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Mountaineer Goal Program

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Pre-Internship Experiences

Get your foot in the door at WVU Athletics.

While open to all School of Sport Sciences majors, students who are earlier in their plan of study, with fewer practical experiences, are encouraged to participate in a range of pre-internship opportunities. These non-credit opportunities are shorter in duration, include periodic start dates and result in critical resume-building experience while expanding connections within WVU Athletics. These early learning experiences provide the foundation for a successful career in sport as they enable students to connect with WVU Athletics staff and test-drive multiple career paths. Sample pre-internship experiences include team support, event management, community outreach, fund raising and more. You must be a current CPASS student to apply for the Mountaineer GOAL Program. Pre-internship and internship positions are unpaid.

While engaged in a pre-internship, students should:

  • Meet with a career professional to discuss their goals
  • Start a resume and get feedback from Career Services
  • Attend a WVU Mountaineer GOAL Program information session. Dates and times to be announced.
  • Complete a WVU Mountaineer GOAL Program application each year
  • Take advantage of multiple pre-internship opportunities to gain experience, meet/network with key decision makers and impress supervisors with the quality of your work and dedication
Policies and Procedures

Internships

Improve your resume with a unique college athletics experience.

Students who are further along in their plan of study, with more practical experience, are ready for immersive professional field placements and will have a better chance of being selected for an internship with WVU Athletics. These for-credit opportunities are longer in duration, are limited to parts of term, and focus in an area of concentration, including sport marketing, sport communication, NCAA compliance, athletic facility management, and lots of others. You must be a current School of Sport Sciences student to apply for the Mountaineer GOAL Program. Pre-internship and internship positions are unpaid.

While engaged in an internship, students should plan to:

  • Discuss the major’s internship requirement with their advisor
  • Refresh their WVU Mountaineer GOAL Program application each year
  • Select internship opportunities that align with their career goals
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure they are on track
  • Update their resume with Career Services for the job search
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Internship requirements may vary across majors. Students should read the course requirements associated with their major and internship course to ensure that their experiences will count as expected in their plan of study.
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Placement Options

Review the following placement options to for internships.

Disclaimer: position availability may vary.

The Department of Athletics Communications within WVU Athletics facilitates media coverage for all 18 Mountaineer varsity sports. Athletics Communications is responsible for publicizing and promoting teams and student-athletes through press releases, game notes, media guides, press conferences, social media, posters, schedule cards and interaction with individual members of the media.

Responsibilities

  • Assist athletics communications staff with various office duties
  • Assist with feature writing, press releases and game day operations

Related Occupations

  • College athletics communications
  • Professional sports public and media relations offices
  • Sports public relations, media relations 
  • Social media, graphic design
  • Digital media and video production
  • Sports marketing

The Athletics Marketing Department is an important component to the overall athletic success at WVU. Tasked with in-game entertainment for fans at all major events along with cultivating and honoring corporate sponsorship contracts and involvement, the marketing department is a busy behind-the-scenes unit. Exciting game atmospheres, video board entertainment, promoting ticket sales, creative social media placement and organizing special events for fan interaction with the student-athletes all get their important start within the marketing department.;

Responsibilities

  • Assist the WVU Athletics Marketing Staff with game day duties
  • Manage and organize in-game promotions for sponsorship activation and fan engagement
  • Research new marketing and fan experience opportunities
  • Organize promotional and marketing items for events, and work on various projects
  • Assist staff in creation of marketing plans, social media execution, and game-day activities

Related Occupations

  • College athletics communications
  • Professional sports public and media relations offices
  • Sports public relations, media relations 
  • Social media, graphic design
  • Digital media and video production
  • Sports marketing

The athletic training program in the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides provide quality health care for WVU student-athletes. The scope of the athletic training services includes injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling to enable student-athletes to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. The athletic training staff works in conjunction with the team physicians and athletics administration to ensure student-athletes receive quality care throughout their careers at WVU.

