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IMS Golf & Grounds Intern, 2022 Season

DURATION:  May-August 2022. Very flexible on start and end dates to accommodate school curriculum. If available, Interns may start anytime in the Spring or stay later than August.

Brickyard Crossing is a unique golf course, located on the property of the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The golf course was redesigned in 1993 by Golf Course Architect Pete Dye, situating 4 holes inside the motor speedway. Having a golf course intertwined with a major racing venue creates a unique work experience. The Golf Course Management Department is responsible for preparing a championship conditioned golf course, while also maintaining the chemical and irrigation program for the entire motor speedway. IMS plays host to major events every year, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis 500, and the Brickyard 400. Being tied in with IMS provides many logistical and scheduling challenges, however it also opens the door for resources that are unique to many golf courses.

Be a part of the team that maintains the most unique turf and landscape in sports. The Golf and Grounds Department of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is responsible for maintaining the turf and landscape of the historic motor speedway, including the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. Brickyard Crossing, designed by architect Pete Dye, features 4 holes inside the motor speedway and has the unique distinction of having hosted PGA, Senior PGA, and LPGA Tour events. Under the Ground Managers supervision, Interns will participate in the overall planning and maintenance of both IMS grounds and golf course maintenance. Perspective interns should have the goal of working as a Golf Course Superintendent or in the Sports Business or Management industry. This is a hands-on learning experience intended with optional extracurricular activities to help the candidate grow professionally. This is a flexible internship; begin and end dates can be adjusted along with daily work schedules to accommodate school curriculum or other situations. 
  • Be a part of the unique preparations and event execution of the Month of May concluding with the Indianapolis 500 and other events from the facilities and grounds management perspective. 
  • Under the guidance of the Golf & Grounds leadership team, participate in the planning, carrying out, and follow up of all agronomic practices performed on the IMS campus.
  • Assist in all aspects of maintaining a championship level golf course.
  • Experience the continuation of a campus wide and golf course modernization projects. 
  • Assist the Irrigation Coordinator in maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing an irrigation system with over 5,000+ irrigation heads.
  • Assists Assistant Grounds Managers in scheduling, conducting tasks, and follow up of projects.
  • Assist in the calibration and application of plant protection products and fertilizers. 
  • Assists in community outreach project maintaining properties of active-duty military families. 
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the company and the Vision, Mission and Values.
  • Complete regular ‘Career Advancement Assignments’ to strengthen resume moving forward. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities

  • Currently pursuing, or graduated with, a degree in Golf Course Management, Turfgrass Management, Sports Management, or related fields.
  • Candidate must possess positive attitude, strong work ethic, attention to detail, eagerness to learn and organizational skills. 
  • High integrity, strong people skills, and effective communication skills.
  • Innovative thinker and self-starter with perseverance to work on a team to succeed.
  • Requires valid driver's license.
Benefits for Interning with IMS 
  • Experience the unique, behind the scenes history of the 100+ year Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Gain experience in preparing for, hosting, and wrap up of major racing and golf events including the Indianapolis 500 and the INDYCAR/NASCAR double header race weekend.  
  • Uniform polos provided + golfing privileges.
  • Ticket Accommodations for all IMS sponsored events.
Travel/Work Hours
  • Typical start time is 6:00am but may vary due to event demands.
  • A full schedule requires 40+ hours per week, including one weekend day during event/golf season. 
  • Voluntary overtime is available with many individuals working up to 60 hours per week during event season.
  • Flexible schedules can be made to accommodate students enrolled in classes and other special circumstances.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Employee is regularly required to talk and listen
  • Employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms
  • The position involves walking or standing for long periods of time throughout the day
  • The position requires lifting, up to 50 pounds

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee will frequently 
  • work outdoors, which requires physical strength and stamina to endure extreme heat, cold, rain and other adverse weather conditions
  • The employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment can be loud, due to professional racing events and mowing equipment. 

Penske Entertainment provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Company complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities and/or events.