Internship

Our 2022 Internship Application is CLOSED. Please email internships@bigtrain.org with any questions. 

High school, college and graduate students: spend your summer developing your skills for a career in sports or journalism with the Bethesda Big Train. One of the nation's most highly regarded summer college baseball programs, Big Train baseball at Shirley Povich Field has been described by The Washington Post as "the ultimate small-town fantasy."

Bethesda Big Train offers seven exciting summer internship opportunities: Sports Broadcasting Internship, Sports Writing and Social Media Internship, Sports Photography Internship, Sports Graphic Design Internship, Sports Videography Internship, Game Night Operations Internship and Game Night Activity Internship.

Just as some of the best college baseball players come to Povich Field to develop their talents each summer, the Big Train internship gives students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in sport management and journalism. Your educational experience will be enriched by weekly seminars with some of the Washington region's notable leaders in these fields.

In recent years, Big Train interns have gone on to successful careers with sports organizations such as:

  • Washington Nationals
  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals, Mystics & Wizards)
  • D.C. United
  • Washington Football Team
  • MLB.com
  • The Athletic
  • NBC Sports Washington
  • Jomboy Media
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Frederick Keys

...and many more!

Modest payments to help cover your summer expenses are provided. Course credit is available for college and graduate school students. Internships will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. You can learn more about each internship opportunity below. Please email internships@bigtrain.org with questions. For those students from out of town, please indicate if you need assistance in finding housing for the summer.

The Bethesda Community Base Ball Club, the parent organization of Big Train baseball, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, political belief, national origin, physical and mental disabilities, age, or any other condition.

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Sports Broadcasting Internship (Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow)

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking college or graduate school students with play-by-play or color commentary experience to serve as our on-air broadcasters for the 2022 summer season. Individuals should have a strong knowledge of baseball and the ability to accurately articulate game action to fans on an audio or video broadcast. Ideal candidates will be comfortable hosting and conducting on-camera interviews for pre-game and post-game video content. 

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has granted permission to describe this position as a “Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow.” The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022.

Includes $500 payment to help cover your summer expenses.

Qualifications:

  • College or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events
  • Ability to travel to away games (all are within a one-hour drive)
  • On-air experience
  • Strong knowledge of baseball rules and terminology
  • Background in communications or journalism preferred

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Set up broadcast equipment before the game and conduct pre-game interviews with coaches and players
  • Provide play-by-play and color commentary for all Big Train home and away games
  • Work in tandem with other broadcast intern, splitting play-by-play and color commentary duties and other on-air and on-camera opportunities
  • Conduct research on rosters and players (both Big Train and opponents) prior to each game
  • Attend and assist in the execution of team events and promotions in the community
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and broadcast reel to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Broadcasting Internship.”

 

Sports Writing and Social Media Internship (Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow)

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking high school, college and graduate school students to serve as team beat writers and social media managers for the 2022 summer season. Individuals should have a strong knowledge of baseball and experience in both writing about sports and managing social media channels in a professional setting. Ideal candidates are strong writers who can accurately articulate baseball game action and feel comfortable interviewing strangers. Candidates should have an extensive knowledge of social media outlets such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, and should be able to apply new trends and techniques to formulate a social media strategy for the Big Train.   

Three interns will be hired for this position and will rotate between the following roles on a nightly basis: (1) beat reporter who writes a recap story of that night’s game; (2) Twitter manager in charge of posting live scoring updates each inning; and (3) social media manager in charge of updating our Instagram, Facebook and TikTok channels and engaging with fans on all of our online platforms. Candidates should be comfortable performing all three duties as well as writing feature stories to supplement our online game content.  

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has granted permission to describe this position as a “Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow.” The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

​Includes $500 payment to help cover your summer expenses.

Qualifications:

  • High school, college or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events 
  • Ability to travel to away games (all are within a one-hour drive)
  • Sports writing experience
  • Experience and knowledge of trends across multiple social media platforms 
  • Graphic design experience
  • Strong knowledge of baseball rules and terminology
  • Experience working under tight deadlines
  • Journalism experience (student newspaper, online content, etc.) preferred

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Write feature stories game previews and recaps for Big Train website
  • Conduct interviews with coaches, players and staff and incorporate quotes into articles
  • Prior to games, monitor social media feeds and post updates as directed
  • During games, live tweet scoring updates and post on other social media channels as necessary
  • Design simple graphics to accompany social media posts
  • Brainstorm and implement social media marketing strategies to expand Big Train’s audience
  • Attend all Big Train home games and most away games 
  • Attend and assist in the execution of team events and promotions in the community
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and at least two writing samples to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Writing and Social Media Internship.”

 

Sports Photography Internship (Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow)

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking a college or graduate school student to serve as the team photographer for all summer 2022 games and community events. Individuals should have experience photographing live sports (ideally baseball) and other events, and should have their own digital camera. Candidates should be able to edit and upload their photos to an agreed upon web platform as soon as possible each night after a game or event. 

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has granted permission to describe this position as a “Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow.” The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

​Includes $500 payment to help cover your summer expenses.

