College of Arts and Sciences
Sport Administration and Leadership

Graduate Assistantships

Internal - Paid Positions

General Information

The MSAL program coordinates with Seattle University’s Athletic department, Sports Medicine and SU Recreation to offer a variety of Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions. General qualifications include excellent verbal and written communication skills along with computer skills using various Microsoft applications are required; degree and career interest in communications, sports management or a related field; experience working in a collegiate athletic department preferred; experience working with collegiate sports coaching staffs preferred; personal competitive experience or knowledge of sports helpful; must be willing to work evenings and weekends; minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week.

Graduate assistantships may begin August 1 (or later depending on program) and continue through the regular academic year (1st week in June). Graduate assistant positions may pay $1,600 or more per month for the 10-month term. Graduate assistants are responsible for their own tuition payments.

GA positions are available for a 2-year period, the time it takes to complete the MSAL degree. Below is a list of the graduate positions filled by current MSAL students. Every year about half of these positions become available. Sometimes the positions change depending on the needs of the various departments. By mid-January, most of the available GA positions for the upcoming year are posted on this webpage. You may also see announcements of the positions in other industry job boards such as the NCAA. Please bookmark this webpage for direct access to GA availability.

Application

Graduate assistantships are only available for fully admitted students of the Master in Sport Administration & Leadership (MSAL) program. Following admission to MSAL, to apply for a graduate assistantship send a cover letter specific to each graduate assistant position for which you are applying, a résumé, and contact information for three references via email to:

Maylon Hanold Ed.D.
Associate Director, MSAL Program

Interviews and hiring decisions will be made by the immediate supervisor of each graduate assistantship.
Application deadline: March 30th.
Hiring announcements: April 30th.

2016-2017 Graduate Assistantship Positions: 

  • Sports Marketing & Promotions I
  • Sports Marketing & Promotions II
  • Ticket Operations Coordinator
  • Advancement & Donor Relations
  • New Media and Communications
  • Operations and Game Management 
  • Compliance Graduate Assistant 
  • Student Athlete Support/Academics 
  • Sports Videographer
  • Sports Medicine/Athletic Training 
  • Strength and Conditioning 
  • Graduate Assistant of University Recreation/Competitive Sports  

2015-16 Graduate Assistants

Returning
Austin O'Regan - Game Management
Lizetta Solarik - Advancement & Donor Relations
Livia Mahaffie - Ticket Operations
Ella Odland - Women's Sports Marketing
Caleb Janowski - Men's Sports Marketing
Nick Deitering - University Recreation - Competitive Sports
Jason Dandino - Athletic Training 

New

Nicole Wright - Athletic Training
Kaelyn Sayles - New Media
Erin Karner - Student-Athlete Academic Support
Joseph Londergan - Marketing & Ticket Sales
Annie Sittauer - Compliance

External - Paid Positions

These “hands-on” positions at several sport organizations in the greater Seattle Area encourage leadership, develop communication and managerial skills, and establish an important professional network.

General Qualifications 

Must be admitted to the MSAL program. Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with computer skills using various Microsoft applications are required; personal competitive experience or knowledge of sports required; must be willing to work evenings and weekends; minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week. 

General Information   

Graduate assistantships are only available for fully admitted students of the Master in Sport Administration & Leadership (MSAL). Following admission to MSAL, to apply for a graduate assistantship, send a cover letter specific to each graduate assistant position for which you are applying, a résumé, and contact information for three references via email to: 

Maylon Hanold
Acting Director, MSAL Program 

Interviews and hiring decisions will be made by the immediate supervisor of each graduate assistantship.
Application deadline: varies - see specific assistantships.
Hiring announcements: varies - see specific assistantships.

External Assistanship with the University of Puget Sound (Filled)

University of Puget Sound Athletics Internship

External Assistantships with the University of Washington Athletic Department

We have created an affiliation with the University of Washington athletic department, which offers internships each academic year. Some of the positions UW lists come with a stipend and some don't. If you are accepted into the MSAL program and you receive one of the funded internships with UW athletics (stipends range $500 - $2000 per quarter), the MSAL program will give you additional financial aid to supplement those stipends. You may also apply for the unfunded internships, but the MSAL program will not provide a stipend. In each case though, you must register for internship credits through the MSAL program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maylon Hanold, Internship and Graduate Assistantship Coordinator.

