Job Posting: Reds Software Development Intern

Software Development Intern – Cincinnati Reds (Cincinnati, OH)

Department: Baseball Operations
Job Title: Software Development Intern
Reports To: Manager of Baseball Research and Analysis, Manager of Baseball Systems Development
FLSA: Hourly, Non Exempt

Job Purpose: The Cincinnati Reds are currently seeking a Baseball Operations Software Development Intern. This position reports to the Baseball Operations staff and will assist in the development and operation of the department’s player information and evaluation system. This position requires strong statistical, database management, and software development skills and experience, as well as a demonstrated ability for independent thought and for working within a team framework.

Expectations:

– Adhere to Cincinnati Reds organization policies and procedures
– Act as a role model within and outside the Cincinnati Reds organization
– Perform duties as workload necessitates
– Demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload
– Meet department productivity standards

Duties/Expectations: Responsible for, but not limited to the following:

– Work with Baseball Operations staff to develop and implement statistical and scouting databases and front-end graphical user interfaces
– Design stored procedures and views for baseball operations database systems using Microsoft SQL Server
– Develop applications using Microsoft C# and other relevant tools using industry best practices.
– Participate in the testing that is required before development programs are moved to production.
– Continue to identify features and functions to be incorporated into the baseball operations database system, including solicitation of feedback from Baseball Operations staff to evaluate system and prioritize additions/improvements
– Share responsibility for training staff on use of system, including in-person training and development and maintenance of a reference manual
– Provide ongoing support and troubleshooting of system, including upgrades to take advantage of new technology and data feeds from 3rd party providers
– Potentially develop applications for Apple and Android devices

Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:

– Completion of or working toward a degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent
– Development experience in a Microsoft environment utilizing ASP.NET, C#.Net and JavaScript, VB Script, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, and a current release SQL-based database, preferably Microsoft SQL Server 2008
– Ability to design and implement complex database structures using SQL Server tools
– Experience integrating multiple data sources, formats and media into a single application
– Working familiarity with advanced mathematical and statistical concepts, including experience implementing statistical models, simulations, derivations and graphical representations into software applications (Experience with R programming language a plus)
– Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access and Visual Basic for Applications
– Ability to communicate effectively with all aspects of Baseball Operations, Scouting and Player – Development staffs and understand their job functions and subsequent software needs
– Passion for baseball, strong intellectual curiosity and ability to work within team framework?

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Please Note:

– This is a seasonal, internship opportunity and no benefits will be provided.

Disclaimer:
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. The above description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Additional duties, as assigned, may become part of the job function. The duties listed above is, therefore, a partial representation not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Have you completed or are you working toward a degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent?
2. Do you have development experience in a Microsoft environment utilizing ASP.NET, C#.Net and JavaScript, VB Script, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, and a current release SQL-based database?
3. Do you have working familiarity with advanced mathematical and statistical concepts, including experience implementing statistical models, simulations, derivations, and graphical representations into software applications?
4. Are you willing and able to relocate to Cincinnati?

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tyler
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tyler
4 years 4 months ago

It seems like they aren’t entirely confident with that last minimum requirement

I am a Red Sux Fan
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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

I was out there during the riots at the turn of the last century. If you were white you were dead.

chuckb
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chuckb
4 years 4 months ago

I noticed that, too. Maybe it’s fitting since Jocketty got fired from his gig with the Cards for being, shall we say, hostile to the stats guys and “numbers crunchers” in the organization (read: Luhnow, Jeff — current Astros GM).

Ron
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Ron
4 years 4 months ago

I’m Ron Burgundy?

Paul
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Paul
4 years 4 months ago

I read it as:
Let’s pay a guy with high education, high skills (double major in Computer Sciences and quantitative maths, knowledge of Sabermetrics) with an intern salary and no benefits just because he’ll get the chance to be inside a MLB franchise.
That’s a joke.

We talking about a guy that would make at leask $80k elsewhere, and even more in the bay aera. People that know both software development and quantitative maths are in high demand.

Prashanth Francis
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4 years 4 months ago

To be fair, we’re talking about an internship. This sounds pretty standard for most internships in the business world. It’s entirely possible that the pay is commensurate with other internships and, furthermore, it’s likely that excellent performance during the internship will be rewarded with a salary position with benefits.

Paul
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Paul
4 years 4 months ago

That my point: it says internship but the requirements are really pointing to an experienced guy:
“Development experience ”
“Ability to design and implement complex database structures ”
“Experience integrating multiple data sources”
“Working familiarity with advanced mathematical and statistical concepts”
“Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access and Visual Basic”Applications

MG
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MG
4 years 4 months ago

Interns are rarely awarded full-time positions after completion especially since the economic downturn in ’08. Why hire someone who just has internship experience when you get someone who has at least a few years experience and a more proven track record at the same cost?

