Monday, November 28, 2016

Wisconsin State Golf Association – 2017 USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Internship

Hey SBC members,

Here is a paid internship for summer 2017 that was brought to all current club members by SBC-UW's founder and inaugural president, David Cohn, who is the Director of Services & Communications for the Wisconsin State Golf Association.

Important Internship Details:

Deadline to apply: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 
Full-time: 40 hours/week
Length: 3-4 Months
From: mid-May to mid-August, 2017
Salary: $2,000/month + business travel expenses

To apply, please email a Cover Letter and Résumé to WSGA Assistant Director of Rules and Competitions Geoff Pirkl by Jan. 6, 2017.

Learn More:

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Speaker Spotlight: Chris McIntosh

Oct. 12, 2016

ICYMI:

SBC was thrilled to have former University of Wisconsin football star and current UW Athletics Associate Athletic Director for Business Development Chris McIntosh come and speak to the club to share insight into his position with the athletic department as well as his role in the department’s recent partnership with Under Armour.

A Pewaukee-native, McIntosh was a standout tackle for the Badgers football team coached by Barry Alvarez between 1996 and 1999. McIntosh earned All-American status in 1999 season. He was a key member of both Wisconsin’s 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl championship teams before he was selected as a first-round NFL draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000. He is also a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame after he was inducted in 2014.

McIntosh returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2014 as the director of development, and less than two years later in February of 2016, he was named to his current role as the UW athletic director for business development.

For those seeking employment in the sports industry or collegiate athletics especially entrepreneurial opportunities, McIntosh had this to say:

·      I strongly encourage everyone to follow their passion, especially if you have a clarity about what it is you’d like to do with your career early on. Act on this passion.

·      Whether you want to pursue steps towards becoming more of an independently oriented entrepreneur or rather obtain a position with a much larger organization such as an athletic department, there is no right or wrong path to follow in sports business.

·      The ability to adapt and remain effectively versatile is what will continue to open doors and create opportunities along the way in sports business, especially if you do not know exactly what you’d like to do career-wise.

·      In order to achieve success as an entrepreneur, you have to have an eye for a business opportunity. A successful entrepreneur always asked themselves a couple questions, but really they ask themselves “What problem am I solving?”

·      An empathetic point of view is key to discovering all kinds of opportunities to enhance your customer’s experience and turns your relationship into more of a partnership than a transaction.

Thank you to Chris for making the time to share with our club and teach us about the ins and outs of the marketing and business development aspects of both entrepreneurial endeavors and working as an associate athletic director of UW Athletics!

Learn more about Chris McIntosh on uwbadgers.com

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Speaker Spotlight: D.J. Trainor

Oct. 26, 2016

ICYMI: SBC was honored to have D.J. Trainor, an NBA editor & intern recruiter and coordinator for RotoWire, come and speak to the club to share insight into his pathway to RotoWire and the professional world of working in the fantasy sports industry, as well as numerous current opportunities and internships at Rotowire currently open interested to club members.

Trainor is both a basketball and soccer expert for RotoWire, working out of company’s world-wide headquarters located just behind the Kohl Center here in Madison. He is also the host of basketball and soccer podcasts for RotoWire.

RotoWire pioneered real-time fantasy sports news and Player Notes nearly 20 years ago in 1997, and has since evolved into is one of the most well-known and prevalent fantasy sports resources in existence. The company provides in-depth analysis, real-time news, and the largest scope of coverage of any fantasy sports site or app. RotoWire also boasts high-profile partners such as ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com and NBA.com.

Trainor got his start at Rotowire as an unpaid writing intern in his junior year and then transitioned into a full-time role after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, 2015 with a major in Communication Arts. While an undergraduate at UW, he was involved in student organizations such as WSUM radio, where he was nationally recognized as the winner of the NCAA Student Radio Call of the Week Award.

For those seeking employment in the sports industry such as with a company like RotoWire, Trainor emphasizes students:

  • Most important to understand when trying to get a job in the sports industry: you may think you know everything, but there's still a lot to be learned. The sports industry is odd in that respect, being that most people have consumed sports their whole life, and automatically deem themselves as 'experts.' Would an aspiring accountant say on an application that they're already an expert accountant? No, I hope not. It should be the same in the sports industry, but many times I see applicants say they're experts, even when they've never had any experience in the industry itself.
  • Refrain from over-embellishing previous experiences unrelated to the sports industry on their résumé such as summer jobs working for a fast food restaurant etc.
  • Obtain as much experience in the industry as possible, even if that means taking an unpaid internship.
  • Do not simply base merit for sports position on his/her passion for sports, but instead prove why that passion would help allow him/her to excel at the desired position.

RotoWire internships are available year-round, so anyone interested should contact D.J. Trainor via email at to receive a link to the application.

Thank you to D.J. for making the time to share with our club and teach us about the amazing opportunities offered right here in our backyard by RotoWire!

Learn more about RotoWire
Follow D.J. Trainor on Twitter: @TrainorDJ
Follow them on Twitter: @RotoWire
Follow them on Instagram: @rotowire