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Baseball Stadium Organist

The Orange County Riptide, a collegiate wood bat summer baseball team playing games at the Great Park in Irvine, California, seeks an organist with strong knowledge and understanding of music who is also a skilled keyboardist.

Please Note: This un-paid internship position will require your attendance at home games in Irvine, Calif. This is not a position that can be performed remotely.

If you are attending college outside of the Orange County, Calif. area, you must make your own living arrangements for the summer. The OC Riptide cannot provide housing for out-of-the-area interns.

In lieu of compensation, academic credit is available for this internship. Academic credit is not guaranteed and is a dependent upon your school’s requirements and terms. Check with your school's Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting the hiring offer to determine if this position satisfies the criteria for receiving academic credit.

The keyboardist chosen for this position will need a strong musical background, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, take direction easily and quickly, willingness to work nights and weekends and have a passion for music and the sport of college baseball.

Learning Objectives:

  • Stadium Organist will learn to keep baseball fans entertained with music during breaks along with pre-game and post-game entertainment.
  • Organist will learn optimal times to play music and more importantly when playing music is inappropriate.
  • Organist will develop proficiency in playing traditional songs heard in baseball stadiums on a frequent basis
  • By the end of the summer, the organist should have gained exceptional knowledge in keeping fans entertained at a sporting event and providing a balanced fan atmosphere and experience. Should this student pursue career advancement in sports, additional networking within the Southern California sports entertainment industry is available.

Because this position requires attendance at home and road games, (23 games spanning from June through early August) applicants are expected to work four (4) to five (5) hours per game. This includes pre-game, in-game and post-game playing of music and keeping fans entertained.

Ideal candidates will have memorized traditional baseball songs like "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", the "Tarantella", the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the "Charge" fanfare among other typical baseball game favorites. The ability to take popular and modern-day music and convert it to organ music is a bonus.

Duties for the Baseball Stadium Organist will consist of, but not be limited to:


  • Reports directly to the General Manager
  • Provide portable keyboard to play from press box of the OC Great Park Stadium
  • Keyboard has an organ function to sound like a traditional baseball stadium organ
  • Attend and work all 23 home games
  • Entertain fans with songs during breaks and between innings
  • Use creativity and timeliness to create a fun and active inclusive environment for fans
  • Operate music during appropriate times using family appropriate music
  • Refrain from playing music over pitches/any ball in-play
  • Be at the stadium at least 45 minutes prior to first pitch to entertain fans with organ music
  • Set-up/take down of keyboard equipment

Preferred Skills

  • Strong knowledge of music
  • Able to read music
  • Strong knowledge of songs from memory that can be played on a frequent basis and on-demand.

The Orange County Riptide Baseball Club is a 501(c)(3) and all of our internships comply with the US Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act. The OC Riptide ensures that all unpaid interns and students understand the following:

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee—and vice versa.
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions.
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit.
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar.
  5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning.
  6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern.
  7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship.