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The U.S. Women’s Open Championship internship is a great way to gain valuable experience in sports management. Whether you work in Championship Administration or Operations, you will gain valuable experience and see firsthand how an exemplary golf championship is conducted.
The 79th U.S Women’s Open Championship in 2024 will be held at Lancaster Country Club which will be hosting its’ second U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Located in Lancaster, PA, Lancaster Country Club will provide a true test of golf for some of the best female players in the world.
About this role:
- The Championship Administration Intern will assist with the Volunteer Program, Community Relations and administrative duties of the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, including advance preparation/set-up, championship week responsibilities and post-championship breakdown.
The Championship Office is a fast-paced working environment. The Intern must have the ability to work under pressure and handle many tasks at one time. Each day brings new challenges and the Intern must bring top-notch organizational and communication skills. Daily, the Intern will find themselves working in a typical office environment, but significant work will be done in exterior environments as well. The ability to handle physical tasks such as lifting boxes and manual labor may be required at times. In the weeks leading up to the Championship, the Intern will work at least 40hour work weeks; however, as we grow closer to the championship, work weeks will lengthen to 60+ hours and will include weekends and holidays. An internship with the United States Golf Association and the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open Championship is a tremendous first step for a career in the fields of special event management and professional sports.
This internship is based in Lancaster, PA and is a competitively paid position, with eligibility for overtime and a housing stipend. This internship will begin in October 2023, and run through June 2024.
What you'll do:
- Volunteer Program
- Assisting with volunteer training including: organizing training session materials and credential packets, volunteer handbooks, and the distribution of volunteer credentials along with other important information;
- Managing the concerns, questions and requests of volunteers before and during the championship;
- Assisting Committee Chairs with their responsibilities including: volunteer scheduling, site visits and managing volunteer committees;
- Setting up, organizing and tearing down volunteer areas on championship grounds.
- Marketing and Community Relations
- Attend trophy tour events in the local market.
- Deliver promotional materials to local community groups.
- Engage with local partners in promoting the championship to their various stakeholders.
- Assist with member relations at Lancaster CC and attend member events to generate championship awareness.
- Administrative Tasks
- Answering phones, preparing mailings, opening incoming mail, UPS shipping/receiving;
- Assisting with the creation of various correspondences including letters, emails and the Volunteer Newsletter;
- Keeping the Championship Office neat, clean and organized.
- Special Projects
- Organizing the exchange and distribution of volunteer apparel.
- Organizing and preparing for credential distribution.
- Planning and carrying out volunteer incentives
Where you'll be:
- This role will be based at our Championship Administration office in Lancaster, PA. This internship will begin in October 2023, and run through June 2024.
What you bring:
- Ability to work long and strenuous hours (40 – 60+ hour work weeks)
- Effective communication with a wide variety of individuals involved in a national championship
- Resourceful, presentable, courteous, friendly and organized
- Good follow-up skills and ability to handle issues quickly and calmly
- Ability to work independently and support the team, while working well under pressure
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software – above average knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Publisher
- Demonstrated ability to follow and execute detailed plans – able to anticipate and analyze problems and provide logical solutions
What the USGA brings:
- Suite of programs to promote physical, emotional, and financial well-being
- Off-site team building events
- Professional development opportunities
The USGA is an equal opportunity employer. Our organization believes we are stronger by embracing our diverse backgrounds and perspectives, promoting equity so all teammates can excel and grow in their careers, and fostering experiences to drive inclusion in our workplace and game. Golf is a game for everyone, and you are always welcome.