The Athletic Communications Intern is a 10-month paid internship within the University of Arkansas Athletics Department. The chief responsibility of this position is to support our women’s soccer program and swimming and diving team as the primary contact and our baseball program as a secondary contact in image and brand building to positively impact and elevate the Arkansas Razorback brand. This position will also develop and execute a long-term vision for the communications function within assigned programs. In addition, the position will support the Arkansas Communications Office in communications-related and reputation management areas, which include the following:
Strategic Communications Provide support in developing communications strategies that will broaden visibility and reach and enhance the brand of assigned sports Research and write fact sheets, briefing documents, press releases, media alerts, social media, and other related content
Communications Support Assist Associate and Assistant Directors of Communications on communications-related opportunities and strategies as assigned Provide collateral support in drafting, editing, proofing, fact-checking, securing photos, etc. Contribute creatively in meetings to develop new concepts and approaches Provide support in proactively promoting members of assigned sports for post-season awards Staff and assist in communications efforts at all competitive events for assigned sports and other sports as assigned Assist in the management of student workers in the Communications office
The position also includes substantial responsibilities for the maintenance of the department’s official website, ArkansasRazorbacks.com, including writing game stories, advances and features, coordinating interview requests, producing publications, the production of game notes and game programs and game-day operations as well as other duties as assigned.
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in communications, journalism or related area of study
Experience in using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization’s core messages
Associated Press-style writing skills and proficiency in layout and design software (Photoshop and InDesign)
General understanding of several sports
Prior experience in a collegiate sports information environment
Familiarity with statistical software (The Automated Scorebook, etc.)
Experience working with a Division I women’s soccer program
Knowledge to shoot and edit video and/or photos
Superb strategy, writing, editing, and communications skills
Ability to both work independently and take direction from others, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
Collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, professional demeanor, and enthusiastic attitude
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience
Internal Number: R0004272
About University of Arkansas
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque riv...ers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.