Internships

Applications for Internships for the 2017 Season have been filled. Feel free to apply in the fall of 2017 for 2018 Internships.

***Please note these descriptions and compensation may change due to organizational policies.***

2017 Big Top Baseball Internships(Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball)

Big Top Baseball is the largest and most successful summer collegiate baseball ownership group in the nation attracting more than 500,000 fans in 2016. BTB annually hires more than 70 interns for its Northwoods League franchises, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Green Bay Bullfrogs, Madison Mallards and Kenosha Kingfish. Each team plays 36 home games from late May through August. Internships run from mid-May through the completion of the season, near the end of August. Every summer the interns work directly with the management staff.  Interviews have begun and will continue to do so until all positions are full.  All interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to jake@raftersbaseball.com. In your letter please detail which TWO internships you'd like to apply for and rank them #1 & #2.    

Currently 22 of Big Top Baseball’s 28 full-time staff completed an internship or seasonal position with one of its four teams prior to their full-time employment.  Former interns have gone on to work for the Carolina Panthers, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, TREK Bicycles, and various minor league and summer collegiate league baseball teams. 

All interns will receive a travel and housing stipend. There are educational and work components to this position.   All interns must receive college credit for the internship OR this internship must qualify for a graduation requirement.

Besides game day duties, each intern will be responsible for helping prepare and maintain the ballpark prior to the start of the season as well as participating in offsite catering events. Offsite catering events include managing part time staff, set up and tear down of the event and fulfilling any special requests made by the customer. All interns will participate in a weekly sports management class that will be instructed by front office personnel. 

In addition to your specific area of focus, all interns will have the opportunity to work with the staff to gain experience in the marketing and ticket sales department.  Sales tasks will include calling renewals and single game ticket buyers, creating surveys to gauge the fan experience, answering incoming phone calls, placing ticket orders, and delivering tickets to clients.  Marketing tasks will include creating on field promotions and nightly promotions as well as brainstorming ideas for new sponsorship prospects

1) Concessions/Operations Internship –Filled for 2017
– Assist with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Supervise game day staff and help with scheduling and payroll
– Heavily focused on all concessions responsibilities including assisting with ordering food/beverage, food preparation, waste management, and management of game staff
– Previous experience with food/beverage handling and management preferred, but not required
– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the concessions areas
– Act as liaison to over ten distributors of goods and services around the ballpark

2) Hospitality/Beverage Internship – Filled for 2017
– Assist with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Manage and supervise hospitality areas including group decks and party areas including Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa Rat Trap, Pre-Game Picnic Area, Point Craft River, Home Plate Club, and ticket package service areas to ensure exceptional fan experience
– Work closely with Concessions/Operations Intern on placing food/beverage orders, food preparation, waste management, and management of game day staff
– Management of inventory and staff for vending services
– Responsible for placing beverage orders with multiple distributors and maintaining inventory
– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the concessions areas
– Act as liaison to over ten distributors of goods and services around the ballpark
 
3) Operations/Public Relations/Official Scorer Internship –Filled for 2017

– Assist with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Write daily game previews and recap stories for the Rafters website.
– Work with local media contacts to coordinate press passes into the stadium
– Opportunity to create feature stories and work with website editing programs
– Assist with official scoring and statistics in the press box during all home games
– Work with coaching staff and Field Manager to compile stat packs each day

4) Merchandise/Clubhouse/Operations Internship –Filled for 2017
– Help with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Maintain inventory, assist with ordering new merchandise
– Manage team shop on game day
– Supervise game day staff
– Manage the home and visitors’ clubhouse; assist with team laundry and personals
– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the ballpark

5) Ticketing Internship – Filled for 2017
– Work directly with online ticket system to ensure that all season ticket, package plan holders and large company outings have a good time when at the ballpark
– Manage and run box office at Witter Field
– Help manage and schedule a staff of game day employees – help with the incoming calls, walkup ticket orders, and internet orders
– Make sure proper wristbands are available for groups and members of the Founders Club
– Assist with other special groups in the park (Birthday Parties, Founders Club members, 9-Game Pack holders, etc…)
– Learn and operate the back end of the ticket system, CRM, and ticket exchanges
 
6) Video Production Internship – Filled for 2017
– Responsible for training camera operators and directing video webcast for 36 home games
– Producing and editing T.V. commercials
– Producing highlight packages after games for the website, YouTube & www.raftersbaseball.com
– Being efficient with editing software such as Final Cut Pro and other software such as YouTube and Wirecast
– Writing content for the website (series previews/game recaps)
– Helping schedule interviews with the Media
– Input game scripts daily in the message center for the main scoreboard
– Ability to shoot footage to document activities taking place at or outside of the ballpark
– Responsible for setup and takedown of video equipment each night

7) Merchandise/Clubhouse/Operations Internship –Filled for 2017
– Help with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Maintain inventory, assist with ordering new merchandise
– Manage team shop on game day
– Supervise game day staff
– Manage the home and visitors’ clubhouse; assist with team laundry and personals
– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the ballpark