Football

Responsibilities

  • Assist staff athletic trainers and graduate assistant athletic trainers in operating athletic training rooms
  • Inventory management and restocking of athletic training room supplies
  • Assist the athletic training staff during practices and games
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning of practice supplies
  • Assist with daily injury tracking and practice participation logs

Related Occupations

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

Olympic Sports

Responsibilities

  • Assist staff athletic trainers and graduate assistant athletic trainers in operating athletic training rooms
  • Inventory management and restocking of athletic training room supplies
  • Assist the athletic training staff during practices and games
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning of practice supplies
  • Assist with daily injury tracking and practice participation logs

Related Occupations

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

West Virginia University baseball, a member of the Big 12 Conference, has been an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 1892 and boasts nearly 2,200 wins, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, 21 NCAA All-Americans, 98 Major League Baseball Draft choices, 26 Major League players and one Olympian through the 2020 season. In 2019, West Virginia University’s Monongalia County Ballpark was the host venue for an NCAA Regional and a record 4,355 fans attended West Virginia’s tournament opener against Fordham.

Responsibilities

  • Assist coaching staff, specifically with setup and cleanup of equipment, as well as on-field assistance during practice
  • Assist equipment manager with duties as assigned
  • Other job duties include technology operation, bullpen catching and camp operations

Related Occupations

  • External athletic operations
  • Technology in sports
  • Sport data analytics
  • Internal athletic operations
  • Coaching
  • Facility and equipment management
  • Player development
  • Video production

West Virginia University is home to some of the finest athletic facilities in the country, and maintaining and treating them with care are the responsibilities of the Athletics Facilities department. Gameday and daily practice operations along with maintenance and venue planning are just some of the responsibilities. Daily work includes dealing with coaches and administrators to schedule each facility and working with the general public on facility rentals. Gamedays are long and eventful, but the facilities staff knows that a fun and safe fan experience in WVU athletics venues means their gameday efforts were a success.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting with the pre-event setup of the athletic facility
  • Provide hospitality to visiting teams
  • Coordinate the sign-up and gameday execution of volunteer soccer ball shaggers
  • Disperse and collect radios used by staff for home events
  • Assist with the post-event tear down of the athletic facility

Related Occupations

  • Facility operations
  • Event planning
  • Facilities management
  • Coaching
  • Equipment management
  • Collegiate athletic administration

The oldest varsity sport at West Virginia University, Mountaineer football is a member of the Big 12 Conference. Football has been an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1891 and ranks among the winningest programs in NCAA history. The Mountaineers are frequently on national television as a member of a Power 5 conference and are among a select group of programs invited to play in a bowl game in 17 out of the last 20 seasons. Football has produced 43 All-Americans since 2002 and nearly 110 overall selections in its history. WVU has had 26 players selected in the NFL Draft over the last nine years, which ranks near the top of all Big 12 schools. In all, nearly 200 players have been drafted by NFL teams as West Virginia has consistently sent players to the pro ranks. The Mountaineers are coached by Neal Brown, considered one of the top young, up-and-coming coaches in the game.

External Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Associate Athletics Director for Football External Affairs with daily operations, manage guests at practices and home football games
  • Conduct research on areas associated with college football, including social media, facilities and operations
  • Write and review content for communication pieces, both internally and externally
  • Work collaboratively with other WVU Football units as appropriate

Related Occupations

  • Athletics administration (college, high school or professional)
  • Event operations (sports, entertainment, etc.)
  • Fundraising (college, non-profits, etc.)

