Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed as much as $40 billion in revenue by 2020. As the eSports provider for over 8,000 game developers, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. We do this by integrating our unique layer of code directly into a mobile app, which activates our end-to-end tournament administration and other important features like player matching, anti-cheating mechanisms, customer support and a built-in loyalty program. Using our patented technology stack, we've already hosted more than 500 million tournaments for 15 million players around the world. Skillz has raised over $53 million in funding from sources including Telstra, Liberty Global, and the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we're looking for savvy, driven and enthusiastic teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you're excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with cutting-edge technology, Skillz just might be for you! Our Culture:
We are true believers in electronic sports, so don't be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Super Mario Kart to Codenames over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business. Not a "gamer"? Don't worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don't involve games. We're working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a "do whatever it takes" mentality, and frankly, we get the job done! Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person's voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding and building successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we'd love to meet you. What You'll Do:
The PR Intern will receive valuable public relations experience in a fast-paced startup environment with an industry-leading company. You should be excited to work alongside our team here, helping to tell the story of the future of electronic sports. From media inquiries to our online brand presence, the role of the PR Intern combines traditional media with new forms of communication. The ideal candidate should have a bit of public relations, marketing or journalism experience and be eager to learn and grow their skill set in this hands-on role that will truly impact the business. We're looking for someone with a passion for PR and social media, excellent analytical and organizational skills, and a strong interest in communications. Specific Duties Include:
Work closely with the Communications Lead to coordinate on speaking engagements, media outreach, messaging, goals, timing and targets. Field incoming requests, draft pitches and media lists, and potentially own select media contacts during outreach. Identify speaking opportunities, interact with event organizers, help draft submissions and presentations, and assist in managing the PR calendar. Implement innovative PR narratives through concept development, data mining, creative asset management, content creation, and reporting metrics. Optimize Skillz social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog through content development, creative assets, promotions, timing, and individualized social platform initiatives. Collaborate with internal and external partners for any additional PR assets, including our PR agency, marketing analytics team, graphic designers, etc. Analyze media coverage and PR campaign performance for company-wide reporting and increased awareness. Your Skillz:
0-2 years of PR experience. You've preferably completed some or all of the following duties: drafting strategic media lists and pitches, speaking event research and submissions, media outreach and correspondence, social media account management and briefing documents for press interviews. Knowledge, passion and heavy usage of social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Extremely detail-oriented and organized, with experience using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint along with Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Presentations. Self starter with a proactive and analytical mindset. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a knack for creative writing and storytelling. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment while maintaining a positive attitude, sense of humor and desire to learn. College graduate with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, English or business preferred.