The USGA is a mission-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to unify the game, showcase the best talent in golf, provide impartial governance and advance our impact on critical issues such as sustainability, accessibility and inclusion. We conduct the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open and 13 other national championships at America’s iconic golf venues. The USGA’s headquarters is located in Liberty Corner, N.J., with a new satellite Golf House Pinehurst campus scheduled to open in Dec. 2023. For more, visit usga.org.
About this role:
Position Timeframe: January 8 – July 26, 2024
Are you interested in joining a dynamic team that is an integral part of the USGA? The U.S. Open Championship internship is a great way to gain valuable experience in sports management. Whether you work in Merchandising, Operations or Will Call, you will gain valuable experience and see firsthand how an exemplary golf championship is run.
The 124th U.S. Open Championship will be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina. This will be the fourth U.S. Open Championship hosted by Pinehurst. The famed No.2 course has held a variety of Majors that include the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and three U.S. Men’s Amateurs. The last time the U.S. Open Championship took place at Pinehurst was in 2014 and that year, it was held back-to-back with the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time in History! Pinehurst is also the site of one of the most famous finishes in major Championship history when Payne Stewart made a putt on the 18th green to defeat Phil Mickelson by 1 shot in 1999. In 2020, Pinehurst was selected by the USGA to be one of three “anchor sites” for the U.S. Open Championships, further increasing its footprint on the history of golf.
What you'll do:
The Long-Term Operations Administrative intern assists the United States Golf Association with the operations of the 2024 U.S. Open Championship, including advance set-up, Championship week responsibilities and post-Championship breakdown. This is a paid internship with a monthly housing stipend. Candidates are eligible for overtime pay.
Working at the U.S. Open, you will experience a fast-paced work environment. The successful candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks at one time. Each day brings new challenges, and this position requires top-notch organizational and communication skills. In this position, the Operations Administrative intern will typically work in an office environment as well as outdoors as required at the course. The Operations Administrative intern must have the ability to handle physical tasks such as lifting boxes and furniture and perform manual labor; spending extensive time in the sun and/or inclement weather should be expected. The weeks leading up to the Championship will require at least (40) hour work weeks and as the Championship grows closer, working hours will lengthen to (80+) hours and will include weekends.
The Operations Administrative intern assists the United States Golf Association field operations staff with the day-to-day administrative tasks in the 2024 U.S. Open Operations field office.
Essential Job Functions Include:
- Assist USGA staff with the preparation and set-up of on-site facilities (i.e., corporate hospitality, media center, vendor compounds, volunteer village, office trailers, etc.)
- Assist the operations team with billing and financial tracking of orders, create purchase orders and track received invoices throughout the duration of the internship
- File all operational paperwork, handle incoming calls and incoming/outgoing mail
- Take and distribute accurate notes for all operations vendor meetings and assist with the coordination of vendor arrivals to the site
- Help to maintain accurate Championship equipment lists
- Maintain office supplies and equipment and replenish as necessary
- Becoming one of the primary points of contact of the 20 hired short-term interns with support of Operations Management
- Point of contact for certain vendors to coordinate their work on site.
- Provide USGA staff with administrative office support
- Assist other U.S. Open departments with support, as necessary
- Intern may perform other duties as assigned.
Where you'll be:
This role is based at our Pinehurst, NC headquarters.
What you bring:
- Exceptional organizational skills, leadership capabilities and work ethic
- Able to work long and strenuous hours (40 - 80+ hour work weeks) including holidays and weekends
- 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
- Able to work well under pressure and assume full responsibility for projects
- Able to lift heavy items (up to 50lbs), while practicing Safe Lifting and/or with the assistance of others.
- Above average computer literacy (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.)
- Compliance with all USGA safety and operations policies, procedures, and practices
- Basic accounting knowledge and experience is a plus.
Successfully hired candidates must complete a mandatory OSHA 10-Hour safety course.
What the USGA brings:
- Off-site team building events
- Professional development opportunities
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.