American Junior Golf Association
1980 Sports Club Drive
Braselton, GA 30045
Name: Lauren Shelly
Title: Manager of Recruiting/Special Events
Phone: (770) 868-4200
Type of Organization:
Agency Media Organization Governmental Agency Educational Not-For-Profit Manufacturer, Retailer or Service Other
Major Recommended for Position :
Advertising Public Relations Visual Communications Broadcast Journalism Print Journalism Mass Communications Concentration
$200/week. All tournament-related travel, accommodations, laundry, and meals paid by Association. Staff uniforms provided for all interns (Polo Golf for the men and Polo Sport for the women)
Duties of Intern:
SPRING INTERNSHIP DATES: March - May; SUMMER INTERNSHIP DATES: May - September. Intern position #1. The AJGA is looking for qualified applicants to serve as tournament communications assistants. The interns will travel extensively throughout the United States and will help conduct national junior golf tournaments. Tournament communications assistants are responsible for performing all on-site communications and media relations duties. Interns will prepare each tournament's printed materials (i.e., tournament information, pairings, post-tournament story and agate). Interns are also responsible for tournament photography and distributing tournament results to local and national media (E-mail/fax) as well as updating tournament results on the AJGA's Web site. • Opportunity to build portfolio of writing samples (20-30 stories and news releases) and photography • Opportunity to work closely with local and national media outlets • Potential to position yourself for full-time employment with the AJGA. Of the current 51 full-time employees, 37 completed the internship. Intern position #2. In-house interns will work out of the National Headquarters, which is located 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The AJGA offers in-house intern positions in the following departments: Human Resource Department functions: Constantly improving and monitoring staff welfare, producing an enjoyable work environment as well as maintaining the AJGA culture. Manage the recruitment and hiring of all full-time staff members as well as seasonal employees. Administrate all benefits and properly educate staff. Effectively conduct and organize the planning of all AJGA annual events. Maintain the facade and interior of the Association's Headquarters. Oversee purchasing efforts. Finance Department functions: Preserves the financial welfare of the AJGA. Monitors and manages all revenue and expenses through setting policies, procedures and budgets on an individual tournament and overall basis. Communications Department functions: Media Relations. Publications, marketing, web site, Information Technology, database creation, tournament communications, graphics, logos and visual presentations. Video projects and photography. Maintain the AJGA history and archives. Aids the entire staff in the general area of preparing information for dissemination to the public. IT provides an environment that will help each person achieve their daily tasks, making sure computers, e-mail and networks are up and running. The overall presentation of the AJGA comes from the Communications Department. Development Department functions: Develop and maintain strong relationships with Donors and Friends. Continuously solicit funding and support for the Association. Promote initiatives and programs to help advance the AJGA on a progressively upward agenda that meets the needs of its members and the American Junior Golf Association. Player Services Department functions: Responsible for the needs of the AJGA¹s customers, including players, parents, coaches, prospective players, other junior golf organizations as well as the AJGA staff. Functions also includes mailings, the processing of membership applications, tournament/qualifier applications, and tournament/qualifier fields. Tournament Operations Department functions: Responsible for planning, coordinating, conducting and maintaining equipment for the AJGA¹s national tournaments. Interact and develop relationships amongst the players, parents, coaches, sponsors, Tournament Chairmen, host facility, golf staff, local community, scoreboard graphics artists, Senior Rules officials and volunteers. Conducts in-house educational seminars in order to be proficient in the Rules of Golf. Regional Directors functions: Further develop relationships with state, regional and local golf associations and PGA Sections. Identify, create and enhance competitive opportunities for juniors. Provide support for existing Tournament Chairmen, tournament committees, championships and venues. Provide information and educational opportunities to juniors, parents and college coaches. Help promote AJGA initiatives such as its financial assistance program - The ACE Grant. Sponsorship Department functions: Raising over 60 percent of the AJGA¹s income through corporate sponsorships. Junior-Am fundraising. All corporate representation.
Skills Required for Internship:
QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS: • Basic golf knowledge (Rules of Golf experience a plus) • Experience in sports information, media relations or with a newspaper • Excellent news writing and editing skills, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines • Working knowledge of PC computers (Microsoft Word, Access, Dreamweaver experience preferred) • Ability to work and communicate in a team atmosphere • Photography experience a plus • Published media clips • Highly motivated • Willingness to work long hours in hot/cold weather and endure physical situations such as heavy lifting • Ability to drive and operate company vans & trailers • Clean driving record • Willingness to take active leadership role • Excellent communication and public relations skills REQUIREMENTS: • Basic golf knowledge • Experience in sports information, media relations or with a newspaper • Excellent news writing and editing skills, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Dreamweaver • Ability to work and communicate for long hours in a team atmosphere, willingness to take active leadership role • Possess the stamina and will to work long hours with physical lifting of tournament equipment • Clean driving record (will learn to drive van and trailer) • Photography experience a plus • Published media clips WEEKLY STIPEND: $200 (All tournament-related expenses paid by Association) TO APPLY: Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, three-year driving record and three published writing samples (AP Style/news writing). Applications for the spring internship will be accepted until the position is filled. Deadlines for the summer internship (eight positions available) are December 1 (priority deadline) and January 19 (final deadline). Visit www.ajga.org/jobs for all details and to apply.