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Marketing Internship Opportunity At HQ

USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City, Fla., has a marketing internship opportunity available for the spring of 2014. The internship will tentatively run from January through May.

USA Water Ski

Created in 1939 as a non-profit organization, USA Water Ski promotes water skiing in the United States. Affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States, USA Water Ski governs nine sport discipline organizations, including:

* American Water Ski Association                              
* National Show Ski Association    
* National Collegiate Water Ski Association                          
* USA Wakeboard                                                   
* American Barefoot Club    
* National Water Ski Racing Association                       
* American Kneeboard Association                              
* United States Hydrofoil Association
* Water Skiers with Disabilities Association



The primary focus of the internship is to support and assist in the efforts of three major areas of the USA Water Ski headquarters operation:

1.  Marketing and communicating the organization's assets to members and partners

2.  Marketing program development initiatives aimed at growing member base

3.  Marketing and promoting USA Water Ski sanctioned events

The Intern(s) will assist with research and development of events within all nine disciplines, work with existing programs, research and development of new initiatives, provide customer service to the community, and other tasks that contribute to the growth of USA Water Ski membership base in the United States. For the right candidate(s), there is the opportunity to work in the development of social media platforms.

Benefits to Intern:

This is a unique experience for the right candidate(s) to gain insight and on-the-job experience while working for a national governing body.

•    Learn how a small not-for-profit NGB operates and manages its affairs

•    Assist in developing skills in event management, administration, marketing, and social media

•    Assist with development and distribution of nationally distributed materials

•    Gain knowledge of sports program management at both the national, regional and local levels

•    Have access to professionals in the areas of marketing, communications, events, development, finance, human resources and fundraising


Provide support for the marketing, communications, membership, program development and event staff in the development and management of events such as tournaments, camps, clinics, and educator workshops. 

•     Assist in the creation of marketing materials

•     Assist in the creation of promotional materials for new member outreach

•     Assist in the creation of materials and kits for the collegiate sport discipline

•    Assist in the creation of other development materials used by coaches, members and volunteers to start new programs and improve those already in existence

•     Assist in the growth of USA Water Ski’s presence through social media

•     Provide support with office administrative tasks

•    Respond to membership inquiries and provide information and resources as requested

•     Other duties as assigned

Percentage of Duties:

25% - Customer service by email, phone and in person contact
; 40% - Marketing and social media development
; 15% - Event and initiative support; 
20% - All other duties as assigned


This internship is expected to start in January 2014 and continue through May 2014. Interns must be attending a U.S. college or university and be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement for their degree, in order to be considered. This is a part-time internship at 20 hours per week. Actual start and end dates are flexible. Business marketing, communications, public relations and sports management majors are encouraged to apply. We will consider other majors with strong sports and non-profit experience and interest.


•    Standard Office Equipment

•    Microsoft Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook

•    Proficiency with modern-day social media channels


•    Office environment, single story on a lake

•    Nine full-time employees

•    Work schedule is flexible with a minimum of 20 hours per week required

•    Assisting with some weekend events is required

•    This is an unpaid internship
If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: marketing@usawaterski.org.  
















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