Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States: The United States Golf Association (USGA), through its Allied Golf Associations located in every state, is providing 121 paid internships in 2018, helping to empower college students and qualified applicants with valuable experience toward a career in golf administration.
The PJ Boatwright Internship Programme, named for one of the USGA’s most respected executive directors, was founded in 1991 and has since provided more than US$28 million to fund nearly 2,400 internships at the state and regional golf association level.
Members of the class of 2018 will serve as full-time staff at 59 Allied Golf Associations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Lasting between three and 12 months, the internships provide direct exposure to managing all aspects of the game, including conducting competitions, junior golf programmes and supporting membership initiatives.
“Providing opportunities for the next generation of leaders in golf is one of the most important roles we can play as stewards of the game,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “In partnership with our AGAs, we’ve significantly expanded the reach of the programme and will continue creating meaningful pathways to employment in golf.”
Interns visited the USGA campus in New Jersey for a two-day orientation, with USGA subject-matter experts leading training sessions on topics such as championship administration, community outreach programming, course rating, agronomy, Rules, golf handicapping and partnerships.
Alumni of the Boatwright programme have advanced to successful golf careers throughout the world, including 128 current employees of state and regional golf associations, 16 current USGA staff members and many golf companies and courses throughout the country.
“The 12-month PJ Boatwright internship opportunity paved the way for my career and allowed me to build a comprehensive foundation in all areas of the business,” said Jesse Menachem, Mass Golf Executive Director and former Boatwright intern. “I’ve now had the privilege to work with several former Boatwright interns and, to this day, I’m able to lean on the network of alumni from across the entire golf industry to learn, ask questions and to share best practices.”