Internship Program


The Winston-Salem Open Internship Program is a three-phase internship program that offers a variety of learning objectives.  Our program provides opportunity to learn fundamental event planning skills from a team of professionals in professional sports, specifically men’s professional tennis.

The Winston-Salem open strives to ensure that each intern receives valuable experience through a variety of different roles and responsibilities that will be experienced throughout each phase of the program.  Our program is designed for each intern to experience different areas of managing a professional tournament and then receiving coordinating roles in the following areas: Player Services, Special Events, Credentials, Operations, Ticket Sales, Volunteer Services, Community Events and Marketing.  Although each intern will have responsibilities in a specific role they will have the opportunity to receive learning opportunities in how a tournament is marketed, managed and operated to be able to leave our program fully prepared in their next steps in a sports or event management career. 

Now accepting applications from candidates interested in completing all phases of the program, starting August 12, 2019.

Learning Objectives:

Tournament Understanding Phase 1: August 12, 2019– December 31, 2019

Learn how a tournament is managed and operated one week prior to the event, day-to-day operations during the event and the closing phases of a tournament.  There will be the opportunity to learn different tournament roles and post tournament roles.  Tournament staff will ask for assistance in the following areas ticket printing, credential operations, volunteer area management, special event set up and breakdown, gate giveaways, on court promotions, onsite operations, player services, transportation services and onsite booth set up and activation. Post tournament, interns will learn how to breakdown tournament site, conduct sponsor conclusion meetings, office and storage organization, year-end budget and budget projections for the next years tournament. 

Tournament Planning Phase 2: January 3, 2020– July 1, 2020

Learn the roles and responsibilities given for specific areas assigned. A staff member will be assigned to help mentor and manage the assigned roles that are given.  This phase will help teach time manage between several different projects, budget project, timeline planning and other skills that will be needed to help in Phase 3.

Tournament Time Phase 3: July 2, 2020 – August 28, 2020

Learn to execute the roles and projects that have been assigned and responsible for.  Learn to manage, educate and integrate incoming interns in their Phase 1 experience.  

Supervisor’s Role:

Learning will take place with various staff members including the Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Tournament Director, Tournament Manager and Tournament Coordinator.  Their roles are to help educate and mentor interns with all aspects of their roles and responsibilities. 

**At the conclusion of each phase, interns will document their learning experience and review the opportunity to continue to the next phase.

At the conclusion of the internship program, interns will provide a letter of advice to the incoming interns and will meet with staff members assigned and express their feelings of their experience and how the program can improve for the upcoming year.

TO APPLY: Email letter of interest and resume (including 2 references) to