So you dream about working in sports? You want to be the next Erin Andrews or Bob Costa? You aren’t going to make it there overnight. Auburn Athletics offers students an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in the wild world of sports.
Auburn Athletics Media Relations offers yearlong student assistant positions to Auburn students from various majors. The assistantship gives students a chance to interact with local and national media and gain experience working in media relations in one of the top collegiate media relations departments in the country.
“I’m assigned to the equestrian team,” Bolin said. “I interview and write features on the team. I plan to work in sports once I graduate. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and network for potential jobs.”
Students are either assigned to a full-time Sports Information Director or to certain sports. Students are required to clock 10-15 office hours per week, completing various tasks from event previews, stats research and other clerical work.
“I’m assigned to men’s and women’s tennis as well as swimming and diving,” said intern Mercedes Linton. “I write press releases, update athletes biographies and interviews.”
Students are also assigned to staff all Auburn Athletics events from football post-practice interviews to gymnastics meets to volleyball matches. During various events, interns are responsible for a wide variety of tasks from keeping stats, running box scores to media covering events to post-game interviews.
Once leaving their internship, students have made amazing contacts, valuable experience and writing samples that can take them far in life. Former interns now work for other college athletic departments, minor league baseball teams and public firms.
“It’s a great way to gain amazing experience working not only in sports but media relations itself,” Linton said. “It’s a lot of work, but you gain so much out of it.”