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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
Chicago Fire Youth Development Internship - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

                                    Project Manager for ID Camp

                                    -issue invites to club and collate player acceptances;

                                    -devise and execute a touch point plan with visiting players;

                                    -point person with lake forest academy;

                                    -point person for coaching staff; guest speakers; college coaches and visiting teams;

                                    -run check-in and collect paperwork;

                                    -update social media outlets;

                                    -confirm player rankings and confirm with players;

                                    Coordinate signature tournament events

                                    -apply for signature tournament events;

                                    -responsible for trip logistics (flights, hotels, vans and daily schedules);

                                    -collect player paperwork;

                                    -devise and execute a touch point plan with visiting players;

                                    -update social media outlets;

                                    Wisconsin Fire & Generation Red

                                    1. Open Tryouts & Player Selection:

                                    -announce dates and work with DOC to communicate with players;

                                    -develop online registration and send confirmation emails to families;

                                    -manage check-in and obtain coach player selections;

                                    -communication player selections with families;                   

                                    2. Training Center:

                                    -work with local facility provider to determine Fall, Winter and Spring training schedule

                                    3.  Coordinate signature tournament events from Sept to February (Mayors Cup):

                                    -apply for signature tournament events;

                                    -person for trip logistics (flights, hotels, vans and daily schedules);

                                    -collect player paperwork;

                                    -devise and execute a touch point plan with visiting players;

Prerequisites:

                                    Knowledgeable of youth soccer

                                    Excellent interpersonal skills

                                    Proficient in Microsoft word, excel & power point

                                    Works well within a team

                                    Available nights and weekends when needed

                                    Enjoys travelling

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. Are you available nights/weekends? Yes/No

3. Are you available to receive college credit? Yes/No

4. Do you have knowledge of the Chicagoland youth soccer community? Yes/No

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Internships: Any Internship
Communications Internship - 2015 Season - Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Bridgeview, IL)

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is seeking a motivated individual to assist with daily media relations duties and game day media operations. This position is for an individual with exceptional written and verbal communications skills. The individual should possess strong time management skills and the ability to multitask.

Applicants should have a strong understanding of the Chicago Fire and Major League Soccer. 

This is an unpaid internship and is for college credit only. Proof that you are receiving credit is required. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Compilation of daily Fire coverage
  • Assist in managing Social Media results
  • Management of Fire media distribution lists
  • Research for and write press releases and other Communications projects
  • Produce Fire related content for press releases and website
  • Participate in Communications department meetings and events
  • Assisting in all aspects of press box operations on game days including press box setup, managing Media Will Call, transcribing quotes and additional duties.

Required skills

  • Strong communication skills (writing and speaking)  
  • Written and oral Spanish language skills a plus
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work under deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of MLS and the Chicago Fire preferable
  • Applicants must receive college credit for the internship. 

  Qualifications

  • Interns must be eligible to receive college/university credit for this internship. Proof of course credit is required. 
  • Applicant must have reliable transportation and local housing
  • Must be available to work on evenings and weekends of Fire home games at Toyota Park

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

1. Are you eligible for school credit?

2. Are you familiar with the Chicago Fire and Major League Soccer?

3. Do you have local housing available in the Chicago area?

4. Do you have reliable transportation?

5. Are you available to work evenings and weekends of Fire home games at Toyota Park?

6. I understand that this is an unpaid internship?

Closing Date: 2015-03-21

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Internships: Any Internship
Events, Customer Service & Sales Intern - Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (Chicago, IL)

Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (CFRS) is looking for a smart, service orientated, customer facing passionate individual who is interested in joining the Fire family. Our department organizes and coordinates adult recreational soccer leagues for coed and men's teams. The intern will be expected to work some nights and weekends (about 25 hours/week). The internship begins March 2nd.

CFRS is the largest adult rec soccer provider in Chicago. Our home is The PrivateBank Fire Pitch - the premier soccer facility in the city. As we grow, we're looking for driven young professionals to join our team. Let us know if that sounds like you!

Instructions for candidates:

1. Verify that you are eligible to receive school credit before you apply for an internship. You must be able to provide a verification letter from the career services or faculty of your learning institution.
2. Apply online - we will not accept paper applications. Due to the high volume of candidates, we will not accept calls.
3. When applying online, include your cover letter and resume (note: pdf format is best to avoid compatibility issues)

Responsibilites/Duties may include:

  • Running coed and men's league and pickup games; including customer service, recording scores, checking in players, taking payments, managing referees, and more
  • League management - creating schedules, emailing captains, recruiting new teams, and more
  • Actively selling, promoting and representing all CFRS products and services
  • Working with our team during office hours on:
    • Data entry and reports
    • Special research projects
    • Social media posts
  • Events - assist with trips to Fire games and team parties
  • Interns will have substantial interaction with customers, Fire employees, and Fire fans - so we expect a high level of professionalism and customer service
  • This position may be required to assist other departments with various projects. Interaction with other departments is highly encouraged as we aim to provide the most comprehensive learning experience for interns.

