Sports Tourism Intern (Intern III)
County of Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks - Henrico, VA

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Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, April 21, 2014.

This position is for a summer 2014 internship and is for academic credit for a graduate level student in Sports Leadership or Sports Management or a college level student rising junior or senior pursuing a degree in field relevant to internship: GPA 3.0 or better. Hiring selection and level is dependent on the qualification of the successful applicant and the needs of the County for this position.

Henrico County offers a variety of challenging hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available many departments. For more information on the operations and functions of each department click here: www.co.henrico.va.us/departments.html .

Essential Duties

Sports Tourism Intern - This is an internship for academic credit for a graduate level student or a college level student (rising junior or senior) pursuing a degree in a field relevant to internship; Hiring selection and level is dependent on the qualification of the successful applicant and the needs of the County for this position.

Desired Area of Study:
Sports Leadership, Sports Management
Desired GPA: 3.0 or better
Desired Student: Graduate level perferred or well-qualified junior or senior undergraduate
Work Hours: Flexible, 29 hours or less per week, e venings and weekend hours may also be necessary depending on the project

Work Location: 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Henrico, Va. and numerous athletic facilities within Henrico County

This internship position will be assigned to the Sports Tourism section of the Henrico County Division of Recreation & Parks. Students will need to have:
  • Considerable knowledge of social media, especially Twitter
  • Marketing and media relations with a focus on sports
  • Ability to assist in the planning and execution of special events and projects
  • Ability to attend local and regional sports tournaments and tourism events that would require nights and weekend work
  • Knowledge of summer outdoor sports like baseball, soccer and lacrosse
  • Good verbal communication skills
Intern may help with:
  • Communication efforts using social media such as Twitter.
  • Research additional forms of electronic marketing for the Division to utilize
  • Assist with t aking photographs at Division sporting events and programs
  • Coordination of sports summer leagues
  • Assist with preparation of tournaments hosted in the County
  • Work with Park Services in tournament preparation
Strong foundational knowledge in a field relevant to internship; excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of County employees and citizens integral to the internship; excellent organization and research skills with the ability to collect and organize facts/tasks effectively; excellent attention to details; excellent knowledge of and familiarity with computer systems with demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and common software products (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point); ability to multitask and manage priorities; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team; and ability to meet assigned deadlines.

Internships are intended to complement the student's academic program so the intern must bring foundational knowledge as well as a strong interest in the assigned department's mission and operations, and be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment. The intern will receive training relevant to the assigned responsibilities, clear direction regarding expectations and feedback concerning their performance. Interns will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of the operations of the assigned department as well as broad basic skills and industry knowledge. Internships may include extensive public contact. Internships may be an integral part of a team or may require the intern to work more independently. The intern will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have opportunities to network with department leaders and other professionals in the internship field.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Pursuing a college degree in a field relevant to internship or post-secondary vocational/technical training in a trade or craft that is relevant to the internship; GPA of 3.0 or better; prefer a college student in the junior or senior year of the relevant degree program;

Experience: Completion of courses in relevant degree or vocational/technical program; relevant job or volunteer experience;

Or: Any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the internship.

Additional Information

The application process requires you to include:
  • Resume
  • A letter indicating why you are interested in this internship position and to indicate at least three learning goals related to the internship
  • You will also need to include an unofficial school transcript, GPA
  • Provide two references
Internships may be paid or unpaid. If the internship is paid, an hourly rate will be indicated in the listing. Each internship posting will indicate if the position is for-credit or for-pay. Each posting will also indicate if it is open to high school, college-level or graduate-level students. All internship positions will work for 29 hours or less per week.

Check current listings online at: http://www.henricojobs.com/ . Read each current listing carefully for details specific to each internship.

A criminal history record check and fingerprinting is conducted on all persons conditionally offered employment (including as an intern), including a conditional offer of initial employment, or a conditional offer to promote, demote, or laterally transfer an employee.

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