Western Michigan University is accepting applications for an Athletic Media Relations Intern for the 2019-20 academic year. Located in Kalamazoo, Mich., Western Michigan is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and sponsor of 16 Division I sports. WMU is looking for candidates that will help continue to foster the growth and success of Bronco Athletics, as well as enhance the Western Michigan Athletics brand.
Overview: Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred qualifications include a minimum of two years experience in intercollegiate media relations/sports information work, experience in desktop publishing and graphic design with Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop software, experience in writing, editing and designing effective publications, familiarity with Statcrew software, and strong communications skills. Video editing experience is also a plus. All candidates should possess the ability to meet deadlines and work nights/weekends.
Responsibilities include, but are not confined to: Assisting in traditional sports information capacities which include writing press releases, recaps, feature stories, historical archiving and statistical up keeping for Western Michigan’s 16 Intercollegiate athletic teams. Interns will also aid in creating content for social media and with the maintenance of WMU’s athletic website, wmubroncos.com. Interns will have the opportunity to assist at major athletics functions, including (but not limited to) football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and volleyball game days. Interns will be exposed to the media and public relations side of the sports industry, as well as work closely with areas of marketing and video production.
Primary Duties: • Assist in game-day management and statistics for men's soccer, softball and assist coverage of other sports • Writing press releases and game notes; daily updating and maintenance of WMU’s athletics website • Update / provide content for social media channels • Implement publicity campaigns to increase fan engagement across all sports • Assist with the maintenance of archival information, records, photos, statistics, etc. • Work with video staff to create video web content, specialty packages & features • Report to the NCAA & Mid-American Conference • Other duties as assigned
Minimum of two year’s experience in an intercollegiate sports information office
Working knowledge of various Statcrew software packages
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, in particular, InDesign & Photoshop
Must be self-motivated with attention to detail and accuracy
A bachelor’s degree is required
Evening and weekend hours with some travel
Please email cover letter, resume and 2-3 work samples/links to:
Nathan Palcowksi – Assistant Director, Communications & Engagement at email@example.com
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Western Michigan University, an equal opportunity employer, complies with applicable federal and state laws and University policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment.
Additional Salary Information: This is a 9-month appointment with a start date of August 2019 - with the possibility of a paid summer extension. The estimated pay is $1,400 per month.
About Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.Nationally and internationally recognized, the University aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged.The synergy of these three pillars enables WMU to be a premier and distinctive university of choice. Western Michigan University offers all students a learning community designed for and dedicated to their success. We are committed to access and affordability, and sustaining an environment in which every student can meet the world head-on and triumph.WMU has more than 250,000 alumni worldwide, living in all 50 U.S. states and some 140 other countries. Of the University's total alumni, about 73 percent —183,831—reside in America and about 51 percent—128,887—reside in Michigan.•The University has a diverse student body, with minorit...y groups making up 23 percent, graduate students 21 percent and international students 8 percent.•Despite its size and complexity, WMU has a 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, two-thirds of undergraduate classes have 30 or fewer students, and undergraduates have ample opportunities to work closely with faculty researchers and artists.•Within three months of graduation, 91 percent of alumni are employed, engaged in military service or full-time volunteer work, or continuing their education; 88 percent are satisfied with their jobs; and 85 percent have jobs related to their degree.•Ranked No. 1 among Top U.S. Sales Schools by Study.com, the sales and business marketing program is one of just a handful of majors focusing on both selling and sales leadership and since 2007 has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as being one of the Top University Sales Programs.•National researcher Gartner lists the integrated supply management program among the nation's 10 leading supply chain undergraduate programs and has done so for the past three years.•WMU has the world’s oldest, largest and premiere blindness and low vision studies program of its kind in the world.•The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business as well as among the select 1 percent that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics adds to the vitality of campus life. WMU is committed to gender equity and is an NCAA Division I school in the Mid-American Conference (Football Bowl Subdivision) and National Collegiate Hockey Conference.•By posting the league's best overall GPA for the academic year, the 398 student-athletes in WMU's 15 Mid-American Conference sports brought home the 2016-17 MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award.•WMU's male student-athletes have had the highest overall GPA in the Mid-American Conference five times, capturing the MAC's academic achievement award for men more often than any other school in the league.