On-Campus Operations

Responsibilities

  • Assist On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator with the logistics of official visits, unofficial visits, Game Day Visits and Junior Days
  • Assist in executing mail communication
  • Data input into recruiting database, JumpForward
  • Help execute additional events and team meals

Related Occupations

  • Event operations
  • Recruiting operations

Research and Analytics

Responsibilities

  • Create and build optimal search tools to quickly scrape data from a variety of available data sources
  • Organize different data sets used by the program in a single database
  • Analyze and research data to create profiles, models, and metrics situational football, and student-athlete evaluation
  • Assist in the creation of building a user friendly interface for WVU Football
  • Work collaboratively with other WVU Football units

Related Occupations

  • Data analyst (college or professional)
  • Football information systems specialist

Scouting

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Coordinator of Scouting with comprehensive gathering and logging of information on opponents
  • Manage the template creation of weekly scouting reports
  • Responsible for tracking designated opponents throughout the year from a variety of information sources, and relay noteworthy events to applicable personnel
  • Utilize video software to tag situations, create video libraries, and watch student-athletes on both our roster, and opponents rosters
  • Work collaboratively with other WVU Football units

Related Occupations

  • Scouting (college or professional)
  • Player personnel (college)
  • Quality control (college or professional)

Student Assistant

Responsibilities

  • Assist the graduate assistants and analyst in opponent film breakdown
  • Assist with putting together scouting reports on upcoming opponents
  • Assist the graduate assistants and analyst with self scout evaluations
  • Assist in creating teaching tapes for position coaches

Related Occupations

  • Assistant coaching position (college, high school or professional)
  • Analytics/Quality control (college, professional or private corporation)
  • Athletic administration (college, high school or professional)

Video

Responsibilities

  • Import opponent and professional analytical data through Pro Football Focus
  • Film practices and potentially games
  • Import and edit practice/game film

Related Occupations

  • Video coordinator
  • Assistant coaching (high school or college)
  • Sports analyst

The Mountaineer Athletic Club is the professional fundraising arm for the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The primary objective of the MAC is to provide the resources necessary to enrich the lives of our student-athletes as they strive to reach their full academic and athletic potential. The financial support and commitment by MAC members helps to help ensure all student-athletes in WVU’s 18 sports programs receive the resources they need to succeed academically and athletically.

Responsibilities

  • Provide customer service
  • Gift processing and reconciliations
  • Assist with social media
  • Assist with renewals, solicitations and prospect research
  • Responsible for donor bio prep for games, suites, events and trips
  • Send out acknowledgements and thank-you notes
  • Stewardship planning

Related Occupations

  • Development assistant
  • Major gift officer
  • Assistant director of development
  • Donor relations coordinator
  • Premium seating sales associate
  • Ticket office assistant
  • Prospect researcher
  • Assistant director of stewardship
  • Assistant director of events

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Nutrition department is dedicated to providing the best nutrition support and overall student-athlete care in the context of athletic performance and health. Its goal is to ensure the nutritional health, safety, performance and proper fueling for student-athletes by providing evidenced-based nutrition education and recommendations throughout the year through the collaborative efforts of the athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports medicine and food service teams.

Football

Responsibilities

  • Assist in management of daily operations
  • Assist with food preparation for student-athletes, management of fueling station
  • Assist with social media and marketing support
  • Assist with development of nutrition education materials for student-athletes and athletics staff

Related Occupations

  • Nutrition specialist
  • Dietitian
  • Health promotion
  • Sports coach
  • Wellness coach
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Olympic Sports

Responsibilities

  • Assist in management of daily operations
  • Assist with food preparation for student-athletes, management of fueling station
  • Assist with social media and marketing support
  • Assist with development of nutrition education materials for student-athletes and athletics staff

Related Occupations

  • Nutrition specialist
  • Dietitian
  • Health promotion
  • Sports coach
  • Wellness coach
  • Strength and conditioning coach

The goal of West Virginia’s strength and conditioning program is to build the total student-athlete in body and mind. Properly conditioned athletes are healthy athletes and less prone to injury. WVU’s strength coaches are outstanding teachers and emphasize safety, technique and nutrition. All athletic weight rooms are equipped with the latest technology to produce fine-tuned athletes who know that championships are won by those who embrace hard work and have the discipline to tolerate discomfort.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with set-up and break-down of technology during training sessions
  • Assist with technology implementation during training sessions
  • Assist with monitoring live data response during training sessions
  • Assist with collection, examination, and distribution of data post training sessions
  • Gain understanding for required software and data modeling systems
  • Participate in a structured educational curriculum

Related Occupations

  • Graduate assistant strength and conditioning position
  • Paid/unpaid collegiate internship position
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical Therapist

West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving is part of the Big 12 Conference. The men’s program has been competing as an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1953 while the women first began competing in 1974. Both programs have produced numerous NCAA qualifiers, All-Americans and Olympic athletes during their existence and the Mountaineers are now competing in a new $48 million, 50-meter aquatic center officially dedicated in the fall of 2018 at Mylan Park.