Click here to acces UW Internship descriptions. 

External Assistantships with the Seattle Mariners (Filled)

We have created an affiliation with the Seattle Mariners which will be offering the following assistantships for 2014-2015. There are two positions which start in August and last for a year. 

Job Title: Client Sales and Services Associate 
Department: Sales 
Status: Part Time Job Share - 20 Hr/Week; Non-Exempt

The Position

This is an entry-level, part time/job share position focused on outbound selling of group and season ticket packages for the Seattle Mariners.  In addition, the associate will provide exceptional customer service on general inbound calls and e-mail inquiries. The associate will be responsible for individual calling and ticket sales goals.  Top performing associates will be considered for transition to a full time sales opportunity within the Seattle Mariners organization.  This is a tremendous opportunity for a highly motivated individual who is ready to take their first step into a sports career.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consistently delivers an extraordinary customer experience by actively engaging in exceptional product and service fulfillment. 
  • Generates new ticket sales by calling targeted individuals, following-up on inbound leads, and building rapport with existing customers to identify up-sell opportunities. 
  • Partners with Season Ticket, Group, and Premium Sales to capitalize on cross-departmental business opportunities. 
  • Meets and frequently exceeds assigned calling and sales goals.  Combined outbound and inbound call goal will reach or exceed 100 calls per day.   
  • Receives inbound phone calls regarding product sales and servicing, and general customer and season ticket holder inquiries.  Resolves customer inquiries in a professional and timely manner. 
  • Responds to customer e-mails and voicemails in an appropriate and timely manner.  Adheres to standard procedures and policies relative to customer communications. 
  • Processes accurate and timely data of customer related information into internal customer and ticketing systems.  Sensitive to related deadlines and sense of urgency processing.  Demonstrates the ability to navigate and successfully use all job related systems.    
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • 4-year degree. 
  • 1-2 years experience working in sales or customer service, preferably in the professional sports, entertainment or hospitality industries. 
  • Proven exceptional customer service skills including demonstrated ability to take decisive action and quickly resolve customer issues, problem solve, trouble shoot and answer questions.   Customer advocate who goes above and beyond to create customer delight. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment with defined performance metrics.   Ability to multi-task and prioritize work with minimal oversight.  Proven experience driving for extraordinary results. 
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to articulate messages and information clearly and accurately.  Excellent listening skills. 
  • Ability to work well within a team environment, yet comfortable completing tasks independently.  Self-starter with the ability to be creative within a structured environment. 
  • Ability to adhere to time and attendance policies and procedures. 
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.  

Seattle University Athletic Department Internships (Unpaid Positions)

These “hands-on” positions in the Seattle University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics encourage leadership, develop communication and managerial skills, and often serve as the first step in a practicum approach to becoming a fully-paid graduate assistant.

General Qualifications
Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with computer skills using various Microsoft applications are required; degree and career interest in communications, sports management or a related field; news-style/feature writing and experience working in a collegiate athletic department preferred; experience working with collegiate sports coaching staffs preferred; personal competitive experience or knowledge of sports helpful; must be willing to work evenings and weekends; minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week.

General Information
Athletic Department internships may begin any time the selected candidate is available and last until the end of the academic year. Internships are unpaid course credit (resume building) opportunities

Application
Athletic Department internships are only available for fully admitted students of the Master in Sport Administration & Leadership (MSAL). Following admission to MSAL, to apply for an Athletic Department internship, send a cover letter specific to each internship position for which you are applying, a résumé, and contact information for three references via email to: 

Maylon Hanold
Acting Director, MSAL Program

Interviews and hiring decisions will be made by the immediate supervisor of each internship.

Application deadline: Open.
Hiring announcements: Open.

Athletic Department Internship Positions 

Visiting Team Hospitality Assistant (KeyArena) 
  • Academic Support Assistant (assist with scheduling tutors and study hall, connect students to academic support programs)
  • Development Graduate Coordinator (Fundraising) – assist Athletics Development Officer on special event planning; annual and team fund campaign execution; coordinate volunteers  
  • Operations Graduate Coordinator (one per sport) – assist with travel logistics planning; practice prep and planning; in office recruiting materials; special event planning
  • Multimedia Assistant  
  • Business Office Assistant – Athletic Training  
  • Promotions Assistant 
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant
  • Track and Field Assistant Coach (distance or throws)  

Other Local Internships