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Western Washington University Athletic Department Internship Program

About the Department

Internships within Western Washington University Athletics offer a unique opportunity to work within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletic to promote Viking Athletics. The interns act as liaisons between the Department of Athletics and various campus and community groups, faculty, staff, and local corporate sponsors. Through the process of working with these groups, the interns for Western Athletics are involved in a number of exciting events and activities in and around the campus and throughout the community. The Athletic Department internships provide students with an invaluable experience that will benefit the pursuit of a career in any field. Serving as an intern within the Western Athletic Department is a unique opportunity to be directly involved in the game day activities at Viking sporting events including basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer. These positions offered enable students to gain experience interacting face to face with a variety of people, thinking creatively, and solving problems quickly, all in a fun, professional environment.

The Western Washington University Athletic Department considers their interns a vital component in the success of the overall department. The efforts and contributions of the interns are heavily depended upon; therefore, it is essential that all interns commit to the program for the entire 2014/2015 academic year. Each of the internships offered through the Western's athletic department are paid internships, but more importantly, Western Washington University Athletic department promises one the best hands on experience within University Athletics.

This year the marketing department is looking to fill multiple positions: Viking Sports Game-Day Entertainer Intern, Blue Crew/Promotions Intern, Game-Day Sports/Events Photography Intern. and Events/Game-Day Staff . Other available positions include: Viking Game day Music/Sound Position. Each of the Western Washington University Athletic internships requires interns to attend all sporting events throughout the year. These internships are designed for the 2014/2015 academic school year starting September 2014 and ending in June 2015. Each internship opportunity varies significantly in areas of responsibility and are further outlined below.


Viking Sports Game-Day Entertainer Intern

Details of Position

Game Day Interns will present themselves at standards that represent WWU Athletics. Interns must be able to lift at least 25 pounds. This is a three quarter position with a heavy focus in the Fall and Winter quarters. This position requires availability to work all home athletic events. Office hours will vary on what work needs to be done or if you are asked to come in. The position holder may be asked to work more or less hours then previously listed depending on needs in the office or during busy game day weeks.

Contribute as an active WWU Athletics Intern team member by:

  • Actively help with the promotions team during time outs and half time.
  • Assist with pre-game organizing of items needed for the promotions used in that game.
  • Assist with post-game clean up responsibilities with promotional items and other areas as instructed.
  • Ability to help other interns with their specific jobs during games and office hours.
  • Ability to self-motivate and being friendly in a close work environment

Game Day Responsibilities

  • Help improve atmosphere through the use of games, giveaways, contests, trivia, music, videos, graphics, etc.
  • Assist with promotional plan for all home athletic events
  • Assist with coordination of all in-game programming
  • Assist with halftime talent and national anthem performers
  • Assist with executing all in-game promotions (i.e. T-shirt toss, shooting contests, prize distribution
  • Assist with coordination of team mascot appearances and game-day activities
  • Assist with execution of all sponsorship in-game/pre-game activities
  • Assist with coordination of all Blue Crew activities
  • Assist other WWU interns with their responsibilities
  • Assist WWU Athletic marketing staff with various projects involving research and design
  • Other responsibilities assigned

Blue Crew/Promotions Intern

Details of Position


This is a three quarter position with a heavy focus in the fall and winter quarters. This position requires availability to work all home athletic events with varying office hours depending on needs. In this position you will be required to be self-motivated and work independently in a fast paced environment. The Viking Vault frequently experiences long lines requiring the position holder to be able to effectively distribute prize material while displaying a positive attitude and passion for sports. The Blue Crew/Promotions Intern acts as a liaison between the athletic department and the student body and in order to uphold a positive image of WWU Athletics, the position holder must be personable with strong communication skills.

Contribute as an active WWU Athletics Intern team member by:

  • Actively help with the promotions team for the duration of home athletic events.
  • Assist with pre-game organizing of promotional material.
  • Assist with post game clean up responsibilities as instructed.
  • Ability to help other interns with specific jobs during games and office hours.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work in a fast paced team oriented environment.

Viking Vault:

  • Set up and take down of Blue Crew Viking Vault
  • Distribute prize items to students on game days
  • Interact with student body and fans at athletic events
  • Display a friendly, positive attitude towards all fans
  • Interact with corporate sponsors

Game-Day Sports/Events Photography Intern

Details of Position


This is a full academic year position. Must have the proper equipment and ability to take photographs during WWU Athletic events and shoot photos for multiple athletics teams. The position must also have the ability to manage and organize photos which will then be used for the athletics website, flyers, newsletters, posters, social media and many other WWU Athletics promotional materials. This position requires availability to work all home athletic events with varying office hours depending on needs. This position requires that one must be comfortable in a fast moving environment and work place. An enthusiasm for athletics is encouraged. The position holder must also be able to work independently during games. A portfolio of previous works is required and must be turned in with cover letter and resume.


Events/Game-Day Staff

Details of Position:
This position requires an energetic, friendly person with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with others (fans, children, parents, etc.). In this position you will be required to be self-motivated and work independently in a fast paced environment. The Events/Game Day Staff will present themselves at standards that represent Western Washington Athletics. This position must be able to lift at least 25lbs in order to assist with set-up and clean-up.

Contribute as an active WWU Athletics Intern team member by:

  • Assist with pre-game organizing
  • Assist with post-game clean up responsibilities with promotional items and other areas as instructed.
  • Ability to help other interns with their specific jobs during games.
  • Ability to self-motivate and being friendly in a close work environment
  • Interact with student body and fans at athletic events.
  • Display a friendly, positive attitude towards all fans.

Please submit a cover letter and your resume to Carver 100 Attn: Katie Rothenberg no later than June 5th at 2:30 pm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katie at katie.rothenberg@wwu.edu Phone: 360-650-4314