YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) —The Eastern Michigan University Athletic Media Relations Office is in search of organized and reliable student assistants to fill several roles specific to the production of multimedia content throughout the 2021-22 school year. Applicants must be an EMU student that is enrolled at least part-time, which is four credit hours for graduate students and six credit hours for undergraduate students. Positions are available for internship credit, work study, or regular student employment.
While student assistants are not required to choose a specific job position within the office, they are encouraged to express their desired interest when applying. Below is a list of positions the athletics communication office looks to fill during both the Fall and Winter semesters. Hours are determined by the varsity sports schedule and needs of each position. Some hours are also available over academic breaks. (Fall, Winter, Spring, etc.).
GameDay Intern/Sport Contact: Student Assistants will assist with the creation of game day collateral (flip cards/game day programs, game notes), which can include the designing and proofreading. Students will also have the opportunity to write and edit press releases, and maintain historical records (statistics, research, archives). Also, the assistant will assist in game day setup and game day operations, which can include working to learn the various Stat Crew programs and gain statistical knowledge of the various sports sponsored by Eastern’s Athletics Department.
Photography: Student Assistants on the photography team must have prior experience in photography. Owning a personal camera is not required. Student assistants will be working together with the athletics communication office to capture action photos of EMU athletes, coaches, staff, etc. at home contests for the 18 varsity teams.
Social Media & Graphic Design: Eastern Athletics is looking for student assistants with interest and experience in Adobe Photoshop or AfterEffects to design and complete graphics to be used on EMU Athletics social media. Along with students who are interested in helping run social media accounts as well. Office hours will be required for this position.
Creative Video Production: Eastern Athletics is looking for student assistants with interest and experience in Adobe Premiere to assist in the production of recorded videos for social media, including but not limited to; highlight videos after games, player and coach interview videos, and other miscellaneous videos that help promote the teams at EMU. Hired student assistants must have some availability during evenings.
ESPN/Videoboard Crew: Student Assistants on the ESPN/Videoboard team must: remain focused while providing a professional production of Eastern athletic events, be able to communicate well with teammates, and be available before, during, and after events for setup, breakdown, and operation of broadcasting equipment. Applicants do not need any prior knowledge or experience in broadcasting, directing, camera operation or streaming production, however hired student assistants must be willing and able to learn/improve upon the techniques and skills necessary to work in these positions. Broadcasting assistants will be trained in how to operate the equipment including, but not limited to, camera operation, replay, graphics, audio, and directing. Setup for covering athletic events usually occurs 2.5 hours before the start of the game, while breakdown usually completes within 30 minutes after the completion of the contest. Additional hours may be made available for student assistants throughout the year, when needed, to produce recorded content for special events or social media.
ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT – GAMEDAY INTERN/SPORT CONTACT – Click Here to Apply
Athletic Media Relations Student Assistants receive hands-on, real-world experience in the field of athletic communications and media relations. Previous sports information experience as a game-day student worker or journalism experience is required for consideration.
Areas of Responsibility:
- Work directly with communications staff in coverage of one or more sports
- Write weekly previews, feature stories, recaps and produce Q&As for assigned sports
- Update coach and student-athlete biographies
- Update in-season statistics
- Learn statistical programs for assigned sports (i.e. Statcrew/NCAA Live Stats)
- Submit weekly athlete-of-the-week nominations to conference office for assigned sports
- Post articles and update statistics on EMUEagles.com
- Staff events for assigned sports
- Write feature articles and conduct Q&As for game programs as assigned
- Assist with revenue sport game staffing as assigned
- Current EMU undergraduate student
- Previous athletic communications or journalism experience
- Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
- Strong interest in a career in sports
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Previous writing experience
- Statistical experience
- Receive hands-on experience working with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, and members of the media
- Develop communications and public relations skills necessary to obtain a post-graduate position in athletic communications
- Networking opportunities
- Incentive program
ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANT – SOCIAL MEDIA/GRAPHIC DESIGN/CREATIVE VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY – Click Here to Apply
Athletic Media Relations Social Media/Graphic Design interns receive hands-on experience in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, and Boxout Sports to design and complete graphics to be used on EMU Athletics social media. Office hours will be required for this position.
Areas of Responsibility:
- Assist with creation of print and digital collateral pieces for use to promote Eastern athletics and various events
- May be asked to develop special graphics for certain events or teams
- Create content (videos, graphics, GIFs, tweets, posts) for multiple programs and social media platforms
- Create or acquire real time content for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and EMUEagles.com
- Other duties as assigned
- Must be a current EMU student
- Ability to think creatively and adhere to brand standards
- Adhere to deadlines set forth by the supervisor with various projects
- Have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at a given time
- Must have a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier and basic design concepts
- Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
- Previous experience with social media, ENG cameras, or DSLR cameras
- Opportunity to gain valuable digital and social media skills
- Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, fans, and members of the media
- Opportunity to see your work posted on a NCAA Division I athletics social media channel
ESPN/VIDEOBOARD – STUDENT ASSISTANTS – Click Here to Apply
Utilizing state of the art production equipment, students will help produce athletic events for ESPN3, ESPN+, EMUEagles.com and the in-arena video boards. Students will be taught a variety of broadcast positions, and gain hands-on experience inside the custom-built broadcast control room and studio inside the Convocation Center.
The broadcasts are mostly student run with the assistance of EMU faculty, staff and distinguished alumni, and other broadcast professionals. We are looking to educate and develop each individual student’s skills and give them an avenue to expand their talents. Possible broadcast roles include: Director, Producer, Technical Director, Audio Technician, Camera Operator, Scorebug Operator, Replay Operator and Graphics Designer/Operator. Students also will have the opportunity to help shoot and edit video packages to be aired during the broadcasts. We are also looking for students who can show more initiative and commitment to move into more independent positions as student producer or assistant engineer.
- Must be a current EMU or Washtenaw Community College student
- Live production knowledge is useful, particularly camera operation, but a strong interest in sports, sports marketing, or production is wanted.
- Students must be able to work nights and weekends. Hours are dependent based on the number of home events each week. Students will be paid per broadcast.
Here is a list to give you an idea of the spectrum of roles that make up a successful broadcast:
- Night/Weekend hours
- Paid work experience
- Hands-on broadcasting experience
- Leadership opportunities
- Academic credit (where qualified as only a very limited number of spaces are made available each semester)
- This is an on-campus job, so crew members are expected to be on-site for their scheduled shift. Trading of shifts with other crew members is also appropriate when things come up.
- Each crew member will manage their per show availability so that a schedule can be made. That availability is up to the student to keep track of before schedules are released.
- Crew members should be dressed appropriately for work at Eastern Michigan University. No ripped clothing, clothing with other college names/logos, sweatpants, concert/band shirts or clothing with offensive or questionable writing, and no tight/revealing/or otherwise inappropriate clothing. Typical attire is jeans, slacks, or shorts when appropriate with a t-shirt, hoodie/sweatshirt. Eastern Michigan University branded clothes are always acceptable.
- Crew members should be able to follow the rules of the control room and equipment for use. In the control room, there is no food or drinks allowed, other than water with a resealable cap. Equipment should be respected, so as not to be damaged.
- Crew members should be able to focus on the task at hand during a production, without being distracted by mobile devices.
- Each crew members should be able to handle themselves in a pressure environment, as our productions are all airing live, and should be able to work and conduct themselves in a team environment as well.