Applications for Internships for the 2020 Season are now being accepted.

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

2020 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Internships

Big Top Sports & Entertainment is the largest and most successful summer collegiate baseball ownership group in the nation, attracting more than 500,000 fans in 2019. BTSE annually hires more than 70 interns for its Northwoods League franchises, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Green Bay Booyah, Madison Mallards and Kenosha Kingfish. Each team plays 36 home games from late May through mid-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 front office.  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 hannah@raftersbaseball.com. In your letter please detail which TWO internships you’d like to apply for and rank them #1 & #2.

Currently over half of Big Top’s 33 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 events. Offsite 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 periodic sports management classes 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)Event & Hospitality Management Internship
– Assist with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium

– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the concessions areas
– Manage and supervise hospitality areas such as group decks and party areas, including Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa Rat Trap, Pre-Game Picnic Area, Point Craft River, Accounting Plus Home Plate Club, and ticket package service areas to ensure exceptional fan experience
– Management of inventory and staff for vending services

– Supervise game day staff and help with scheduling

– Heavy focus on all concessions responsibilities, including assisting with ordering food/beverage, food preparation, waste management, and management of game staff

– Act as liaison to over ten distributors of goods and services around the ballpark

– Previous experience with food/beverage handling and management preferred, but not required

2) Merchandise Manager Internship 
– Help with the setup and cleanup of all events held at the stadium
– Maintain inventory, assist with ordering new merchandise

– Supervise and ship all online orders
– Manage team shop on game day
– Manage the home and visitors’ clubhouse

– Responsible for the general appearance and cleanliness of the Rafthouse and the ballpark

– Use creativity to develop specials and campaigns that positively affect revenue

 

3) Box Office Internship
– Work directly with online ticket system to ensure that all season ticket, package holders and large company outings have a good time when at the ballpark
– Manage and run box office at Witter Field
– Manage and schedule a staff of game day employees

– Answer incoming calls, walkup ticket orders, and internet orders
– Make sure proper wristbands are available for groups and members of the hospitality areas
– Assist with other special groups in the park (birthday parties, package holders, etc…)
– Learn and operate the back end of the ticket system, CRM, and ticket exchanges

 

4) Video Production Internship (Production Leader)
– Responsible for training camera operators and directing video webcast for 36 home games
– Producing and editing Northwoods League T.V. commercials
– Producing highlight packages after games for the website, YouTube & other social media outlets
– Being efficient with editing software, such as Final Cut Pro and other software such as Wirecast
– Input game scripts daily in the message center for the main scoreboard
– Ability to shoot footage that document activities taking place at or outside of the ballpark
– Responsible for setup and breakdown of video equipment each night

– Work closely with marketing to produce promotional videos for different promotional nights

 

5) Marketing Internship
– 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

– Coordinate all on-field promotions and pre-game activities (National Anthem, first pitches etc.)
– Organize and attend mascot/player appearances in the community
– 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 Rafters

– Outgoing, energetic, and personable candidates are desired

 

6) Digital Marketing Internship

– Manage all Rafters Social Media accounts

– Create new content for Rafters Social Media accounts

– Produce weekly mass e-mail newsletters for all fans and Connexus Credit Union Kids Club

– Organize and attend mascot/player appearances in the community
– Work closely with the Marketing interns to coordinate on-field promotions and pre-game activities (National Anthem, first pitches etc.)
– Develop positive relationships with fans, clients and community members to help promote the Rafters

– Outgoing, energetic, and personable candidates are desired

 

7) On-Field Emcee Internship

– Work as the on-field emcee for all 36 home games
– Help implement sponsorship contracts while writing, memorizing, 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

– Coordinate all on-field promotions and pre-game activities (National Anthem, first pitches etc.)
– Organize and attend mascot/player appearances in the community
– 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 Rafters

– Outgoing, energetic, and personable candidates are desired

 

8) Team Photography Internship 
– 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 Rafters Flickr account
– 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 all home games during the 2020 season

 

9) Field & Turf Management/Operations Internship 
– 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
– Manage music during games, knowledge of Spotify preferred
– Ability to work long hours, including weekends, as business indicates
– Field and Turf Management experience or education in relation to athletic fields preferred, but not required

– Other duties as assigned by GM

 

10) Graphic Design & Video Board Production Internship

– Learn video board software and manage during all Rafters home games

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

– Assist PR and Digital Marketing interns in creating graphics for website and Rafters social media

– Assist the Video Production intern in producing video content for use on the video board

– Create Rafters team card set, team poster, and other special projects

– Create motion graphics/animations

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

– Other duties as assigned by GM


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 Director of Marketing & Assistant GM for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)

-JW Cox (2010-2011) is currently the Broadcast Assistant for the St. Paul Saints and the Play by Play for St. Cloud Sports
– Katie (2011) is currently working as the Assistant Director of Events for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletics Department
– Collin (2011) is currently the Video/Graphic Operator & Audio Technician for the Minnesota Twins
– Jake (2012) is currently the Business Manager for the Chippewa Steel
– Eric (2012) is currently working as a Video Specialist for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

– Aaron (2013) is currently a Multimedia Journalist/Networks Producer for the Orlando Magic
– Aric (2013) is currently working as a Product Manager with Pacific-Cycle
– Hailey (2013) is currently working as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Kenosha Kingfish
– Cameron (2014) is currently the Operation Coordinator for the Milwaukee Bucks
– Chase (2014) is currently a Director of Merchandise Sales for Big Top Sports & Entertainment

-Jeff (2014) is currently the Ticket Sales Manager at ROC Ventures

-Jonas (2014) is currently an Account Executive at the University of Southern California

-Anthony (2014) is currently the Assistant Director of Marketing and Game Experience at Northern Illinois University

-Abby (2014) is currently the Athletic Communications/Multimedia Assistant at the United States Military Academy at West Point
– Andy (2015) is currently the General Manager for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

-Zach (2015) is currently the Sports Information and Media Relations for UMary

-Hannah (2015-2016) is currently the Event & Operations Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

-Dannon (2016) is currently the Recruiting Coordinator at NCSA Next College Student Athlete
– Sam (2016) is currently the Play-by-Play Broadcaster for Colgate University

-Katie (2016) is currently a photographer at the University of Denver and the Metropolitan State University of Denver
– Cooper (2016) is currently working as the Sports Director for KNDU- TV 5 in Richmond Washington.
– Brendan (2016) is currently the Head Groundskeeper for the Idaho Falls Chukars.
– Savannah (2016) is currently the Assistant Director of the University of Tennessee Hospitality.
– Ricky (2017) is currently the Group Sales Coordinator with the Great Lakes Loons.

-Grace (2017) currently works for the Community Impact & Coyotes Foundation at Arizona

-Mick (2017) is currently an ESPN3/ESPN+ Sports Broadcaster

-Isabel (2017) is currently the Gopher Sports Marketing Intern

-Joe (2018) is currently a Ticket Executive at the University of Tulsa

-Evan (2018) is currently a Marketing Assistant for the Indianapolis Indians

-Kristine (2018) is currently he Territory Sales and Promotion Manager at Dunlop Sports

-Valerie (2018) is currently the Director of Sports Information & Marketing at College of Coastal Georgia

-Ray (2018) is currently the PA Announcer for the York Revolution and a Play-by-Play Broadcaster for SportsRadio 1350 WOYK AM

-Chloe (2018) is currently on the LA Clippers Communication Game Night Staff
– Hannah (2018) is currently the Assistant General Manager for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

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