USA Hockey today announced it is accepting applications for the fourth annual Brian Fishman Internship, to be awarded to an outstanding college graduate who is pursuing a career in athletic media relations. The internship is named in honor of the late Brian Fishman, who served as the Manager, Communications and Marketing for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 1998-99 season.
Brian passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 1999 at age 28.
Brian’s responsibilities with USA Hockey included coordinating on-site media relations, marketing, sales and promotional activities for the National Team Development Program, which is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Prior to joining USA Hockey, Brian worked for three years in the Athletic Media Relations Department at the University of Michigan.
“This internship is a fitting tribute to Brian’s memory, because he enjoyed helping younger people improve their media skills and excel in this profession,” said Barry Fishman (Potomac, Md.), Brian’s father. “Through this living memorial, we hope to perpetuate Brian’s great spirit and enthusiasm for life. The drive, passion and work ethic he demonstrated every day of his life; his honesty; his incredible love of ice hockey; and his concern for others will be forever remembered.”
Based in the Media and Public Relations Department at USA Hockey’s National Office in Colorado Springs, Colo., the internship will call for assistance with various media and public relations projects, and event promotions and publishing initiatives. This includes work with American Hockey Magazine, the official publication of USA Hockey and the world’s most widely circulated hockey magazine. The internship term is 10 months, beginning this September and concluding next June.
Successful candidates will have gained substantial experience working in their college or university sports information office. Preference also will be given to those who have earned an undergraduate degree in journalism, English, communications, sports management or a related field. Applicants should represent the high ideals characterized by Brian in both the personal and professional aspects of his life, including determination, integrity and enthusiasm.
The recipient of The Brian Fishman Internship will be chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the print and broadcast media; USA Hockey and its National Team Development Program; the National Hockey League; and several collegiate athletic departments. Applications must be received by USA Hockey no later than Monday, April 8. Those interested should forward a completed application form, current resume, list of references and samples of work produced.
Applicants must also submit a brief essay (400-500 words) in which they detail their interest in The Brian Fishman Internship and relate their personal and professional characteristics to those that were reflective of Brian, including determination, integrity and a love of hockey.
Following a review by the selection committee, the successful candidate will be notified by Monday, April 29.
To make a contribution to help perpetuate the internship through The USA Hockey Foundation, please contact Cindy Merkle at (719) 576-8724, ext. 165.
For more information, please contact USA Hockey Media Relations, (719) 576-8724 Cassy Maxton, ext. 172 or Yariv Amir, ext. 151 or visit www.usahockey.com.