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About this role:
Position Timeframe: February – July 2024
Location: Newport Country Club | Newport, RI
Are you looking to join a dynamic team who works together to promote and conserve the true spirit of the game of golf? The U.S. Senior 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 44th U.S. Senior Open Championship will be held at Newport Country Club, one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. As the host site of four previous USGA Championships, including the inaugural U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, Newport Country Club is rooted in USGA history. 2024 will be the first time NCC hosts the U.S. Senior Open and will provide a premier backdrop for the best golfers in the world (ages 50+).
What you'll do:
Working on the operations team, you will experience a fast-paced work environment. The intern must have the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks at once. Each day brings new challenges, and the intern must have top-notch organizational and communication skills. The intern will find themselves working in a typical office environment as well as significant work done in exterior environments. The ability to handle physical tasks such as lifting boxes and manual labor, as well as spending extensive time in the sun should be expected. In the weeks leading up to the championship, the intern will work at least 40-hour 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. Senior Open Championship is a tremendous first step for a career in the fields of special event management and professional sports.
The Operations Intern will assist with all operational aspects of the 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship, including advance set-up, championship week responsibilities, and post-championship breakdown.
This internship is in-person and the intern will report the USGA office at Newport Country Club on a daily basis. This is a competitively paid position which contains overtime. The Intern is responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the office.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:
- Assist USGA staff with the preparation and setup of on-site facilities (i.e., corporate hospitality, media center, vendor compounds, volunteer village, office trailers, etc.).
- Work with the USGA staff on the inventory and distribution of operational equipment (tables and chairs, drink stands, furniture, office equipment, water coolers, etc.).
- Take the lead as point person for specific vendors and oversee their progress during the facility construction and tear-down processes.
- Assist vendors and USGA staff with tear-down and clean-up procedures following the completion of the championship.
- Work with USGA staff on installation and removal of championship signage.
- Provide USGA staff with administrative office support.
- Assist other USGA departments with support, as necessary.
What you bring:
- Able to work long and strenuous hours (40 – 70+ hour work weeks) including holidays and weekends.
- Able to lift heavy items (50+ lbs.) such as, tables, chairs, copiers, coolers, etc.
- Must remain flexible with an ever-changing environment.
- Able to think logically and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively express ideas and interact with a wide array of individuals in an exemplary manner consistent with USGA values.
- General computer literacy (Outlook, Excel, Word, Publisher, etc.).
- Able to assemble, disassemble, repair, or modify structures and work with various tools and equipment (including but not limited to saws, drills, hammers, nails, screwdrivers, paint sprayers, box cutters, knives, motor vehicles/trucks/golf carts, etc.).
- Ensure a neat, clean, and safe work environment by cleaning work areas and discarding materials in the proper manner.
- Compliance with all USGA safety and operations policies, procedures, and practices.
- Prior experience in golf tournament operations is preferred.
- Exceptional work ethic.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Intern may perform other duties as assigned.
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
What the USGA brings:
- Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, including a zero cost medical plan offered for all full-time employees
- Suite of programs to promote physical, emotional, and financial well-being
- Off-site team building events
- Professional development opportunities
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, N.J., is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.