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SPORT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP INFORMATION
Collegiate Summer Baseball at Historic Fleming Stadium
2005 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year
2015/2017/2019 Internship Placement Site Honorary Award Winner
The Wilson Tobs are currently seeking enthusiastic internship candidates for the Summer, Fall, and Spring season. The Wilson Tobs are an original member of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league certified by Major League Baseball and the NCAA. The Tobs play at Historic Fleming Stadium, a Wilson landmark, that functions as a year-round event venue with events at the high school and collegiate level during the Summer, Fall, and Spring seasons.
The Tobs are looking for current undergraduate and graduate students in sport management, Media Production, or related fields, that are serious about a career in professional or amateur team sports. If you are a successful candidate, you will get the opportunity to gain practical experience in multiple areas of team operations, including sales, marketing, promotions, stadium operations, ticketing, merchandizing, public relations and management. You will be working directly with general manager, Mike Bell, who finished his 9th year with the program. In addition to working with an already experienced front office staff, you will have the chance to work indirectly with President Greg Suire, a veteran of 15 seasons of Minor & Collegiate League Baseball management. What does this mean to a potential intern? It means that Tobs’ management understands what skills and experience are needed to succeed in this business. You will be challenged with a variety of responsibilities designed not only to ensure the success of the Tobs, but also to impress hiring officials with teams, leagues and organizations in the future. It also assures you, upon successful completion of your internship, with experienced mentors who can assist you with the advancement of your career.
This will not be your typical internship. The Tobs organization is committed to making our interns an integral and equal part of our operation. Considering our small staff, you will be relied upon to provide insight and to make decisions regarding all aspects of the operation. Your opinion will be solicited and your ideas will be welcomed. You will oversee a special area of responsibility that will permit you some autonomy in its operation, with guidance and support from the General Manager, Assistant General Manager, and Director of Group Sales & Operations. As an intern with the Tobs, you will work hard for a significant amount of hours during each season.
During the time you are an intern with the Wilson Tobs, you will experience first-hand all aspects of the operation of a baseball team. The practices of our organization closely resemble those of all minor league teams, and, on a smaller scale, most major league and intercollegiate sports organizations. The skills you will acquire will be easily transferable to any sports field in which you desire to work. At the end of your experience, you may feel that you worked harder in those few months than at any other time in your life. However, you will be rewarded with significant practical experience, the positive sensation of a successfully completed season and new friendships among your fellow staff members, ballpark employees and fans that will stay with you and be very beneficial to your future success.
All Interns will assist in the following areas:
- Promotional Implementation - You will assist with creation and implementation of promotional events at selected home games.
- Event Operations - You will assist in set up and operation for Fleming Stadium for each game night.
- Community Outreach & Social Media Marketing - You will assist in grassroots marketing of the Wilson Tobs throughout the community, including: delivering pocket schedules and ticket information to area businesses, assisting with displays and information distribution at area events, supporting speaking engagements, and interacting with game night sponsors. Additionally, you will utilize all forms of social media to help promote the organization and encourage community involvement.
- Front Office Administration - Yes, you will have to answer the phones, make copies, stuff programs with inserts, send out mailers, etc.
- Group Outings & Ticket Sales - The Tobs offer various group packages including discounted tickets, pregame picnics, birthday parties, field-of-dreams little league promotion, etc and you will assist with the operation of this program. This sales experience will provide you with an important advantage over other full-time job seekers in the future.
- Other Organizational Operations - We have a philosophy that no one, from the general manager down to the batboys, is ever allowed to say, “That’s not my job.” There will be a variety of projects and tasks that will surface and we will all have to pitch in and get them done.
Individual Areas of Responsibilities
The following are the specific job duties and positions that are available as internships for the 2019 season:
(1) Athletic Training (Spring & Summer)
Interns will work side by side with a registered orthopaedic physician & athletic trainer. This position requires them to be available to work every Wilson Tobs home game and practice during the season. Must be able to learn, treat, track, and monitor 40 college baseball players and coaches.
Stadium Operation interns will assist and control management of game day staff, set-up and breakdown of stadium daily, and set up for promotion events. Interns are also responsible for maintaining the ballpark, orders, deliveries, and assist in inventory management and control. You will learn the ins & outs of the operations business of sports and in this internship will require working outdoors. Interns will also gain experience in sales and will have a large role in all youth and promotional programs (ex: camps). This internship is a great opportunity to get a real understanding of how a sports facility operates. While Fleming Stadium is a smaller venue than a major league, major collegiate, or even a Motorsports facility, its operation is very similar to these venues.
(1) Promotions & Marketing - FILLED
Promotions & Marketing Intern will be focused on in-game promotions and on-field entertainment while assisting in projects that enhance the marketing of the Tobs. This intern will supervise all on-field contests and on-field entertainment, will assist with management of in-game atmosphere, including PA announcements, music, sound effects, etc., will oversee all player and mascot appearances, and will supervise any community relations projects. Additionally, this individual(s) will assist with advertisement placement for the team on television and in newspapers and assist with the coordination of marketing projects in conjunction with the Assistant General Manager for Wilson Tobs Baseball. Knowledge in all aspects and features of Microsoft Office products is required. Graphic design experience is a plus.
Additionally, this intern should be motivated, detail-oriented individual to assist with pre-season marketing projects including, but not limited to: writing, editing and graphic design of organizational publications. This individual will go out into the Community and place Tobs pocket schedules, game day signs and other promotions in place. Also assist with other game day duties. They will also be responsible for handling employee hours, scheduling & staff management.
Video Production & Media Intern (Summer) - FILLED
Ideal candidate needs to be knowledgeable of website navigation, social media marketing, and video design. Interns will be offered the opportunity to travel with the team for away games. Intern will gain experience in interviewing players, coaches, sponsors, etc. to create fan based focused marketing videos. This position will be an important asset to the game day video production and game broadcast. Media relation and video production department will be responsible for set up, video broadcast, social media updates, and recap of each Tobs home games/promotions. Interns will also work closely with the marketing and community relations department to increase media exposure; with a focus on increasing sales, brand awareness and community outreach.
Digital Media & Graphics Intern (Summer) - FILLED
Ideal candidate needs to be knowledgeable of website navigation, graphic design, social media outlets, and social media ad design. Interns will be offered the opportunity to travel with the team for away games. Candidate will participate in our Tobs social media upcoming games campaign prior to every home game gaining experience in interviewing players, coaches, sponsors and others. Media relation department will be responsible for set up, video broadcast, social media updates, and recap of each Tobs home games/promotions. Interns will also work closely with the marketing and community relations department to increase media exposure; with a focus on increasing sales, brand awareness and community outreach. Excellent verbal and written communications skills a must.
Spring 2021 Date Range: February 8 to April 30
Summer 2021 Date Range: May 10 to August 10
Fall 2021 Date Range: August 8 to November 7
How to Apply
If you are serious about a career in the sports industry and are willing to make the commitment it takes to be successful, then send a letter of interest, resume and three references to:
Wilson Tobs Baseball