Qualifications:

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Ability to read, listen and communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Computer savvy with ability to work effectively in all Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Goal-oriented, ambitious, honest individuals sought with strong work ethic, dedication and strong desire to learn about the sports industry.

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

1. Do you love being around soccer and love people who play soccer?

2. Are you an open, engaging and approachable person?

3. What specifically interests you about this position?

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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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Facility Operations/Security: Event Guest Relations
Greeter/Front of House - The PrivateBank Fire Pitch (Chicago, IL)

The Chicago Fire is seeking energetic, outgoing, and soccer-passionate individuals to represent the club at our brand new soccer facility on the northside of Chicago - The PrivateBank Fire Pitch. These candidates will be an integral part of the team, setting the tone for all soccer players who walk through our doors. This part-time, paid position aims to provide those seeking future sports employment with excellent resume-building events experience with a professional team.

RESPONSIBILITIES (include, but not limited to):

  • Represent the Chicago Fire at our facility, while interacting with players and parents of all ages. 
  • Welcome our guests with a friendly smile, and help with any enquiries 
  • Occasionally assist with facility operations such as set up, tear down, light cleaning and organization.
  • Stay focused and positive at all times.
  • Serve as an knowledgeable source on club news and happenings in the community
  • Represent the Chicago Fire and its respective partners/sponsors with enthusiasm, energy, pride, passion and professionalism

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently pursuing or already completed a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Marketing, Sports Management or related field
  • Ability to work a minimum of 15 hours per week between Feb and beginning of April: including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Candidates must live in the Chicagoland area
  • Outstanding communication skills and a positive, energetic personality
  • Ability to respond to any situation quickly and professionally
  • Comfort with public interactions and sharing knowledge of the Chicago Fire
  • Ability to communicate with internal and external staff in addition to clients in a respectable, professional and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to lift at least 30 lbs
  • Knowledge of the Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer, global soccer and the Chicagoland area

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

1. Do you have a flexible schedule with the ability to work a mix of weekdays, weekends, and holidays?

2. What experience do you have that uniquely qualifies you for this role?

3. Are you happy, warm, positive, friendly and welcoming?

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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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Internships: Any Internship
Sports Marketing & Digital Media Intern - Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (Chicago, IL)

Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (CFRS) is looking for a creative, hard working, individual who is interested in joining the Fire family. Our department organizes and coordinates adult recreational soccer leagues for coed and men's teams. The intern will be expected to work some nights and weekends (about 25 hours/week). The internship begins March 2nd.

CFRS is the largest adult rec soccer provider in Chicago. Our home is The PrivateBank Fire Pitch - the premier soccer facility in the city. As we grow, we're looking for driven young professionals to join our team. Let us know if that sounds like you!

Instructions for candidates:

1. Verify that you are eligible to receive school credit before you apply for an internship. You must be able to provide a verification letter from the career services or faculty of your learning institution.
2. Apply online - we will not accept paper applications. Due to the high volume of candidates, we will not accept calls.
3. When applying online, include your cover letter and resume (note: pdf format is best to avoid compatibility issues)

Responsibilites/Duties may include:

  • Developing content for CFRS social media feeds
  • Shooting video/photos of CFRS players
  • Video/photo post-production
  • Developing copy for email marketing campaings
  • Updating CFRS web page
  • Brainstorming new ideas and content for CFRS graphics, videos, social media posts, etc...
  • Interns will have substantial interaction with customers, Fire employees, and Fire fans - so we expect a high level of professionalism and customer service
  • This position may be required to assist other departments with various projects. Interaction with other departments is highly encouraged as we aim to provide the most comprehensive learning experience for interns.

Qualifications:

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Ability to read, listen and communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Computer savvy with ability to work effectively in all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dream Weaver, and/or Final Cut Pro a major plus.
  • Goal-oriented, ambitious, honest individuals sought with strong work ethic, dedication and strong desire to learn about the sports industry.

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

1. Do you have experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, Dream Weaver, and/or Final Cut Pro? If so, please cite examples.

2. What do you know about soccer and the Chicago Fire?

3. What specifically interests you about this position?

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

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