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  • 2012 Fall Intern Opportunity

    Aug 2, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Arkansas, Athens, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC football writers, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    It’s that time again!  Gridiron Belles—the lifestyle guide to football in Dixie—is looking for fall 2012 interns to join our team.

    We are taking Gridiron Belles (and her sister magazine, SouthernLeague), to the bestseller list this year so we need the best team of brilliant Southerners that the SEC can provide!

    Qualifications: Gridiron Belles and SouthernLeague Magazine are seeking upperclassmen and graduate students at SEC universities, both male and female. Preference will be given to those majoring in: journalism, PR, sports marketing, fashion, photography, creative writing or English.  Interns must be self-starters. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about life in the south, adept at writing short nonfiction pieces, and socially engaging.  Experience in publishing is preferred, but not required.

    Job Description: Each intern must commit 5-10 hours per week, beginning August 27, 2012 and ending in January 2013. This is an unpaid internship with an opportunity for employment based on growth of the company. Duties will include:

    • Creating and executing social media strategies
    • Writing and managing weekly updates for online publications, including interviews and photographs
    • Creating organized Excel sheets of research
    • Vendor relations- following up with inventory of stores and potential ad sales
    • Planning, organizing and promoting PR events, book signings and tailgates on your campus

    How to Apply: Complete the attached application and submit to by 9 A.M. CT on Monday, August 20 2012.

    Looking forward to hearing from y’all soon!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • Cooler Painting: A Southern Tradition

    Apr 24, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Uncategorized

    Nothing tells his friends that he "frats hard" like a " ' Merica cooler."

    Coolers have always been a must-have for fraternity boys on game days, spring break and weekend parties at the house. It has become a Southern tradition for girls to paint their men coolers for all types of occasions, especially for formals.  And every once in a while, we paint one for ourselves!

    Your beau wear bow ties? Of course he does!

    Getting asked to a gents formal in the South is a cause for celebration. In return, for what is to be a fun-filled and ever so memorable evening of events, the belles paint their dates coolers.

    14. It makes us all proud.

    The girls take pride in their coolers, making sure their date is fully satisfied. The girls paint anything from Southern Tide and Patagonia to their date’s favorite alcohol brand and fraternity’s flag. Even though it isn’t spoken about, the girl’s compare their coolers to every other cooler they see. It’s a silent competition to see which girl went above and beyond their dates and this unique southern tradition’s expectations.

    This is the equivalent to a man's monogram. Put their name in a beer logo and you just might be asked back to next year's formal.

    Guy Harvey, Vineyard Vines, and Fraternity Letters are among the popular things painted on the guy’s coolers.

    Enough said.

    The Confederate/Fraternity Flag are also very popular on the Southern Gent’s coolers. Also putting your date’s name or fraternity’s name into a well known emblem such as alcohol, hunting and Southern clothing companies’ logos.

    For the ultimate Tweeter...? #OrMaybeHeJustParties?

    Since Old South usually lasts all weekend, you need a very large cooler!









    If the painting coolers tradition has fallen by the wayside at your school, there is no better time to bring it back!  If this tradition is running full force on your campus, use these pictures as some inspiration.  Consider this a belles “pre-thank-you-note–” because with works of art like this accompanying you and your date to formal, how could it not be a fun time that he’ll always remember?
    This post was written by Gridiron Belles intern, Caroline Whorton, from Ole Miss.

  • Are away games worth the trip? Absolutely.

    Apr 10, 2012 CATEGORIES: Florida, Georgia, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, UGA, Uncategorized

    “You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does.”-Tom Petty

    Tom Petty was right, you know. College does end. The “best days of our life” last around four years for most, five or six for some. And so, although I was raised under a conservative roof by very financially-responsible parents, I am using my four years to play the college card and follow Tom Petty’s advice. I am typically cautious with my wallet and protective of my time, but there’s one weekend every year in which I surrender all my worries for a greater cause…


    The GA/FL game is always played on the last weekend of October. The University of Georgia has a one-day fall break the Friday before the game, when a majority of the student population relocates to St. Simons Island, Georgia. “Frat Beach,” as it has come to be known, is the perfect place to prepare or “pregame” (as we college students like to say) for the big game on Saturday.