Qualifications:

  • College or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events 
  • Ability to travel to away games (all are within a one-hour drive)
  • Sports and event photography experience
  • Basic photo editing knowledge and computer with editing software

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all Big Train home games and away games 
  • Photograph ballpark happenings (picnics, special events, pregame and postgame ceremonies, etc.) before and after each Big Train home game
  • Photograph on-field action and crowd enthusiasm during the game
  • Photograph other Big Train community events, such as food drives, parades and service days, as assigned
  • Upload photos to web platform after each game or event
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and a small photo portfolio to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Photography Internship.”

 

Sports Graphic Design Internship (Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow)

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking a college or graduate school student to serve as the team's graphic designer for all summer 2022 games and events. Individuals should have experience creating visually appealing graphics from scratch using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Ideal candidates have experience designing sports and baseball-related graphics, including starting lineup, final score, breaking news update graphics, and more. Graphic design interns may also help design some of the team's 2022 merchandise and promotional material.  

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has granted permission to describe this position as a “Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow.” The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

​Includes $500 payment to help cover your summer expenses.

Qualifications:

  • High school, college or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events 
  • Graphic design experience and computer with appropriate software
  • Experience working under tight deadlines
  • Basic knowledge of baseball

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all Big Train home games and some away games 
  • Design pre-game, in-game and post-game graphics for online use
  • Collaborate with social media managers and photographer to incorporate visual content into online marketing strategy
  • Work with full-time Big Train staff to create visually appealing merchandise and promotional material
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and several graphics samples to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Graphic Design Internship.”

 

Sports Videography Internship (Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow)

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking a college or graduate school student to serve as the team videographer for all summer 2022 games and events. Individuals should have experience videoing live sports (ideally baseball) and other events, and should know how to edit clips together to create professional-looking highlight packages, promotional videos and more. Ideal candidates will have their own camera and laptop computer with video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. 

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has granted permission to describe this position as a “Tim Kurkjian Sports Journalism Fellow.” The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

​Includes $500 payment to help cover your summer expenses.

Qualifications:

  • High school, college or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events 
  • Ability to travel to away games (all are within a one-hour drive)
  • Sports and event videography experience
  • Strong knowledge of baseball
  • Video editing experience and computer with appropriate software
  • Experience working under tight deadlines

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all Big Train home games and away games 
  • Video pre-game and post-game interviews with broadcasters, coaches, players and staff 
  • Video game action on field to highlight important plays and moments
  • Video pre-game ceremonies and other Big Train community events as assigned
  • Edit highlight videos, interviews, promotional content and more, and upload videos to team YouTube channel and website
  • Collaborate with social media managers and photographer to incorporate visual content into online marketing strategy
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and a video reel to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Videography Internship.”

 

Game Night Operations Internship

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking high school, college and graduate school students to serve as game night operations interns for the summer 2022 season. Interns will rotate between several different roles on game days, including ticket sales, concessions sales, and merchandise sales, while also representing the organization in other roles at various community events. This internship is designed to give students real-life sport industry experience including event promotion, customer service, marketing, and sales. Ideal candidates are outgoing, hard-working and are willing to work in a variety of capacities. 

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

Includes $350 payment for college and graduate school interns and $250 payment for high school interns to help cover your summer expenses. High school interns may opt to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hours instead of the stipend.

Qualifications:

  • High school, college or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events
  • Outgoing and willing to engage in conversation with strangers
  • Customer service background preferred

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all Big Train home games
  • Serve as ticket, merchandise or concessions salesperson during home games
  • Greet each fan with a friendly, positive demeanor
  • Attend and assist in the execution of team events and promotions in the community
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Game Night Operations Internship.”

 

Game Night Activity Internship

The Bethesda Big Train team playing in the summer wooden bat Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is seeking high school, college and graduate school students to serve as game night activity interns for the summer 2022 season. Interns will oversee and execute pre-game and in-game activities to entertain and maintain the attention of the fans. On non-game days, interns will represent and promote the organization in other roles at various community events. This internship is perfect for students interested in the event management and fan engagement aspects of the sport industry. Ideal candidates are outgoing, hard-working and able to improvise. 

Interning with Big Train offers educational and networking opportunities, and course credit is available for college students. This opportunity is unpaid, but a small stipend will be offered. The internship will run from on or about May 23, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

Includes $350 payment for college and graduate school interns and $250 payment for high school interns to help cover your summer expenses. High school interns may opt to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hours instead of the stipend.

Qualifications:

  • High school, college or graduate student
  • Ability to work night and weekend events
  • Outgoing and willing to engage in conversation with strangers
  • Willing to be creative 
  • Customer service background preferred

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all Big Train home games
  • Organize and prepare for the first pitch ceremonies and any other pre-game events
  • Organize and execute in-game stunts and promotions like the mascot race, musical chairs, trivia and more
  • Welcome, interact and engage with fans before, during and after the game 
  • Attend and assist in the execution of team events and promotions in the community
  • Assist full-time Big Train staff with set-up and post-game procedures and any other duties as assigned

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to internships@bigtrain.org with the subject “Big Train Game Night Activity Internship.”

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