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Marketing Internship

Connecticut Open
New Haven, CT
Marketing: Marketing
About The Connecticut Open
The Connecticut Open is a women’s-only WTA tournament held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale featuring four different competitions, including WTA qualifying, WTA singles, WTA doubles and PowerShares Men’s Legends. As a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, its mission is to leverage the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the community and maximize support for women’s, youth and other causes in Connecticut. Owned by the State of Connecticut, the tournament generates $10+ million in regional economic impact. The Connecticut Open is prominently featured domestically through 40+ hours of combined coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  The event is also broadcast internationally to 160 countries and delivers more than 15 million viewers worldwide.
This three month internship offers the unique opportunity to become involved in every aspect of Marketing and Special Event planning for a large-scale, international professional sporting event.  The internship is designed to provide support to the Marketing department in an effort to maximize awareness of the Connecticut Open. This position will also provide support to the Tournament Manager in various aspects of the operations in running the tournament.
The internship will take place at the Connecticut Tennis Center located at 45 Yale Avenue in New Haven, CT.
Derek Neville – Marketing Coordinator
Bruno Baggetta – Special Events Manager 
Dana Cialfi – Tournament Manager & Marketing Director
·         Dates: Monday, June 4 – Sunday, August 26, 2018
·         Interns for the Connecticut Open will be required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. As the tournament nears, hours will increase, and evenings and weekends will be required prior to and during the tournament.
·         Candidates must be able to work the entire duration of the tournament.
·         Student must be pro-active and hard-working, detail-oriented with strong interpersonal skills.  Ability to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism.
·         Strong organizational skills and computer experience with MS Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Word.
·         Tennis background is a plus, but not required.
·         Open to undergraduate and graduate level students enrolled at an accredited college or university.
·         Student must receive academic credit to be eligible and will be required to submit documentation from the college or university.
·         No financial compensation is available.  Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student.
Marketing & PR responsibilities:
Assist in the following areas:
·         Execution of Advertising Media Trades and distribution of tickets to trade partners
·         Updates to website 
·         Distribution of collateral materials
·         Credential requests, i.e. media, partners 
Special Events & Off-Court Entertainment responsibilities:
Assist in the following areas:
·         Preparations for all marketing-related events, both pre-event and during tournament week.  Events include but are not limited to: 
o    Pre-Tournament: Media Day (July), Family Classic (July), Volunteer Orientation (August)
o    Tournament: Opening Ceremony, Military Appreciation Night, Finals Ceremony, etc. 
  • Preparation and execution of off-court entertainment, i.e. bands/musicians, player appearances and autograph sessions
Tournament Manager responsibilities:
Assist in the following areas:
·         Distribution of tournament uniforms
·         Player Services’ setup, i.e. Elm  City YMCA, hair salon, staffing, practice courts, hitting pros
·         Acquiring tournament hotel partners 
·         Securing partners to reduce tournament expenses, i.e. Transportation Services, Restaurants, etc.
·         Coordination of downtown shuttle to bring guests from/to downtown New Haven/CT Tennis Center
  • Preparation of post tournament report and intern manual
For full consideration, applicants must submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) a current resume, and 3) names, titles and contact information for at least two academic and/or professional references.  Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All applications should be made via  
The Connecticut Open strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does the Connecticut Open discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
The Connecticut Openpolicy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other covered veterans.

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