I’m going to be hiring several (unpaid) interns for the summer. These interns will work with me on non-ESPN related matters, so you will not be an ESPN intern. If you’re still interested, keep reading….
The bulk of what I need assistance with is my two books, which are both due to my publishers this summer. The first is called Balancing Baseball: How Collective Bargaining Has Changed the Major Leagues, and is a history of collective bargaining in baseball. The second is Saturday Millionaires: Why College Athletes Will Never Be Paid and Other Untold Truths about the Business of College Football.
These internships are unpaid, but if you’re able to get school credit, I’m happy to do whatever I need to do so you can get that credit. I also give you a nice little shout-out in the acknowledgments in my book.
My current plan is to engage one undergraduate student intern, two graduate student interns and three law student interns. All interns can work remotely – you do not have to live in Atlanta.
Below is a brief description of what each will be working on, but note this may change as I engage in new projects over the summer.
Undergraduate Intern: the undergraduate intern will work primarily on database management, which will require experience using Excel. I keep a lot of databases to keep me organized, and they’re all poorly neglected right now.
Graduate Interns: the graduate interns will be working on a number of research projects dealing with both professional and college athletics. Experience with Excel is preferred.
Law Interns: the law student interns will do legal research on a variety of matters, including legal challenges to the BCS and labor issues in all four major professional sports.
As you can see, I like Excel. In fact, I log almost all my research in Excel. Accordingly, preference will be given to candidates who are experienced with Excel. To show me you know how to use Excel, I’m going to ask you to send an Excel spreadsheet you’ve done as part of the application. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, I just want to know you can do the basics.
For the two graduate student interns, preference will be given to anyone who can begin working on some projects immediately. I’m in the thick of finishing up both of my books, and I could really use some help right away. I know school is still in session right now, so I’m not looking for you to commit full-time, but I could use a little help sooner rather than later.
In terms of time commitment, I’m looking for students who can dedicate at least 20 hours per week this summer.
I will have instructions for the application up by tomorrow morning at the latest. I will not consider any applications that do not follow the guidelines. I will accept applications for one week or until I get one hundred applications (per internship), whichever comes first.
If you have any questions, please post them here. I’d prefer to answer things here where everyone can see versus getting emails and tweets with questions.
Thank you all for your interest!