A Baker internship prepares future administrators with the skills needed to perform in a professional setting while gaining knowledge in all areas of athletics. Interns have served as tremendous resources to the Athletics Department and actively contribute to the success of our program.
In many cases, interns are able to earn credit towards their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Most internships coincide with the academic year, but there are instances when summer interns are needed. The fall and spring semesters are typically five-month durations that recognize holidays and institutional breaks.
In the 2013-14 academic year, under the direction of Assistant Director of Athletics – Operations, Andrew Patch, the Baker athletic department had one intern in the fall semester and two in the spring.
The interns primarily work directly with Patch, but they also assist in other ways with Director of Athletics, Theresa Yetmar and Assistant Director of Athletics – Communications, Tyler Price.
"Career development is a large component of a Baker internship," said Patch. "Not only do interns have the opportunity to add a wide variety of experience to their resume, but they also receive mentorship to ensure they are prepared to enter the professional world."
Our interns have served as tremendous resources for the Athletic Department and many former interns have gone on to become successful in collegiate and professional athletics.
"My internship at Baker prepared me for a career in athletics because it gave me insight into every area of an athletic department," said former Baker athletics intern and current University of Kansas athletics Assistant Director - Computer & Ticket Operations, Patrick Salsbury.
"I was involved with ticket sales, promotions, compliance, facilities management, and interacting with every team's coaching staff at Baker. I think this has given me an understanding of how each department works, and because of this, I can better communicate and coordinate with each department here at KU. I also think this is what sets an internship at Baker apart from other internships. The exposure you get to each department is great, and was helpful in deciding which aspect of athletics I enjoyed, and which department I would like to pursue a career in."
"We believe in providing a well-rounded internship experience that allows students to interact with multiple members of our university community and staff," said Yetmar. "Our interns are involved in all of the various components of running a collegiate athletics department, and can expect to interact with our team as a true staff member.
"Over the course of my tenure at Baker we have been fortunate to have some outstanding individuals join our team as interns. Many of these students have continued to pursue a career in athletics, and we are proud that we could assist in their professional development."
For the first time in his tenure at Baker, Price had a full-time intern work directly with the Sports Information Department in the fall of 2013. That role served not only the SID department but helped in all game day operations and work in the office setting. Price is in need of a full-time intern in the 2014-15 academic year.
For more on how to apply and a description of Baker's athletics internships, please click here.