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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association - seeking to fill up to three (3) unpaid internship


The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is seeking to fill up to three (3) unpaid internship positions to assist in the league’s public relations and communications efforts for the 2015-16 season. Interns will join the nation’s premier college hockey conference, assisting WCHA staff in promoting the teams, student-athletes, coaches and institutions of both the men’s and women’s WCHA.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/HOCKEY COMMUNICATIONS INTERNS (TWO POSITIONS)
Responsibilities
·         Assist in compiling, writing and editing WCHA press releases and other material for publication (weekly press notes, Players of the Week, weekend preview capsules, etc.)
·         Create content (graphics, tweets and posts) for WCHA social media platforms
·         Assist with weekend game-night social media duties, including live-tweeting, content gathering and interaction/engagement
·         Monitor and compile media coverage (via traditional outlets and social media platforms) related to the WCHA and its member institutions
·         Complete research projects as assigned
·         Assist in planning and implementation of initiatives related to the 2016 WCHA Final Five and Final Face-Off championship tournaments
·         Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment
·         Required minimum of eight (8) hours of work per week at the WCHA Conference Office in Edina, Minn.
·         Willingness to work occasional weekend hours, assisting in social media duties

Basic Qualifications
·         Must be at least 18 years old and either currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a two- or four-year college or university
·         Previous athletic communications, sports information or journalism experience
·         Knowledge of hockey (sport-specific statistics, rules, protocol, etc.)
·         Strong interest in a career in sports

Additional/Desired Qualifications
·         Good verbal and written communication skills
·         Previous writing and/or social media experience
·         Basic knowledge or understanding of InDesign and Photoshop

Benefits
·         Receive hands-on experience working in a conference office for an NCAA Division I sport
·         Opportunity to work as integral part of a small team, developing valuable skills in the areas of public relations, communications and social media
·         Opportunity to gain hands-on exposure to all elements of a conference tournament



GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN (ONE POSITION)
Responsibilities
·         Adhering to the WCHA Brand Style Guide, create graphics and other visual assets that enhance the conference brand via digital, social media and printed platforms. Graphics may include, but are not limited to:
o   Standard WCHA graphics templates, to be shared with all member institutions
o   Infographics in support of weekly press notes
o   Graphics celebrating WCHA Players of the Week, national monthly award winners, postseason honorees, professional hockey accomplishments or other such accolades
o   Graphics promoting WCHA initiatives such as WCHA.tv, and the 2016 WCHA Final Five and Final Face-Off championship tournaments
·         Assist in creating additional and complementary content for WCHA social media platforms
·         Assist in planning and implementation of initiatives related to the 2016 WCHA Final Five and Final Face-Off championship tournaments
·         Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment
·         Required minimum of four (4) hours of work per week, either at the WCHA Conference Office in Edina, Minn. or remotely

Basic Qualifications
·         Must be at least 18 years old and either currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a two- or four-year college or university
·         Demonstrated skills in InDesign, Photoshop and/or similar design programs
·         Possess an interest or background in sports

Benefits
·         Receive hands-on experience working in a conference office for an NCAA Division I sport
·         Opportunity to take lead role in creating assets for a variety of platforms, from digital to print

To apply for either position, please send a résumé and brief cover letter to Samantha Stevenson, WCHA Coordinator, at sstevenson@wcha.com.

For more information on the WCHA, please visit wcha.com.