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Intern - Athletic Communications
About the University
Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance, as well as 12 official holidays and a choice of retirement programs.
About the College/Department
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Arkansas sponsors 19 varsity sports programs (eight men’s and 11 women’s). These 19 programs include more than 460 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). As the only mascot of its kind in college athletics, the Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as Hogs, compete in the NCAA’s Division I (FBS in football) and are a current member of the Southeastern Conference in the Western Division. The mission of the Razorback Athletic Department is to assist in the development of student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics.
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Summary of Job Duties
The Athletic Communications Intern is a 12-month paid internship within the University of Arkansas Athletics Department. The primary responsibilities are to assist the Arkansas Communications Office and others in the operation of image building to positively impact and elevate the Arkansas Razorback brand. In addition, the position will support the Arkansas Communications Office in communications-related and reputation management areas, which include the following:
- Provide support in developing communications strategies that will broaden visibility and reach and enhance the brand of assigned sports
- Track media relations efforts, media coverage, competition coverage, social media, communication and events to promote a positive brand image
- Research and write fact sheets, briefing documents, press releases, media alerts, social media and other related content
Media and Messaging
- Work with staff to ensure powerful messaging and brand consistency across communications vehicles, including ArkansasRazorbacks.com, email, collateral materials and social media
- Assist in guiding the strategic and consistent use of opportunities for the program including developing and maintaining relationships with local and national media
- Assist Associate and Assistant Directors of Communications on communications-related opportunities and strategies as assigned
- Provide collateral support in drafting, editing, proofing, fact-checking, securing photos, etc.
- Contribute creatively in meetings to develop new concepts and approaches
- Provide support in proactively promoting members of assigned sports for post-season awards
- Staff and assist in communications efforts at all competitive events for assigned sports and other sports as assigned
- Assist in the management of student workers in the Communications office
The position also includes substantial responsibilities for the maintenance of the department’s official website, ArkansasRazorbacks.com, including writing game stories, advances and features, coordinating interview requests, producing publications, the production of game notes and game programs and game-day operations as well as other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
- Experience in using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization’s core messages
- Associated Press-style writing skills and proficiency in layout and design software (Photoshop and InDesign)
- General understanding of several sports
Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)?
If yes, please specify
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or a related field
- Prior experience in a collegiate sports information environment
- Familiarity with statistical software (The Automated Scorebook, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
- Superb strategy, writing, editing, and communications skills
- Ability to both work independently and take direction from others, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
- Collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, professional demeanor and enthusiastic attitude
Physical activities associated with this position
The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.
20 hours per week (schedule may vary based on need, including early mornings, weekends, and evenings)
Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.
Fayetteville Campus - Athletic Department
Commensurate with education and experience
Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check?
Does this position require a background check?
If yes, please specify
- Criminal background check
- Sex offender registry check
Does this position require a substance abuse test?
Pre-employment Screening Requirements
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Posting Detail Information
Future Open Date
Open Until Filled
Anticipated Start Date
Anticipated End Date (for hourly postings)
Recruitment Contact Information
University of Arkansas Human Resources
All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact
Special Instructions Summary
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number).
222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.