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Internships: Communications/Community Relations
Chicago Fire Foundation-Community Relations College Internship - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

Department: Chicago Fire Foundation/Chicago Fire Community Relations
Hours required: min.15-40 per week (possibly more during season)
Pay: Stipend to cover transportation ($100 per month)

Prerequisites:

  • Must receive college credit
  • Previous community service experience or heart to serve others
  • Communications/marketing or related course of study
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledgeable of Chicagoland Area


Duties will include:

  • Assist in coordination of game day 50-50 raffle program
  • Coordinate scheduling game-day volunteer corps with Director
  • Assist with charity section of website, FB and other social media for Foundation
  • Assist with donation requests including data collection and fulfillment
  • Assist with development and executition of organization wide volunteer opportunities and programs
  • Assist in development and execution of Foundation and Community Relations programming with  partners (Ex: City Year, LTS tournament, Practice in the Community, etc)
  • Chicago Fire Foundation special events including annual luncheon, auctions, marathon, etc.
  • Assist with administrative tasks and grant writing
  • Assist in Chicago Fire Foundation special events
  • Other duties as assigned by Director
     

Date to start: March/April 2015
 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you available for an internship this spring (beginning in March 2015) Yes/No

2. Do you have the ability to work evenings and weekends? Yes/No

3. Do you have experience working independently? Yes/No

4. Do you have previous experience with non-profits? Yes/No

5. Do you have experience/expertise with Social Media? Yes/No

6. Do you have car/transportation to get to Toyota Park? Yes/No

7. Are you able to receive school credit for this internship? Yes/No?

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Internships: Any Internship
Graphic Design Intern - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

Title:
Graphic Designer Intern

Reports To:
Senior Manager of Creative Services

EXPECTATIONS:
The Intern Designer position for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club is responsible for any and all creative undertakings by the club across a variety of media including web, print, promotional items and stadium installation/environment. The intern will service all departments with any creative or design needs, from initial concepts to final production, execution and/or distribution. The Intern Designer is responsible for maintaining the visual integrity of the club as perceived by the market, and for strengthening brand presence within that market. He or she must demonstrate the ability to supply creative solutions on a daily basis to a variety of requested projects while remaining organized and on task. Internships are unpaid (except for $100/month transportation stipend) and available only to persons who will receive college or graduate level credit for their work. The Fire accepts a limited number of internships to ensure that interns gain valuable work experience.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Design
• Organize and manage multiple projects in various stages of progress
• Formulate design concepts, presentations, templates, layouts, merchandise, installations and other collateral from initial idea to final execution
• Create advertising campaigns that are followed across a variety of collateral
• Develop understanding of target audience and market for specifically aimed marketing pieces
• Present or pitch ideas, briefs, and concepts to various parties, in and out of house
• Prioritize and filter work load coming from all departments through a design request form system
• Design advertisements, print materials, still digital imaging and web graphics
• Meet all advertising and print deadlines
• Contribute to the invention and implementation of marketing/communications initiatives

Demeanor
• Practice a professional attitude when working with outside sources (ie. publications, print partners, creative agencies, vendors)
• Develop good rapport with other members of the Marketing Department
• Maintain an approachable persona as well as organized and respectful communication with all other departments
• Work closely with the Graphic Designer to ensure a cohesive message and look across all design projects and materials

Requirements
• Applicants must receive college credit for the internship
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft programs, HTML a plus
• Strong understanding of soccer culture and market preferred
 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have the ability to recieve school credit for the internship? yes/no

2. Are you available to work full-time? yes/no

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Sales & Marketing: Ticket Sales
Group Ticket Sales Representative - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

Title: Group Sales - Account Executive

Reports To: Manager of Group Sales

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maximize Ticket Sales and Ticket Sales Revenue through execution of sales calls and meetings
  • Aggressively prospect new group sales opportunities
  • Willingness to attend events outside normal business hours (i.e. youth soccer tournaments, sales meetings, etc.)
  • Meet or exceed quarterly sales goals and weekly activity requirements
  • Maintain a minimum daily average of 50 outbound calls
  • Exemplify the core characteristics of strong sales culture (e.g. strong interpersonal skills, prompt and professional follow-through, openness to new ideas and suggestions)
  • Collaborate with team members in developing new group sales programs and enhancing existing programs
  • Support a positive sales culture within the Fire sales team, as well as the entire front office
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager of Group Sales

