Student-Athlete Experience Intern

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Athletics Operations and Women's Administration - Staff
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Job Summary:Colby is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 28 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level, and four programs (men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic Skiing) that compete at the Division I level. The department also hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. Over one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports, and in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.

The College just completed construction of a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex, opening this fall, which is among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center includes an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength and fitness center, training rooms, and coaching suites. Additionally, the College recently opened a 70-acre-plus outdoor competition center that consists of three gleaming new competition and recreational fields that are also among the finest outdoor venues in Division III.

Student-Athlete Experience Intern

Department of Athletics

Full-time, 8 month, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment


The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a student-athlete experience intern (NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship)

beginning October 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2021. This innovative leader will help the department implement a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student-athletes. The intern will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership. These programs and strategies will include deliberate efforts to support diversity and inclusion efforts of the department. In line with the institutional priorities of the college, we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


FOCUS: As a student experience intern, gain a broad-based understanding of all aspects of student experience/development, communications, and athletic department general operations.


  • Work with the Associate Athletic Director for Communications, the Communications Team, and the Sr. Associate Athletic Director to create a program strategy that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership.
  • Implementation of social media strategy
    • Play a role in implementation of department wide social media strategy
  • Development of program strategy that highlights s/a experience, accolades, leadership on the Colby Athletics site
    • Benchmark against programs of excellence (ie. see. Tennessee, Oregon….) to develop strategy
    • Present benchmarking findings to Sr. Associate AD and Associate AD for Comm.
    • Develop implementation plan to launch presence.
    • Develop presence for leadership program and student athlete experience on Colby’s website.
  • Create a plan, structure, calendar, and ongoing communication strategy for the Student-Athlete Awards and Accolades including, but not limited to:
    • Develop yearly calendar for awards and awards solicitations
    • Awards include, but are not limited to the following:
      • NESCAC Awards (ie sportsmanship, academic)
      • NCAA Awards
      • Regional Awards
      • Weekly Player of the Week Awards
      • Sr. Athletics Awards
      • National/Global Awards
  • Work with Associate AD for Business and Associate AD for communications for planning and execution of student athlete awards events.
  • Develop relationships with student athletes and learn job roles of Athletics communications and Athletics Staff members for insights to extract and convey Info for feature stories:
    • Work on development of relationships, learning roles, and creation of understanding of how to leverage those relationships, roles, and insights to move to extraction of info that could lead to stories. Work with Associate AD for Communications on how to take ideas and move them stories.

Summary of Areas:

  • Website
  • Awards
  • Social Media:
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
  • Story Topics with: Bullets Questions, and Answers


Work with Sr. Associate Athletic Director to create a comprehensive and sustainable student-athlete development program.

Develop and implement comprehensive Leadership Development program to enhance student-athlete experience

  • Refine & Launch Program
    • Work with Leadership Development Committee
    • Learn how to draft leadership curriculum plans from scratch
    • Draft and further develop curriculum, programming, and workshops
    • Plan with Team for curriculum implementation
    • Work on ongoing implementation plan
    • Work with Sr. Associate AD and Associate AD for Communications to plan for program Launch and Communications
    • Create and communicate programming calendar
    • Implement programming and curriculum
    • Communicate programming details to student athletes, coaches, administrators, and as appropriate, greater campus and Waterville communities
    • Work with a team of people to lead programming and curriculum for students
  • Serve as an advisor to Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Enhance SAAC’s growth, presence, and impact on campus
    • Guide SAAC on development and execution of goals
    • Guide SAAC to develop a yearly calendar of events, including beginning and end of the year events.
    • Ensure SAAC is involved in campus leadership.
    • Have a presence with SAAC committee and leadership, attending meetings and coordinating with co-presidents and executive team.
  • Implement and refine plan to orient new student athletes to campus.
  • Serve as a liaison for Jan Plan activities.
  • Serve as a liaison to Student Activities group.
  • Refine calendar and develop a plan (in conjunction with Awards work) for solicitation, in coordination with Administrative Team, Faculty Athletic Representative, and coaches, for student athletes, for NCAA internships and grant opportunities.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
  • Serve as committee member and work on responsibilities to support committee work and committee chair.
    • Ensure DEI strategies are implemented for student experience and communications areas.
    • Support execution of departmental DEI Action Plan.
    • Serve as support to Student Athlete of Color Committee in coordination with committee advisors.


Assist department in areas as requested including game day operations and other events.


Student creates:

  • A comprehensive student-athlete development program for student-athletes including:
    • SAAC
    • Captains
    • Leadership Council
    • Emerging Leaders

Programming must include goals that focus on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for student-athletes.

  • Support the development of a departmental strategy for social media.
  • A communications program strategy that highlights student athlete experiences, and accolades, and leadership.
    • Build a departmental strategy for student athlete awards and accolades.
    • Build a website presence around student athlete experience and leadership.


  • Intern’s ability to find employment in industry.
  • Number of areas within the department and College that student is exposed to and works with over the course of the internship.
  • Mastery of skills in development of communications strategies and student-athlete development programming.


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; degree in sports management/marketing, journalism, communications, marketing, or similar field preferred
  • Familiarity with NCAA Division III and conference regulations (NESCAC) preferred
  • Experience with diversity and inclusion programming preferred
  • Previous engagement with or in a leadership development program
  • Ability to develop programming/educational curriculum and content
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong self-initiative and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate with local, regional, and national media
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail including the ability to detect grammatical and spelling errors
  • Aptitude for collaborating with others, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
  • Ability to exercise significant independent judgment
  • Proficiency with utilization of trending social media platforms
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite products including, but not limited to, In Design, Premiere and Photoshop, and Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Power Point; knowledge utilizing HTML, Illustrator, XML, Javascript, and Macromedia Flash software
  • Experience with video production software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Avid non-linear editing, and Adobe After Effects/ Premier/ Creative Suite
  • Ability to apply web design principles and techniques to the creation and enhancement of integrated, complex websites
  • Willingness to comply with NCAA regulations and to work extended hours beyond the typical business day, nights and weekends throughout the academic year, and travel as required
  • Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements


This position has significant interaction with students, faculty, staff, coaches, administrators, media, and external constituents.

Operates on turf, grass, ice arena, and gymnasium. General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, movement, climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 lbs., and computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Frequent travel and early morning/evening/weekend work is required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Student-Athlete Experience Intern – Search Committee

Office of Human Resources

Colby College

5500 Mayflower Hill

Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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