Job Summary

Sports Reference LLC plans to welcome seven interns for summer 2023 as valued contributors to our Data, Engineering, Marketing, and Product teams. Sports Reference currently serves a still-growing 19m monthly users through our Reference sites and our SaaS business line at Stathead.com.

Our sites are used worldwide, every day by professionals and non-professionals alike. They are: Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Hockey-Reference.com, SR/College Football, SR/College Basketball, FBref.com, and Stathead.com.

Sports Reference is a relatively small company of only 31 employees. As such, interns’ work will be highly visible and have a definite and immediate impact. In addition to the projects interns will complete as members of their respective teams, interns will also participate in skill-building, career-development, and networking opportunities designed to help interns achieve their career goals. Former Sports Reference interns have gone on to a wide array of meaningful careers, including a number of front office positions.

To Apply

Please visit our jobs website at https://sports-reference-llc.breezy.hr/ to submit your resume for this position. In addition to a resume, you are required to submit your response to one of four prompts. More information on the prompts is included below.

We will start to review applications on February 3rd and will begin phone interviews the week of February 13th. We have provided a general outline of our interview process here: https://www.sports-reference.com/job-interview-process.html We do not host full interviews for internship candidates.

Our Purpose and Values

We democratize data, so our users can enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love.

We value:

To meet these expectations, we encourage team members to participate in company discussions and to share new ideas for features or potential solutions to problems.

Background

We take great pride in the Sports Reference Summer Internship program. Each year, we incorporate feedback from the previous year to ensure we are providing a valuable and relevant experience. In 2023, we will provide:

  • Meaningful project assignments that advance our company purpose;
  • Weekly programming, which last year included
    • Technical-skill seminars led by experienced members of our team,
    • Professional development activities led by a trained Job Search Coach,
    • Networking opportunities with professionals in the sports industry, and
    • Industry-relevant presentations with Sean Forman, President of Sports Reference;
  • Opportunities to bond with fellow interns; and
  • Access to all team members and the ability to participate in company discussions via Slack.

Our program is designed with undergraduate students in mind, but we welcome all applications. If you are interested in a Sports Reference Summer Internship and are more experienced, please take into consideration that we do not alter the pay or structure of our internship program to accommodate more advanced skill sets.

Positions

Sports Reference plans to welcome seven interns for summer 2023:

  • Three Data Interns
    • Goals: Complete data management projects that help us fulfill our purpose to democratize data, so our users can enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love. A highly qualified candidate will also have basic knowledge of relational databases.
  • One Engineering Intern
    • Goals: Complete development projects that help us fulfill our purpose to democratize data, so our users can enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love. Candidates should feel comfortable writing code in any language (you'll hit the ground running if you know Perl). A highly qualified candidate will also have basic knowledge of relational databases and web development.
  • Two Marketing Interns
    • Goals: Actively contribute to marketing projects that help us fulfill our purpose to democratize data, so our users can enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love. A highly qualified candidate will also have experience with 1) community management, 2) social media, OR 3) email or digital marketing.
  • One Product Intern
    • Goals: Complete product design and research projects that help us fulfill our purpose to democratize data, so our users can enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love. A highly qualified candidate will have experience working with design applications like Figma or Sketch and will also possess a strong interest in user experience research.

Applicants may apply to only one position. Any applicants who apply to more than one of the positions will not be considered.

    Qualifications and Skills

    A qualified candidate's application will demonstrate:

    • Evidence that you are capable of meeting the goals listed above, beneath the relevant position;
    • Ability to lead a project after given basic directions;
    • Desire to find correct answers, even when difficult to do so;
    • Tremendous attention to detail; and
    • A history of getting things done (and done well).

    Expectations

    • Complete assigned projects as time and skills allow
    • Continue your ongoing learning and professional development

    Salary

    Sports Reference 2023 Summer Interns will be paid at a rate of $22/hour.

    Sports Reference 2023 Summer Interns are expected to work 40 hr/week for at least nine weeks between May 30th and September 1st. We offer some flexibility for start/end date and vacation time. We generally work a standard workday, though we offer the ability to flex hours to accommodate non-work obligations.

    Other Information

    • Sports Reference's first site was launched in 2000. We have bootstrapped ourselves to 31 full-time employees and have no venture capital backing.
    • Sports Reference is a remote-first company. Sports Reference is located in Philadelphia and non-Philadelphia candidates will be considered on an equal footing to those who are local. Presently, all Sports Reference employees are working remotely at least some of the time. We have re-opened our office, but well over half of our team is full-time remote and those in Philly are in the office on days of their choosing.
    • Applicants are preferred to have a legal right to work in the United States. Please let us know in your application if you do not have the right to work in the United States. We'd have to look carefully at those cases as we have never hired a non-US-based intern.
    • We are willing to provide accommodations for candidates for whom the timing or structure of our interview process may be challenging. This may include early morning or evening interview times or provide payment to cover child care expenses if needed. If you are applying for a role where verbal communication is not a significant requirement, we may consider an alternative form of interview as is reasonably possible and suitable. Similarly if an extended period of internet connectivity is a challenge, we may consider an alternate form of interview. If we invite you to interview, please let us know of any possibly necessary accommodations.
    • Our typical interview process is described at https://www.sports-reference.com/job-interview-process.html
    • Employment at Sports Reference LLC is at-will and this position is an at-will appointment.
    • We are a corporate sponsor of Women in Sports and Tech.
    • 100% of our merchandise sales support youth sports.

    Application Prompts

    For ALL applicants, the first half of the prompt is to answer the following question:

    Why do you want to intern with Sports Reference, and why should we hire you? (200 word max)

    The second half of the prompt is related to the specific position for which you are applying. Applicants may apply to only one position. Find the prompt for the position in which you are most interested below.

    Data Intern Prompt

    Step by step, how would you tackle the following project? (This is an actual project interns have worked on in the past. You should not actually complete the project.)

    As soon as NBA teams make their draft selections, we want to input new entries into our SQL database for the drafted players. In order to do so, we will need to know their biographical information (heights, weights, birthdates, schools attended, name pronunciation, shooting hand, social handles, etc.) so that the bio section at the top of their new player pages will be as complete as possible. You have 1-2 weeks before the draft to research and prepare for draft night.

    Engineering Internship Prompt

    Please provide us with a coding solution to the following problem. You can use any high-level language that you’d like. This problem shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete. If you are finding yourself spending more time, your solution is probably too elaborate. Submit a link to the location where we can view the code (e.g., github). The solution should contain a README.md that provides an explanation to your solution.

    Given a json file that includes each team's Win-Loss records versus opponents, provide a code sample of how you would build a table displaying a matrix of head-to-head records, similar to this table. We are interested in your ability to work with data structures, loops and logic.

    Provided json data (Note: The json data provided below is just to give a visualization of the data format. The actual values are unimportant for this exercise and shouldn't need to be included in the code.):
    {

    'BRO': {

    'BSN': { 'W': 10, 'L': 12 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 15, 'L': 7 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 15, 'L': 7 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 15, 'L': 7 },

    'STL': { 'W': 11, 'L': 11 }

    },

    'BSN': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 12, 'L': 10 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 12, 'L': 10 },

    'STL': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 }

    },

    'CHC': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 7, 'L': 15 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 12, 'L': 10 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 7, 'L': 15 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 16, 'L': 6 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 },

    'STL': { 'W': 10, 'L': 12 }

    },

    'CIN': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 7, 'L': 15 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 10, 'L': 12 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'STL': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 }

    },

    'NYG': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 15, 'L': 7 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 12, 'L': 10 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 15, 'L': 7 },

    'STL': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 }

    },

    'PHI': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 6, 'L': 16 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 10, 'L': 12 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'STL': { 'W': 8, 'L': 14 }

    },

    'PIT': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 7, 'L': 15 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 10, 'L': 12 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 7, 'L': 15 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'STL': { 'W': 6, 'L': 16 }

    },

    'STL': {

    'BRO': { 'W': 11, 'L': 11 },

    'BSN': { 'W': 13, 'L': 9 },

    'CHC': { 'W': 12, 'L': 10 },

    'CIN': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'NYG': { 'W': 9, 'L': 13 },

    'PHI': { 'W': 14, 'L': 8 },

    'PIT': { 'W': 16, 'L': 6 }

    }

    }

    Results should look like:


    Marketing Internship Prompt

    Please pick ONE of the following prompts:

    1. On a daily basis, Sports Reference social media accounts are tagged thousands of times by users who use our data and tools to generate original content. What are three community marketing strategies you would use to 1) increase the number of users sharing content, 2) amplify the user generated content that is being shared and 3) cultivate a sense of community for our followers?

    2. Pick any of the sports we cover (Baseball, Pro Basketball, College Basketball, College Football, Pro Football, Hockey, and Soccer) and describe three pieces of social media content that you would create for one of those sports. They can all be for the same social media platform or you can do them for different platforms, but they should all be the same sport.

    Product Internship Prompt

    One of the areas we will be focusing our design and research efforts on this summer is exploring personalization options for the Sports Reference websites. Personalization can take on many forms—from “following” players and teams to saving preferences to customizing data tables on our sites (and everything in between and beyond).

    1. What is one form of personalization you would be excited to explore from a design perspective? (Feel free to choose one that was mentioned above.)
    2. How do you think this personalization approach would benefit the user?
    3. We often conduct interviews with our users to learn about their needs, goals, habits, and wishes. What are three questions you would like to ask a user about the personalization approach you chose? Please include a note about why you chose each question.

    Sports Reference LLC does not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, military service eligibility, veteran status, marital status, disability, membership in any other protected classes, or on the basis of sports franchise preferences.