Responsibilities

  • Update recruiting data base
  • Assist with meet operations including S/D timing system and meet set-up
  • Distribution and pick up of mail
  • Assist with practice set-up
  • Assist with equipment distribution/ team gear and travel meals

Related Occupations

  • Age group or collegiate coaching
  • Athletic department facilities management
  • Event management
  • Internal team operations
  • External team operations
  • Collegiate sport administration

The West Virginia University volleyball team competes in the Big 12 Conference and plays a full round-robin schedule with the other nine members of the league. The program is consistently one of the top academic teams at the University and in the nation, winning the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award on several occasions. The Mountaineers play their home matches in the venerable 14,000 seat WVU Coliseum and a record crowd of almost 4,000 watched the Mountaineers play eventual national champion Texas in 2012 on ESPN. WVU volleyball reached the semifinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in 2017.

Office Assistant

Responsibilities

  • Assist coaching staff with coordinating team travel
  • Assist with organizing team meals while at WVU and on the road
  • Manage food orders, pick-ups and payments
  • Collaborate with coaching staff in organizing team events during pre-season and post season
  • Responsible for organizing practice equipment prior to team practices and keeping equipment taken care

Related Occupations

  • Internal team operations
  • External team operations
  • Collegiate sport administration
  • Sport data analytics
  • Equipment and facility management

Technical Assistant

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for “Data Volley” (Volleyball Video and Data Analysis) management
  • Responsible for “Volley Metrics” videotaping during practices
  • Responsible for organizing video and data equipment prior to team practices and during team travel

Related Occupations

  • Internal team operations
  • External team operations
  • Collegiate sport administration
  • Sport data analytics
  • Equipment and facility management

West Virginia University women’s basketball is a member of the Big 12 Conference, winning the league title in 2017. Women’s basketball has been an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 1974, and the program has recorded more than 800 wins and made 17 postseason appearances with 13 straight from 2007-19. WVU has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament eight times and since 2004 has had nine players with links to the WNBA. In 1984, Mountaineer player Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk in an official NCAA game. The Mountaineers are coached by Mike Carey, the program’s all-time leader in wins and winning percentage. Under his leadership since 2002, WVU has won a school single-season record 30 wins, posted 13 21-win seasons and recorded the highest rankings in school history.

Responsibilities

  • Address envelopes for recruit mail outs
  • Cut mail outs for recruits
  • Work with administrative assistant on Carey’s Kids Mailouts, Hoops N Heels, SA Scrap Books and other duties as needed

Related Occupations

  • Internal team operations
  • External team operations
  • Assistant Director of Operations
  • Event management
  • Collegiate sport administration
  • Coaching support

One of the youngest Olympic sports at West Virginia University, Mountaineer women’s soccer is also undoubtedly the most successful. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has built a powerhouse program that played for the national championship in 2016 and has won Big East and Big 12 championships. The program also produces All-Americans, professional players, Olympic and International team selections. Kadeisha Buchanan was the Hermann Trophy winner in 2016, college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy. The team plays its home matches at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, adjacent to the WVU Coliseum.

Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day training organization and set up
  • Game day preparation and set up
  • Assist in stat keeping, organization of technologically-advanced equipment and game day video recording
  • Day-to-day office organization
  • Assist with social media responsibilities

Related Occupations

  • Entry level scouting positions
  • Event management
  • Internal team operations
  • External team operations
  • Collegiate sport administration
  • Sport data analytics
  • Equipment and facility management