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Previous Group Ticket Sales experience required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including but not limited to evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Familiarity with Archtics and Microsoft Dynamics CRM preferred

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have a bachelor's degree? Yes/No

2. Do you have previous group ticket sales experience? Yes/No

3. Do you have fluent bilingual language skills? Yes/No If so, please list languages.

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Technical Services: Computer Information Systems
Information Technology Part-Time Assistant - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

The Information Technology assistant will report directly to the Information Technology Manager.  This position is responsible for assisting with the daily upkeep of the Chicago Fire/Toyota Park data and telecom networks with a specific focus on providing support to the venue on event days.  The Information Technology Intern will also be charged with setting up and maintaining computer hardware and software.  Listed below are the responsibilities and qualifications expected of this position.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist in setting up telecom and data connections for Chicago Fire

  • Assist with troubleshooting server, network, desktop hardware, printer and software issues

  • Assist with event execution; responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Pre-event set-up (technology needs, broadcast  and internet connections, etc.

    • Post-event tear-down and cleanup

    • Audio/Visual assistance

    • Assist with technology needs and issues during the event

  • Assist with setting up workstation and telecom needs for all employees

  • Assist with the completion of projects supporting the execution plan of the IT Department

  • Implement facility rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Handle additional administrative duties related to the IT Department as assigned by the IT Manager to include such items as research and development of new IT initiatives

  • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

  • Must be well organized and demonstrate an ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision; must possess strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively work with a large and diverse population.

  • Fluency in a second language is preferred.

  • Must be able to operate under extreme deadlines.

  • Must be able to work 25 - 30 hours per week.

  • Must be willing to work long hours, irregular schedules and weekends.

  • Must work all home Chicago Fire games

  • Must have knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Windows OS and office

  • Knowledge of MAC OS and server platforms is a plus

  • May be asked occasionally to travel to remote Chicago office

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Sales & Marketing: Event Operations/Management
Operations Intern - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

The Chicago Fire is looking for students who are interested in gaining experience in operations and how a professional soccer club operates. Students who are available for the majority of the Summer Semester from May - October are preferred. The Fire accepts a limited number of internships to ensure that interns gain valuable work experience. All Chicago Fire Internships are unpaid.


 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

·         The primary responsibility is to provide event and game day assistance to gain experience in the Operations Department. This includes:

o   Credential preparation and management

o   Pre-game preparation

o   Game day operation responsibilities which includes assistance in managing our pre-game festival area - Fire Fest

o   Grassroots marketing efforts

o   Coordination and interface with Fire players, coaches and mascots at community  appearances, autograph signings and events

o   Front office maintenance projects, maintenance of company vehicles, facility upkeep, equipment storage and inventory

o   Occasional First Team operational needs

·         Interns will be expected to work select weekend and weeknight events along with ALL games. Game day duties may include working on promotions, customer service, stadium set-up and teardown. 

·         Candidates should be very comfortable performing physical labor duties on a daily basis. Previous experience in Event Operations is ideal and a strong leadership background is a plus.

·         Must be available from January through May.

SUPPORTIVE FUNCTIONS: 

·         May be required to assist other departments with various projects

·         Inter-Department Training Program for Ticket Sales, Marketing, Communications and Corporate partnerships will be provided.

REQUIREMENTS:

·         Available for 3 – 4 weekdays per week from May - October

·         Available for ALL home matches and select events throughout the internship session (primarily evenings and weekends)

·         Interest and experience in competitive sports and stadium operations is preferred

·         Goal-oriented, ambitious, honest individuals sought with strong work ethic, dedication and desire to learn.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you available for 3 – 4 weekdays per week from May - October?

2. Are you available for ALL home matches and select events throughout the internship session (primarily evenings and weekends)?

3. Do you possess a keen interest and experience in competitive sports and stadium operations?

4. Are you comfortable performing physical labor duties on a daily basis including storage of heavy duty equipment and repairs/maintenance of office/field equipment?

5. Do you have reliable transportation and a valid driver's license?

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Future Consideration Notification/Update - MLS Teams (Various Locations, Various Locations)

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