8) Marketing Internship – Filled for 2017
– Help implement sponsorship contracts while writing and executing game day scripts
– Manage all on-field promotions that are executed on game days, jersey auctions, and other special events taking place each night
– Produce weekly mass e-mail newsletters for all fans and Bull’s Eye Credit Union Kids Club
– Manage all team social media accounts
– Coordinate all on-field promotions and pre-game activities (National Anthem, first pitches etc.)
– Organize and attend mascot/player appearances in the community
– Outgoing, energetic, and personable candidates are desired
– Work closely with PA Announcer and music staff to ensure production runs smoothly
– Develop positive relationships with fans, clients and community members to help promote the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
 
9) Social Media/Graphic Design/Team Photography Internship – Filled for 2017
– Game Day Position; additional hours may be available if desired
– Take photographs on Rafters game days of food specials, on-field promotions, fans, celebrity guests, game action, etc.
– Upload photos to social media outlets including, but not limited to, Facebook and Twitter to promote the Rafters and interact with fans
– Photograph all staff members and players headshots for website and media use
– Photograph team at community appearances; take photos of group outings, First Pitches, National Anthem singers, etc.
– Graphic Design experience is a plus, but is not required.
– Must be available for most home games during the 2017 season

10) Field and Turf Management/Operations Internship – Filled for 2017
– Perform and oversee all aspects of field maintenance (mowing, fertilizing, trimming, weed management, and irrigation)
– Maintain playing surface for all games held at Witter Field, Rafters and non-Rafters events (ie. High School and American Legion games)
– Ability to operate small landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, etc.) and basic small engine knowledge
– Prepare the field on all game days (mowing, chalking, and dragging the infield)
– Perform other facility and maintenance duties throughout the ballpark as needed
– Act as scoreboard operator during games and manage radar gun readings
– Ability to work long hours, including weekends, as business indicates
– Other duties as assigned by GM
– Field and Turf Management experience or education in relation to athletic fields preferred

11) Digital Media Production Internship Filled for 2017

– Become an expert with our video board software

– Create images with sponsor logos to be shown on the video board throughout the game

–  Assist the PR Intern in creating graphics RaftersBaseball.com

–  Assist the Video Production and Webcast Intern in producing video content for use on the video board

–  Creating motion graphics/animations if you have the skills

– Ability to work long hours, including weekends, as business indicates

– Other duties as assigned by GM


Cover letter and professional resume, must be submitted to jake@raftersbaseball.com to receive full consideration for the position.

 

For a listing of all available employment positions with the Rafters, please visit this link:

http://northwoodsleague.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/jobs/jobskey.cfm?s=rapids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What are our former interns doing now?

– Brody (2010) is currently working as an Assistant Athletic Director for South Dakota State University
– Hilary (2010-2011) is currently working as the Marketing Coordinator for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)
– Katie (2011) is currently working as an Operations Manager for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletics Department
– Collin (2011) is currently a Production Assistant at Fox Sports North
– Jake (2012) is currently the Assistant General Manager for your Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
– Abby (2012) is currently working as Rec Coordinator for the Wisconsin Dells Parks and Recreation Department
– Eric (2012) is currently working as a Video Production Intern for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
– Max (2013) is currently working as the Assistant Sports Information Director for Edgewood College Athletics
– Macy (2013) is currently working as the Digital Marketing and Design Manager for Big Top Baseball
– Aric (2013) is currently working as a Product Manager with Pacific Cycle
– Hailey (2013) is currently working as a Corporate Service Manager for the Madison Mallards
– Cameron (2014) is currently working in Stadium Operations for the Carolina Mudcats (Class A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)
– Emily (2013) is currently the Corporate Service and Marketing Manager for your Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

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Game Day Only/Street Team Internships:

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are currently accepting applications for the 2016 season for their Game Day/Street Team internship positions. The Rafters game day internships provide interns with hands-on experience of what running a baseball organization is like from a game day standpoint. All interns will experience growth in various venues throughout the ballpark on game days as well as through special events in the community during the summer.

The Game Day/Street Team interns will work on game days only (and other special events as needed), arriving at the ballpark at least three hours prior to the game’s scheduled start time. Game Day/Street Team interns will start each work day by assisting with the setup of the stadium and with making preparations for the incoming patrons. Below is a listing of the different areas interns will be exposed to throughout the course of the summer.

GAME DAY INTERNSHIP DUTIES
• Ticket Office Assistant
• Concession Stand Management
• On-Field Promotions
• Press Box/Scoreboard duties
• Guest Services
• Will Call/Ticket Taker
• Kid Zone Staffing

Game Day/Street Team interns will also assist with community relations by accompanying the Rafters mascot, Rosco P. Rafter at events such as Lunch by the River, meet-and-greets, kids clinics, and various parades throughout the summer, as needed.

The Rafters will play 36 home games beginning in late May and ending in mid August, and game day interns will be expected to be present at all games. There will be a mandatory pre-season training session held at Witter Field prior to Opening Day to inform all interns of the Rafters expectations and philosophies. Rafters Game Day/Street Team internships are non-paid and may be used to earn credit through your college institution. Housing may be available to those that require it.
All parties interested in a Game Day/Street Team internship are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to john@raftersbaseball.com. Please contact the Rafters office at 715-424-5400 with any questions.