So here’s a story. I was a theater major in college. It was a lot of fun. I got to wear sweatpants to class, and instead of boring myself with useless subjects such as “Biology” and “Economics”, I took “Stage Combat” and “Clown / Physical Comedy”. I actually had three semesters of stage combat. I am certified to perform on stage with a quarterstaff, rapier and dagger.

“WHAT? WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? I NEVER ASKED FOR YOUR LIFE STORY,” you’re saying to yourself.

I’m rapping with you today because in my extracurricular time, I served as a broadcast analyst and eventually a color commentator and play by play broadcaster with my school’s hockey and baseball teams and gained incredibly valuable experience in sports broadcasting despite the fact that my school did not offer any majors or degrees in journalism. When it came time to leave college, I chose to enter into the field in which I gained extracurricular experience, not the field in which I earned a degree.

If you’re at all considering entering into a career in sports journalism, and you’re still in college, I’d like you to apply to serve as an LAKI intern / Kings beat writer for the 2013-14 season. As the exposition above notes, a journalistic background is welcome, but not necessary.

This is an internship for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful applicant must be enrolled in college throughout the entire 2013-14 season and will receive course credit, along with a leg up on their peers upon graduation. And graduation will come, by the way. College doesn’t last forever. 🙁

Advanced creative writing skills will be valued over any other ability. If you are a student that is not a member of your school’s newspaper, television or radio department, yet are still looking to enter a career in print or broadcast journalism, there is a door here open for you.

To apply for this position, click here.

Essential Duties:
-Providing comprehensive and objective reports and analysis as gained through interacting with players, coaches and other hockey figures at practices, morning skates and home games
-Developing a close and collaborative working relationship with LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen, as well as Kings employees and the broadcasters and writers that cover the Kings
-Gathering quotes during the team’s media availability and posting them along with multimedia to the LA Kings Insider platform
-Writing stories for LAKings.com
-Disseminating stories, reports and interviews via email and social media
-Assisting the digital team at LA Kings home games at STAPLES Center with photos, video, and other game day tasks when called upon

Minimum Requirements:
-Candidates must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and must be able to receive college credit for the internship
-Candidates must have knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Tumblr, Google +, Vine, etc)
-Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment
-Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong grammar
-Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills
-Ability to assist and learn 20 hours a week, including game nights
-Though a reporting background is not required, candidates must possess strong creative writing skills
-Basic knowledge of sports reporting ethics and rules
-Strong knowledge of the Kings and the sport of hockey

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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