Most sports jobs, depending on its popularity, are usually restrained to a certain area of the globe. For instance, Football is big in the US, Baseball is huge in the US and Japan, Cricket is big in...somewhere else. Even Soccer is considered a national pastime almost everywhere but America.
One of the sports jobs that always seems to lend its self to global variance, is that of the Golf jobs variety. Golf jobs are rarely regulated to a certain area. Most of the time golf jobs are available in dryer conditions, but even still, professionals are always needed from everything from training as a golf pro to upkeep on the courses during the colder, wetter months of the year.
Golf jobs don't stop there. Golf Jobs are also available in retail, repair and event planning industries. In fact, Golf jobs will take you to the most beautiful resorts in the world, being that they double as vacation destinations.
The best way to step into the golf jobs world is to go at it as an intern. As an intern you will be taught the ropes from the best. The PGA takes their interns seriously. They put a lot of stock in those who are willing to make a decision to follow the sports jobs related field of golf jobs. Here are a few examples and stories from the PGA's top interns.
North Carolina State University
Major: Communications- Media & Public Relations
My main responsibility as the editorial intern was to help develop different story ideas for content on the website. I brainstormed with producers, managing editors and the writers to keep the site running smoothly and to provide quality information for the public to read. No two days were exactly the same; each day provided me with different opportunities.
This summer, I was given many assignments to research and write about such as “Inside the Field,” which provided detailed information about the players in a given tournament. I was able to see the brainstorming behind the content published on the celebrity round of golf involving Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo and Matt Lauer before the U.S. Open, as well as understand how high stress situations such as Tiger Woods’ decision to have knee surgery affected the website’s content and viewer traffic.
Most Memorable Project
The project I most enjoyed working on was the Men’s Health Week section. During the Travelers Championship, the national promotion of Men’s Health Week was in full swing. I was able to compile research on the topic, provide video content, interview professionals and write segments about the topic. I was given a lot of creative freedom and was able to make a contribution to the site as well as add to my own portfolio.
University of Massachusetts
MBA/Master of Science of Sport Management Candidate 2009
Best Aspect of TOUR Experience
For me, the best aspect of this experience was being able to get to know the TOUR and the golf industry in-depth, especially the international side of the golf business. It would have taken me a year or two to obtain all the knowledge that I gained in the ten weeks during my internship. The second best aspect was the intercultural communication experience at work. As an international student from China, I shared my unique perspective with my co-workers and other interns and gained insight from their perspectives as well.
Was there anything that surprised you and what can future applicants expect?
The internship constantly surprised me on how much initiative I was able to take at work. It distinguished itself from the typical “internship” work that may be expected. I was doing more than copying contracts and sorting out documents. I was conducting a comprehensive analysis that will soon be communicated to PGA TOUR clients and put into practice. If you are fortunate enough to become an intern, don’t be afraid to ask questions and realize that it is important to listen and then voice your suggestions.
Arizona State University
MMC Candidate 2009
As a communications intern, I was responsible for researching and collecting pertinent information as it related to upcoming PGA TOUR events. With the data I assembled, ideas that were generated for what were the “key story ideas” to be fed to local and national media so that coverage of the PGA TOUR would be appropriate, appealing, and accurate. Through my department’s efforts, we aspired to better engage and expand our audience and their appreciation for and interest in both the PGA TOUR and the game of golf. I attended weekly “messaging” meetings where Directors and VP’s from departments such as Communications, Broadcasting/Programming, Media, Brand Marketing, Tournament Business Affairs, and Productions collaborated on their efforts to turn these ideas into concrete stories used by the media. I was constantly working on multiple projects and each week there was a whole new set of storylines waiting to be formulated, so there was a constant change-of-pace.
Most Memorable Project
I coordinated with editors at USA TODAY to get more exposure for the PGA TOUR into a section called “USA TODAY Snapshots,” which appeared daily on the front page of the sports section. Each week, I collected lesser-known statistics and figures for that tournament week so that USA TODAY could put them in the newspaper. In all of last year, USA TODAY featured less than a dozen golf-related snapshots; I helped to establish a relationship with the editors so that golf will be covered on a more frequent basis.
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