This is a cost-savings move and nothing more.

Synovia
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Synovia
4 years 4 months ago

Nobody who has the skillset requested is someone in school.

This is a job that is asking for skills that are worth big money. And they’re not paying.

John Thacker
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John Thacker
4 years 4 months ago

Nothing in the description rules out several people I knew when I was an undergrad, including myself. So I question the assertions of some on this thread. Someone finishing their junior year could easily qualify.

Eric
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Eric
4 years 4 months ago

This job is clearly more for gaining experience in the field, and is for someone who is currently in school studying these topics. Not for someone who already has experience and a degree. This is to provide hands on job experience for resumes when applying for a job after obtaining your degree.

NatsFan73
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NatsFan73
4 years 4 months ago

“… just because he’ll get the chance to be inside a MLB franchise….”

Yup. The big unpaid benefit is being able to go to sleep at night with a smile on your face because you work for a MLB team. That’s worth a significant salary trade off to plenty of people.

tyler
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tyler
4 years 4 months ago

plus it’s with the reds. if you perform well for a short amount of time you can count on a lucrative, multi-year contract that goes against the team’s best interest

MG
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MG
4 years 4 months ago

Then their a chump. Hiring for this position is expensive and tough and a large firm such as Accenture or Deloitte wouldn’t even take it because the $$$ aren’t large enough.

MG
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MG
4 years 4 months ago

Nailed it. Really disgusts to see more and more large US corps increasingly interns really because it is a cost-savings move.

This is minimum an 80k position on the market place and probably more because people with the BI and math skills to pull this off are in short demand in almost every vertical.

CharlieW
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CharlieW
4 years 4 months ago

I dont care if companies want to use interns, but they are not going to get the same quality of work usually. Its the same as outsourcing development to India or Guatamala. Cheaper yes. But is the trade off worth it? My experience is that it is not usually worth it, although can be somewhat useful in the right situation.

CharlieW
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CharlieW
4 years 4 months ago

Agreed. Doubt they will find many who have this experience and willing to work at internship level pay (although, I dont know what that would amount to).

Brad
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Brad
4 years 4 months ago

A lot of people would do this for free just to work for a club.

Not something I would do though

CharlieW
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CharlieW
4 years 4 months ago

If someone has these skills, I really doubt they would do this work for free.

Synovia
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Synovia
4 years 4 months ago

Anyone with the skills to do this job has bills to pay, and can’t afford to do it for free.

John Thacker
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John Thacker
4 years 4 months ago

Really? Because I had experience with database development, R (and S-plus), software development, server administration, mathematical models, mathematical analysis, and an interest in baseball when I was working towards my Math and Computer Science major as an undergrad.

The requirements don’t seem that outlandish to me.

busch
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busch
4 years 4 months ago

@JohnThacker Yeah, but you are a lot better than everyone else.

Grand Admiral Braun
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Grand Admiral Braun
4 years 4 months ago

What the job posting fails to mention is the weekly task of cleaning Dusty Baker’s Apple II with Windex and a rag.

nik
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nik
4 years 4 months ago

Probably has a busted cord from overuse.

Okra
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Okra
4 years 4 months ago

I thought internships involve filing, making coffee, and other mindless tasks? They’re really shooting for the stars on this one.

Keith
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Keith
4 years 4 months ago

This is standard. Most companies “require” some laundry list of abilities and achievements for entry-level type positions in which 99% of applicates will be very deficient. It’s just dumb HR/manager wish listing, probably in part to prevent people who’s last job was waiting tables at Applebees from applying. They’ll higher some college kid who’s only got an intership or two, programs for fun, and thinks baseball is neat.

CharlieW
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CharlieW
4 years 4 months ago

This is true, but I still find it hard to call this intern work.

Jason H
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Jason H
4 years 4 months ago

“While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear.”

I love this part of the ad!!!!

Jim Lahey
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Jim Lahey
4 years 4 months ago

Sounds like an Onion posting with that whole “While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear.”

Steve
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Steve
4 years 4 months ago

Remember to set an end-date, Reds. Interns tend to linger. That’s how I got my job.

Ryan D.
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Ryan D.
4 years 4 months ago

They should hire full-time and pay a real salary with benefits, most MLB teams pay front office staff below market and overwork them. You might be able to get someone with a mktg degree to work for peanuts, but not people with complex skillsets.

I doubt an engineer or IT guy would even consider it.

John
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John
4 years 4 months ago

Plus the Reds have only hired one intern in like the last 5 years. Great for them to have this position but bottom line is it’s probably not worth taking for most people. That and Cincinnati sucks.

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