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United Social Sports
951 V St, NE
Posted: October 17 2016
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DescriptionCollege Internship Program
Who We Are!
United Social Sports is DC’s largest lifestyle community with nearly 45,000 annual participants in 2016. Our mission is to help people connect socially and play more often! To accomplish that mission we organize social sport leagues, host special events, and increasingly promote news and information that helps our members stay active! From Kickball leagues to tubing trips and bar crawls to new year’s eve parties, USS holds a unique place in the fabric of the city. With portions of our league dating back to 2004 we have over a decade of experience creating incredible experiences for our members and strong relationships with our partners.
To accomplish all we do we have pulled together an amazing team of individuals with an eclectic background in marketing, sports management, community development, business administration, and event planning. Interning at USS will give you the opportunity to have direct hands on experience and mentorship in a way that other internships just aren’t able to provide.
We look forward to you joining our team!
The Internship Program
Most students will complete a 400 hour internship to satisfy graduation requirements. This equates to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Some students will need to stay longer and some will have shorter practicum requirements with less time commitment. These cases will be addressed individually; however, the majority of students will follow the 10 week model.
Students will be broken into four specific areas of specialization: League Operations(League/Sport Managers), Marketing, Events/Sponsorships, and Business Administration. There will also be several areas of the business that each position will get exposed to, but will not be the focus of their internship. On top of their daily activities and exposure, they will be given projects in their areas of interest. Projects vary in nature, but could include: commercial production, social media outlets, Special Event management, etc. Below is a brief description of each position:
Students will select one of the areas of concentration: League Operations, Marketing/promotions/advertising, Events/Tournaments/Partnerships/Sponsorships, Business admin
ResponsibilitiesStudents will be broken into four specific areas of specialization: League Operations(League/Sport Managers), Marketing, Events/Sponsorships, and Business Administration. There will also be several areas of the business that each position will get exposed to, but will not be the focus of their internship. On top of their daily activities and exposure, they will be given projects in their areas of interest. Projects vary in nature, but could include: commercial production, social media outlets, Special Event management, etc. Below is a brief description of each position:
Students will select one of the areas of concentration:
League Operations -- Students will work directly with an assigned sports coordinator. These coordinators are responsible for the operations of all sports leagues, social leagues, tournaments, and other special league events. The sports include Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, Kickball, Softball and more. The social sports include Bocce, Cornhole, Skeeball, Multi-sports, and Shuffleboard. They will be immersed in the scheduling and execution of these programs including the league management software. In addition they will have hands on experience in the preparation and execution of the leagues as a whole. Including but not limited to; league t shirts, trophies, equipment preparation, and more!
Events/Tournaments/Partnerships-- Students will work alongside the Manager developing event strategies (player and non-player events,) planning and execution of events, identifying potential sponsors, retention and relationship management of current sponsors, special event management, and more.
Business Administration -- Students will learn the administrative details of a social sports business, including human resources (staff recruitment, hiring, firing, records, etc.), payroll, profit and loss reports, guest management, and inter office communications.
Marketing -- Students will work alongside the Manager developing Marketing strategies, allocating marketing dollars for different media outlets, developing ads, creating social media promotions and more.
Interns will focus on the following:
Undergo orientation and training about United Social Sport and its history/mission
Gain experience working in their desired department
Identify and execute a project that advances their knowledge of the concentration area
Understanding of the processes for their area of concentration for United Social Sports (planning to execution)
Assist their mentor with research, project/event planning, and the execution of tasks
RequirementsRecreation Management coursework
Currently attending college