IMPACT Handicap & Course Rating Intern

Title: IMPACT Handicap & Course Rating Intern

Location: USGA Headquarters, Liberty Corner, NJ

Position Timeframe:  May – August 2018


From the USGA Handicap System to national amateur championships, to modernizing the delivery of the game’s Rules and supporting sustainable golf course management practices, the United States Golf Association promotes the health of a game that inspires, challenges, and rewards like nothing else can.

The Handicap and Course Rating Intern will gain valuable experience in sports management by working in the Handicap Department, and learning firsthand the detailed workings of the USGA Handicap System™. You will be involved in the day to day administration and support of the USGA Handicap System and working closely with the 59 Allied Golf Associations across the United States. Whether you work in  Handicap Administration, Club Authorization, World Handicapping or Course Rating Administration, you will participate and learn about the core services that benefit golfers every day. The Handicap Department intern will also collaborate with other departments within the USGA such as Championship Administration, Scoring, and Communications to name a few.  Come join, and be a part of a department that supports a unique core service of the USGA.  

This IMPACT Internship will also feature a Professional Development focus where will have an opportunity to participate in Panel Discussions (Leadership & Former Interns), learn more about our broader organization by being exposed to "Day in the Life of" job overviews, participating in community service and social activities, and the opportunity to complete and present a capstone project for senior leaders and management.


What you can expect:

  • Assist with interacting and troubleshooting with callers who have questions/issues with the USGA Handicap System and USGA Course Rating System
  • Assist with the Club Authorization program by conducting handicap chairman interviews, and maintaining databases with seminar quiz requirements, and participating in the golf club audit process
  • Apply innovative thinking to expand the reach of the USGA Handicap System, to the golfing public and to identify new ways to engage and promote the Handicap System to golfers via social media and other digital media avenues
  • Attend regular Handicap department meetings to gain a better understanding of the department’s overall function and objectives as part of the larger USGA organization
  • Involvement in the World Handicap System (WHS) initiative by attending monthly status meetings, and working directly with the WHS Project Manager to manage WHS meeting calendar, collection of task force’s feedback, PowerPoint development, and monthly reports
  • Assist with Stroke Allocation and Par collection and/or validation from AGA golf courses to ensure Course Rating performance/accuracy  
  • Assist with inputting of Hole by Hole Course Rating data into the Course Rating program to expediate future research
  • Research golf related websites and Identify infringements of USGA trademarks and work to resolve compliance issues


What you bring to the USGA:

  • Preferred area of study include: Business, Statistics or Communications
  • General working knowledge of golf
  • Strong communication/presentation skills
  • Ideal candidate will be passionate, personable and customer-oriented, exhibiting the ability to effectively communicate on the phone and via e-mail



IMPACT Handicap & Course Rating Intern


About the USGA:

The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf worldwide. Founded in 1894, we conduct golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions includes the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit


The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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