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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - 2014
Objective
To offer broad-based educational experiences in the field of athletics to interested, qualified candidates seeking hands-on experience in a fast-paced, interactive, professional environment in order to better position him or her self for future career advancement.
 
Richmond Kickers internships are open to all eligible high school and college students.
 
Tickets Sales Internship:
 
The Richmond Kickers are seeking Corporate and Ticket Sales Interns for the 2014 season.  Candidates should be highly motivated, passionate and driven individuals that are seeking hands-on experience in a fast-paced, interactive and professional sports environment.  This internship program is designed to support the sales department through ticket sales promotions and services, prospecting new clients, managing databases, planning events and building solid working relationships with new and current clientele.  Hours will range from 15 to 20 hours per week in addition to some special events that take place after work hours.  Reliable transportation is required.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Proactively generate ticket sales revenue with assigned goals through season tickets, group sales, corporate events and birthday parties
  • Create and implement group, corporate and season ticket sales strategies and promotions
  • Build a network of leads and foster dynamic working relationships with current and new clientele
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service with season ticket holders, groups and sponsors
  • Maintain detailed database and email/direct mail follow-up information on programs
  • Participate in weekly sales meetings and submit weekly contact report to Director of Ticket Sales
  • Produce effective sales materials including flyers, brochures and mass emails
  • Meet and exceed all sales goals
  • Assist with operations, public relations and special projects as needed
Minimum Position Qualifications
  • Current graduate or undergraduate student preferred
  • Highly motivated, aggressive, detail-oriented and reliable self-starter who works well in a team environment
  • Ability to develop, implement and execute strategic sales plans
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and interacts professionally with fans
  • Demonstrate high level of professionalism, work well under pressure, demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness and willingness to learn and adapt in fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office and other necessary computer skills
  • Knowledge of soccer preferred
Compensation:  Commission based.  Can receive college credit if approved by educational institution.
 
 
Spring & Summer Internships:
 
Street Team - Marketing & Brand Management
Preferred undergraduate or graduate college students with an interest in sports marketing.  Looking for highly driven and reliable applicants and those who exhibit creative thinking to represent the organization.  The internship would include a chance to experience the different facets of a professional sports organization, with an emphasis on marketing, promotions, operations, and office administration.  Position reports to the General Manager.  Availability January to May (spring) and/or May through August (summer) - Access to transportation means is necessary.  Hours would be flexible and some weekends required.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
Social Media Coordinator
Preferred undergraduate or graduate college students with an interest in social media and professional sports.  The Social Media Coordinator will assist with the management of the Kickers social media channels including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and other relevant websites.  The Social Media Coordinator must demonstrate a passion for cutting edge social networking platforms and will implement the latest tools and techniques to grow the online brand.  Video editing experience preferred.  Preferred Availability - February to May (spring) and/or May through August (summer).  Access to transportation means is necessary.  Hours would be flexible, some weekends required.    For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
Public & Community Relations
Preferred college students with an interest in the field of public relations and community involvement.  Duties would include but are not limited to assisting the General Manager in the management and operations of community events and appearances, as well as in the daily communications of the club and general office administration.  Strong written and communication skills required.  Passion for the the sport of soccer preferred.  Preferred Availability - February to May (spring) and/or May through August (summer) - Access to transportation means is necessary.  Hours &ndash flexible during the week for in-office hours &ndash some weekends required for events.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
Public Relations & Marketing (Spanish Language Based)
Preferred bilingual college students with an interest in the field of public relations and marketing.  Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and English.  Duties would include assisting with the overall public relations of the club with an emphasis on cultivating relationships with local Hispanic media and strengthening the club&rsquos brand in the Hispanic community.  Create and distribute flyers, posters and promotional materials and serve as a liaison to the Hispanic community.  Passion for the sport of soccer preferred.  Availability - February to May (spring) and/or May through August (summer) - Access to transportation means is necessary.  Hours &ndash flexible during the week for in-office hours &ndash some weekends required for events.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
Operations & Administration
Preferred Graduate or Undergraduate students who have an interest in gaining experience in a professional sports setting.  The internship would include a chance to experience the different facets of a professional sports organization, with an emphasis on the daily operations of the organization.  Intern responsibilities would include but is not limited to assistance in team travel administration, team equipment management, stadium operations, and office administration.  Preferred Availability - February to May (spring) and/or May through August (summer).  Hours would be determined on an individual basis with some flexibility.  Access to transportation means is necessary.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.

Camp Administration
Graduate or Undergraduate student who has an interest in gaining experience in a professional sports setting.  The internship would include a chance to experience the different facets of a professional sports organization, but mostly would focus in assisting the Director of Camps with the camp database, camp administration and management, and promoting the camp program through marketing channels.  Preferred Availability - May through August (summer).  Hours would be determined on an individual basis with some flexibility, mostly weekdays.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
Game Day Interns
College or older high school students.  Duties include assisting Kickers&rsquo staff with game day operations at Richmond Kickers Pro home games.  Learn how to produce, manage, and administer different facets of a live sporting event.  Reports to the Director of Operations.  Preferred availability &ndash April through August.  Hours would be primarily evenings and weekends of home games.  For summer 2014 internships, please submit resume by February 20, 2014.
 
To Apply for Spring and Summer Internships:
Those interested in applying for Richmond Kickers internships, please identify areas of interest in your cover letter and please send resume and cover letter to:
 
Richmond Kickers
Attn: Shelley Sowers, General Manager
2001 Maywill Street, Suite 203
Richmond, Virginia 23230
FAX: (804) 591-2680
Email: ssowers@richmondkickers.com


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