Communications Department Fall 2019 Internship

The Keeneland Communications Department Fall 2019 Internship from late August through late November will provide broad experience in communications, public relations, media relations and customer service during the busiest time of the year at Keeneland, which includes two Thoroughbred auctions and a race meet.

Preferred candidates possess:

  • Interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of reporting and newswriting, often on deadline.
  • Proofreading skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.

The Communications intern will work with Keeneland’s social media, marketing, broadcast, sales and racing teams. Through his/her responsibilities, the intern will gain a greater understanding of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Keeneland September Yearling Sale (Sept. 9-21)

  • Help compile Media Kit information.
  • Contribute articles for daily Barn Notes.
  • Interview consignors/buyers.
  • Proofread materials as needed.
  • Provide notes/content for Keeneland.com and photo/video images for use on Keeneland’s social media accounts.

Fall Race Meet (Oct. 4-26)

  • Draft press releases and assist with various press materials.
  • Assist notes team with compilation of daily Barn Notes; write news items.
  • Interview jockeys and trainers following stakes races.
  • Draft media advisories for on-track special events.
  • Aid staff with Press Box operations.
  • Assist with record-keeping, updating statistics.
  • Proofread materials as needed.
  • Provide notes/content for Keeneland.com and photo/video images for use on Keeneland’s social media accounts.
  • Answer media requests for information/statistics.

Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale (Nov. 5-16)

  • Help compile Media Kit information.
  • Interview major consignors/buyers.
  • Proofread materials as needed.
  • Provide notes/content for Keeneland.com and photo/video images for use on Keeneland’s social media accounts.

Administrative Duties

  • Assist with press box operations during auctions and race meet.
  • Copy and distribute material for media in Press Box.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled as a college junior or senior, or recently earned a degree in Journalism, Communications, Integrated Strategic Communications or a related field.
  • Exceptional writing and communications skills; ability to work with diverse clients.
  • Knowledge/experience in Thoroughbred industry preferred.
  • Availability during key periods of Keeneland sales and racing, especially Sept. 8-21; Wednesdays-Sundays in October and Nov. 5-8 and 11-12.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with social networking sites.
  • Organized with the ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Creative and flexible, a proven self-starter.
  • Ability to lift, push, pull or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to follow Keeneland’s policies and procedures.

 

When you apply, please provide 3-4 examples of items you have written, ideally articles for publication that indicate your writing and interviewing skills.

If you have questions, please email Keeneland Communications Associate Amy Owens at aowens@keeneland.com.

 

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