.
  • Gather and interpret data analytics to help make informed decisions. Use data and searchable analytics to strategically think about content, platforms, audiences, time and user experience.
  • Learn and adopt new technology, tools, platforms, programs that San Diego will use to communicate and engage with audiences how, where and when they need to consume information. Utilizes social and emerging platforms both personally and professionally.
  • Collaborate with others to lead proactive relationships in the University, athletic department, West Coast Conference and NCAA, among others.

    Team Contributor
  • Champion department initiatives and drive enthusiasm and professionalism among a diverse staff with complimentary skill sets and experiences.
  • Manage the delivery and evaluation of effective messaging examples through weekly staff updates to key members of the team and programs.

    Other Duties
  • Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

    Job Requirements:
    Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, public relations, digital media, sport management or related field
  • Outstanding organizational, communication, writing and interpersonal skills in a fast-paced environment
  • In-depth knowledge of the digital and social landscapes; must be active on social media
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously along difficult timelines
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, work efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • High level of personal integrity and ethics
  • Ability to work as a member of a high-performing team
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment and discretion
  • Ability to work extended stretches, both within a day and over several consecutive days
  • Ability to manage time and balance consistent regular office hours with event schedules
  • Passion for intercollegiate athletics
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a high level of energy, charisma, enthusiasm, creativity and to be professional, yet able to have fun in the work place

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a collegiate athletics department or professional sports organization
  • Confidence and familiarity working with web technologies, including basic HTML
  • Knowledge of in-game statistical programs (Stat Crew)
  • Confidence and familiarity working with graphic design technologies (InDesign, Photoshop)

    Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

    Posting Salary: $12.00 per hour

    This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefit based position.

    Special Application Instructions:
    Visit to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

    Additional Details:
    Hours: 25 hours per week; work hours vary

    Closing date: Open Until Filled

    Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

    The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

    The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

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  • Organization

    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

    Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

    To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

    While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

    Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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