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Summer Baseball Graphic Artist

The Orange County Riptide, a collegiate wood bat summer baseball team playing games at the Great Park in Irvine, California, seeks interns with strong knowledge and understanding of graphic design, image manipulation, logo creation, motion graphics and animation.

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.

Interns chosen for this position will need strong critical thinking skills, a creative mind, ability to work in a fast paced environment, take direction easily and quickly, willingness to work nights and weekends and have a passion for the sport of college baseball.

Learning Objectives:

  • Graphic Artists will learn to design and manipulate images and graphics for use in digital media.
  • Graphic Artists will learn to create player profile images to appear on video jumbotron within the stadium.
  • Graphic Artists will learn to create stunning visuals to be shared digitally on social media channels, the OC Riptide website and on the stadium video board.
  • By the end of the internship, students should have gained exceptional knowledge in creating and distributing graphics and images in a sports entertainment environment. Should student photographers like to pursue career advancement in sports, additional networking within the Southern California sports entertainment industry is available.

Because this position requires attendance at home games, (23 games spanning from June through early August) applicants are expected to work approximately five (5) hours per game. This includes pre-game, in-game and post-game editing and creating player profile graphics and other imagery used in digital media. Interns may use graphics created during this internship for their professional portfolio.

Duties for the Graphic Artist will consist of, but are not limited to:


  • Reports directly to the General Manager
  • Work in conjunction with Sports Journalism and Digital Media interns to distribute graphics on the website and social media channels
  • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photo Shop, Lightroom or compared software program
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, very organized
  • Succeed in a team environment
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to create and edit graphics in-game, real time. 
  • Ability to be live, on-site during the season of play (June 2024 - July 2024)
  • Computer for designing and editing.

Preferred Skills

  • An online, reviewable portfolio of past work as it is related to this position.
  • Prior experience in sports-related graphic design.
  • Working knowledge of the college athletics sector. Knowledge of baseball is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of current social media trends.

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.