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Spring 2014

The Get In The Game e-newsletter was created for students who are interested in a career in the sporting goods industry. You are receiving this e-newsletter because you indicated during a recent Get In The Game presentation that you are interested in scholarship and internship opportunities and other relevant information in the world of sporting goods. For more information on Get In The Game or to schedule a presentation at your university, please contact Larry Weindruch at 

Internship Opportunity

NSGA Accepting Applications for this Summer; Deadline April 4

National Sporting Goods Association, serving the sporting goods industry since 1929, seeks a talented team member with ability to juggle multiple assignments and priorities for a paid full-time summer internship ($12-14 per hour depending upon skill and experience). No 2 days are the same!

Provide cover letter and resume no later than 4:00 p.m. central time 4/4/14 to insure consideration.  Initial interviews (via Skype, or in person) anticipated week of 4/14/14.


Send materials electronically to:




Primarily provide administrative support and perform special projects for the Marketing and Communications departments. Additionally, intern may be assigned projects for the association's other departments/divisions, which include the Membership, Sales and Education departments, as well as the Team Dealer and Sales Agent Divisions, and the Hockey Dealers Association.



  1. Participate with website redesign team, aiding in content creation as the site redesign is finalized during Summer 2014.
  2. Provide proofreading services for NSGA's communications vehicles, including magazine, e-newsletters, research reports, news releases, social media posts, etc.
  3. Participate in planning meetings and contribute ideas for NSGA magazine content.
  4. Create a list of interesting and fun sports and sports business facts to be used for PR purposes and across NSGA social media platforms.
  5. Aid in creation of marketing plan and strategies for NSGA's All-Star Awards and College Scholarship programs.
  6. Create and edit video content for use in marketing and promoting the association, its events and its services.
  7. Work with Marketing and Communications departments to create a fully functional Management Conference marketing plan to be used for the 2015 event.
  8. Create a library of member testimonials that can be used for marketing NSGA programs and services.
  9. Utilize Photoshop to help maintain NSGA's photo library from past events.
  10. Oversee the digitizing of NSGA's archival photos and historical documents.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Unquestionable integrity, commitment to advance interests of the organization, dedication to constant improvement.
  2. Be enrolled as a full- or part-time student at a college or university.
  3. Interest in communications, journalism, marketing and other association-related activities.
  4. Have excellent writing and editing skills.
  5. Ability to take direction, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and work under pressure of deadlines.
  6. Ability to effectively communicate with customers by telephone, fax, email, and personal contact, etc. (members, outside suppliers, and in-house departments, etc.).
  7. Ability to demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel, and social media tools including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for the benefit of our members. 
  8. Ability to plan, follow through, and be goal oriented.
  9. Highly developed communication skills emphasizing listening and seeking first to understand, then to be understood.
  10. A great sense of humor and ability to function effectively as a part of a high performance team. 
LinkedIn Launches University Pages
Connect with your school

Are you looking to connect with your current university or find out more about prospective graduate schools? LinkedIn recently launched University Pages and lowered the age requirement for joining LinkedIn to 14 in an attempt to encourage students to network around their school. The University Pages are designed to help students connect with the university and alumni and to gain insight into the school environment. Read more about the new University Pages here.   

Internship Opportunities
Career Resources

Whether you are graduating and looking to start your career or looking for a summer internship, in addition to utilizing your university's career center, below are some links to help you in your search: 


Get In The Game Careers

National Sporting Goods Association

Sports & Fitness Industry Association 


Top Ten Websites for Your Career 

LinkedIn: Sports Industry Network 

National Retail Federation



Get in the Game Careers Thanks... 

We'd like to thank the following colleges and universities that have scheduled or hosted one or more presentations during the past 12 months. More presentations are in the planning stages for later this school year and into next Fall.  

Aquinas College (MI)

American Public University System

Belhaven College (MS)

Cardinal Stritch University (WI)

Drexel University (PA)

George Washington University (DC)

Gannon University (PA)

King University (TN)

Lakeland College (WI)

Loyola University-Chicago

Manhattanville College (NY)

Mount Royal University (Canada)

Northwood University (MI)

Saint Mary's College (CA)

Seton Hall University

Tiffin University (OH)

University of Alabama

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

University of New Haven (CT) 

University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa 
University of West Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Madison

West Virginia University  

Get in the Game* is a program created by Sporting Goods Industry leaders designed to educate students about the exciting and rewarding careers in sporting goods that are available to talented individuals. Volunteers from the leading companies in the sporting goods industry - manufacturers, retailers and dealers - visit colleges and universities to speak to students about these opportunities. Follow-up includes information on internships, scholarships and online employment sources.

*Registered service mark of Dunham's Athleisure Corp.
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Larry Weindruch
(847) 296-6742, ext. 1290