The University of Missouri Athletics Department is one of only 14 athletic programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision (with 120 teams) to turn a profit last year. The Mizzou athletic department just hired Basketball Head Coach Frank Haith for $1.5 million per year, and Football Head Coach Gary Pinkel earns $2.35 million per year.
But the athletic department doesn’t want to share any of its profits with a lowly intern to help run its website WeAreMizzou.Blogspot.com, which apparently is different from WeAreMizzou.com. The department is looking for unpaid interns in the Missouri School of Journalism “to gain experience” managing the website.
The email looking for potential interns was forwarded out over the Missouri School of Journalism’s listserv earlier this afternoon, which is how it came to our attention.
I’ll spare you the unpaid-internships-are-unfair rant, but seriously. Mizzou’s athletics department can throw millions at head coaches and their assistants, but it can’t shell out eight bucks an hour to some intern to help operate its website?
We tried to interview the person behind this email, and we were in the process of doing so until she realized I wasn’t interested in applying for this
scam unpaid internship.
Get lost, Mizzou Athletics. Let us know if you’re willing to fairly compensate your interns and not reduce them to indentured servitude. We’ll even promote the internship on our Twitter if you pay up.
UPDATE: In a brief phone interview with the person behind this email, we were able to confirm the web intern position is in fact unpaid. We learned this piece of information before we originally published this blog post, but omitted it from the original version of this story. We apologize for not being more clear.
Here is the full email:
Web Internship for Student-Athlete Blog
Want to get real experience managing a website? Want to get involved with Mizzou Athletics? The University of Missouri Department of Athletics – Life Skills is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to manage the Mizzou student-athlete blog and website at www.wearemizzou.blogspot.com
The website encompasses the athletic, academic and community service highlights for Mizzou’s 502 student-athletes. Fans, donors, recruits, parents and current student-athletes visit the site to fully understand what goes on in the life of a Mizzou athlete with behind-the-scenes interviews, photo slideshows and departmental updates. Applicants should be able to commit 10-15 hours per week beginning in the Fall 2011 semester with the opportunity to continue in the spring. Class credit is available but must go through proper department channels.
Applicants should be familiar with Photoshop, InDesign, and iMovie. They should also have strong creative thinking skills and communication skills.
Please submit a resume, cover letter and 2-3 examples of work [redacted]@mail.missouri.edu by Wednesday, April 13.