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FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the League as its 24th team in 2019. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. Originally founded in 2015 by Lindner III and current president Jeff Berding, FCC began play in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016. The club won the 2018 USL Regular-Season Championship in record-setting fashion and earned postseason berths in all three of its USL seasons. In 2017, FC Cincinnati also advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a run that included victories over two MLS squads. FC Cincinnati opened the Club’s privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati in 2021.

About TQL Stadium:

TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America, but the world. Critically acclaimed firm Populous designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that will be one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer. The $250 million, privately funded stadium will have a 26,000 capacity, with the closest seats within 15 feet of the field. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. Additionally, the team’s famous supporters’ section, The Bailey, will grow to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in the stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field. The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coach’s offices, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. TQL Stadium meets all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, featuring top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the world’s top club teams for friendlies.

About Mercy Health Training Center:

The team also opened the state-of-the-art Mercy Health Training Center (MHTC) in Milford, Ohio. Designed by MSA Sport, the $30 million, 24-acre facility includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields – including two stabilized natural grass surfaces and one synthetic turf surface – as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area. The MLS team is housed in a 30,000 sq. ft., multilevel building abutting the fields, while the FCC Academy teams utilize a separate 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building. Additionally, there is a 3,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility on the property. In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America, and Asia. The goal of the design meets the original goal to develop one of the premier and most progressive team facilities in Major League Soccer and North America.

Position Summary:

The Soccer Operations Intern will support the Soccer Operations department in day-to-day needs with the FCC First Team, Second Team, and Player Welfare Department. This individual will have access to see how a sports organization works as a business entity, as well as build relationships with individuals at all levels across FC Cincinnati. This role will be primarily in Milford, Ohio at Mercy Health Training Center. The workdays will vary dependent upon the team schedule and student availability. Averaging 25 hours per week, the core schedule will be 4-5 days per week, Monday – Friday, however there may be weekend and holiday hours. This internship is set to begin on or about January 3, 2023 and conclude at the end of the MLS season in November. This is an hourly paid internship and college credit is also available if needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with general daily administration of FC Cincinnati’s First Team, Second Team, and Player Welfare

  • Assist athletes and technical staff with relocation needs

  • Assist with player/trialist transportation and accommodations

  • May assist with planning logistics for away trips

  • Work home matches (nights/weekends)

  • Support in the logistics of game day preparation and execution

  • Complete special projects as needed and other duties assigned

  • Other duties as assigned

Skill Requirements:

  • “Make it happen” attitude

  • Strong ability to multi-task, in a fast-paced working environment

  • Ability to develop productive and effective relationships across all levels of an organization

  • An innovative approach and willingness to contribute creative solutions to problems as they arise

  • Proven ability to work positively, collaboratively, and professionally

  • Strong Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

  • Ability to speak Spanish and Portuguese a bonus

Qualifications & Education Requirements:

  • Experience in a professional sports environment preferred

  • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program, preferably in Business or Sport Management

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to start date

  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours including but not limited to weekends and holidays as required by the FCC game schedule, special events, and projects

What we offer interns:

  • FCC welcome gifts

  • Resume and profile reviews

  • Tour of TQL Stadium and MHTC

  • Community volunteer opportunities

  • Discount off team store merchandise

  • Job shadow opportunities + lunch and learns

  • Frequent free meals, happy hours, and parties

  • Paid hourly and/or college credit opportunities

  • Networking opportunities with Chamber events

FC Cincinnati is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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