Media & Communications Coordinator

The Position

Under the direction of the Head Coach, the UT Men’s Rugby Media and Communications Coordinator provides promotional and administrative support for media relations, social media management, on and off campus recruiting, management and oversight of fundraising strategies, and game day promotion and event management. This internship is funded through the Butch Robertson Endowed Scholarship Fund and will provide the selected student with a $1000 stipend for each semester. The internship is for the academic year beginning in August and concluding in May.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Media Relations

  • Writing and editing press releases
  • Pre- and post-match stories
  • Conduct interviews with coaches and players

Social Media Management

  • Website articles, feature stories and informational postings
  • Implement Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posting strategy


  • Communication management with prospects
  • Maintain recruit database
  • Coordinate visits and recruiting events

Event Management

  • Creating and publishing weekly match updates
  • Organizing and Managing game day operations related to special events / guests
  • Promotion and communication of matches and events

Alumni Relations

  • Assist with updates to alumni database
  • Creating periodic alumni communications
  • Website and social media updates related to alumni activities and news updates


  • Enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Tennessee.
  • Completed at least 24 hours of coursework for a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and desktop publishing programs
  • Sound knowledge of social media platforms
  • Understanding of and history in organized athletics
  • Capable writing and communication skills

About Us

The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant University, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The University values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

The Volunteer Rugby Foundation
The Volunteer Rugby Foundation is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit corporation created to enhance, enrich, and insure the continuous growth of rugby on the campus of the University of Tennessee and in the local community. It is the official fundraising arm of the Men’s Rugby Club at the University of Tennessee

The Men’s Rugby Club at UT
Rugby was founded on the campus of the University of Tennessee in 1970.  For over 50 years UT Rugby has been a leader in collegiate club rugby in the US while maintaining its firm commitment to the Volunteer Rugby Maxim:  Family – School – Rugby.  The Rugby Vols are grounded in the basic principles of Personal Responsibility, Sound Decision Making, Integrity, Pride, Organization, and Respect.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

 Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

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