Job Title: Soccer Operations Intern
Reports To: Team Administrator
About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the league as its 24th team in 2019. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. MLS invited Cincinnati to the league as an expansion team in May 2018, giving the club one of the fastest run-ups to its first-division launch in league history – 277 days from invitation to its first game. The team previously played its home games at the historic Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, while its $250 million, privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific stadium is constructed in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Opening May 1, 2021, TQL Stadium, FC Cincinnati’s home, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America but the world. Critically acclaimed global design firm, Populous, designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that is one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer (MLS). The $250 million, privately funded stadium has a capacity of 26,000, with the closest seats within 15 feet of the field. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. Additionally, the team’s famous supporters’ section, The Bailey, will grow to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in the stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field. The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coaches offices, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. TQL Stadium meets all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, featuring top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the world’s top club teams for friendlies. More information about the stadium is available at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or visit the stadium’s website: TQLStadium.com.
The team also opened the state-of-the-art Mercy Health Training Center (MHTC) in Milford, Ohio. Designed by MSA Sport, the $30 million, 24-acre facility includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields – including two stabilized natural grass surfaces and one synthetic turf surface – as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area. The MLS team is housed in a 30,000 sq. ft., multilevel building abutting the fields, while the FCC Academy teams utilize a separate 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building. Additionally, there is a 3,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility on the property. In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America and Asia. The goal of the design meets the original goal to develop one of the premier and most progressive team facilities in Major League Soccer and North America.
The Soccer Operations Intern will support the Soccer Operations department in day to day needs. This individual will have access to see how a sports organization works as a business entity, as well as build relationships with individuals at all levels across FC Cincinnati. This role will be primarily in Milford, Ohio at our Mercy Health Training Center. The work days will vary dependent upon the team schedule and student availability, the core schedule will be 4-5 days per week, Monday – Friday, however there may be weekend and holiday hours. This is an unpaid internship, students must receive college credit.
- Assist with general daily administration of FC Cincinnati’s first team
- Assist athletes and technical staff with relocation needs
- Assist with player / trialist transportation
- Assist with planning logistics for first team away trips
- Support in the logistics of game day preparation and execution
- Complete special projects as needed and other duties assigned
Required Skills and Experience
- “Make it happen” attitude
- Strong team philosophy; proven ability to work positively, collaboratively and professionally within a team and across an organization
- An innovative approach and willingness to contribute creative solutions to problems as they arise
- Strong ability to multi-task, in a fast-paced working environment
- Ability to develop productive and effective relationships across all levels of an organization
- Strong Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills
- Bilingual with Spanish a bonus
Education and Experience
- Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Business or Sport Management, preferred
- 1+ years’ experience in professional sports environment, preferred.
FC Cincinnati is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.