    St. Simons, an easy 1.5 hour drive from Jacksonville, is the prime spot for UGA students to stay before and after the game. Houses are rented, condos are packed to the max (and beyond), and restaurant lines are outrageous from Thursday night to Sunday morning. SSI hot spots like Crab Trap, Mullet Bay, Barbara Gene’s, Brogen’s and Gnat’s Landing are the obvious dinner favorites, but nothing—I repeat, nothing—compares to the lines at Chick-fil-a on Saturday morning. A chicken biscuit is the perfect start to a true Southerner’s game day experience.

    Frat Beach

    Chick-fil-a, though, can also be found in Athens or at home, which is perhaps why some students opt out of the infamous GA/FL road trip.  It’s easy to understand why an away game would not be an affordable priority for all students, especially in today’s economy with such high gas prices.  But, if you follow Tom Petty’s advice to “spend money you don’t have” just this once, I guarantee you won’t regret it. Memories trump money any day of the week. And a little hard work to earn some extra cash never hurt anyone…just saying.

    DAWGS win!

    GA/FL budget (when sharing costs with friends):
    Hotel: $250
    Food & Beverages: $200
    Gas: $60
    Ticket: $80
    Beating Florida (24-20): PRICELESS

    This post was written by a Gridiron Belles intern, Darby Thompson, from the University of Georgia


  • Meet the Interns!

    Apr 6, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football

    Gridiron Belles is proud to be debuting a new project this August.  To help with the preparations, I have hired 11 phenomenal interns from across the SEC.  These students are ambitious, smart, hilarious, southernly-gifted, and are in-tune with the happenings on SEC campuses.  I couldn’t be happier with the talent on the Gridiron Belles team.

    You can meet them here.

    Starting next week, the Gridiron Belles interns will be contributing blog posts so that you can get to know them a little better before August.   If you have a topic you want to hear about from a student’s perspective, let us know!  Otherwise, just enjoy and share what you are about to read from a collegiate co-ed’s perspective on life in the SEC.

    Because, after all, isn’t/wasn’t college the greatest 4-7 years of our lives?

    Hope you’re drinking an Arnold Palmer and wearing a green jacket!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • Looking for Spring Gridiron Belles Interns!

    Jan 24, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Uncategorized

    If you are a sophomore or junior at an SEC school, a member of a Greek organization and interested in an internship revolving around SEC football, Gridiron Belles has the opportunity for you!

    The next Gridiron Belles project is underway and it needs the expertise of literary, marketing and entrepreneurial SEC co-eds. Interns will work on a team of 6 students (three belles and three gents) per SEC school to write football related articles, conduct SEC fan interviews, photograph SEC traditions, create SEC fashion, contact local business,provide market research analysis pertaining to SEC students and fans, and serve as a Gridiron Belles ambassador.

    The 5-15 hr per week  internship will begin March 6 and conclude August 15, 2012 with a performance-based option to continue through the 2012 Gridiron Belles Fall Tour.

    Applicant must be:

    • Well versed in campus game day traditions
    • A talented writer
    • Able to connect with local businesses
    • Team oriented
    • Organized
    • Responsible
    • Savvy with social media

    To apply, please answer the following questions and submit your answers along with a copy of your resume to by 8pmET on Wednesday February 8, 2012.

    1.     Please describe your favorite SEC game day tradition.

    2.     What is your favorite SEC match up?

    3.     What are the most important characteristics of being a Southern Belle and a Southern Gentleman?

    4.     What are 10 local businesses near your campus that are “must-haves” for game day?  Restaurants, clothing stores, local grocery, etc.?

    5.     What are the latest fashion trends for Belles and Gents on SEC game day?

    6.     Have you read Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie?

    7.     Who do you most identify with, Warren St. John, Chad Gibbs or Clay Travis? Why?

    8.     If you had to promote a new Gridiron Belles project, what would your social media plan be?

    9.     Please describe in detail, a project you have worked on start to finish. What did you learn about yourself during this process? What lessons will you take from that project and apply to the next Gridiron Belles project?

    10.     What quote best describes you?

    Thank you for your interest in Gridiron Belles. Selected interns will be posted on Tuesday, February 28. Good luck!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh