ESPN and the AAJA Sports Task Force are pleased to offer an internship for sports journalism college students at ESPN (Bristol, CT) that will begin in the summer of 2017. The internship includes pay and housing for qualified candidates. Applications will be submitted to ESPN from the AAJA Sports Task Force.
The Application Deadline Has Passed
ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. The company is based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,000 employees (approximately 8,000 worldwide)
ESPN Internship program details
- June 2 – August 11, 2017 in Bristol, CT
- This is a paid internship – 10 weeks, 40 hours per week – Pay rates are discussed during the interview process
- Housing in a fully furnished apartment/dorm is offered for interns who live more than 50 miles from Bristol, CT
- Programming events hosted throughout the summer including: Intern Symposium, Speaker Events with ESPN leaders & networking with Recruiters for full-time positions
- The internship awardee may be placed in a Production or Editorial internship:
ESPN’S Production Department consists of three units: Studio Production, Event Production and International Production. The internship position will be involved in several phases of either department, including technical responsibilities such as operating a teleprompter during live programming and content responsibilities such as editing material for air, producing highlight content for air and preparing element reels for use by Event Production Department producers. The internship position could also be involved in joining specific show or sport staffs.
The ESPN.com Editorial intern will be responsible for editing content, with the primary focus on stories slated for the ESPN.com Page 1 index. Candidates must show proficiency in editing for grammar and AP style and should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. In addition to working directly with copy desk editors and editors in other departments daily, the internship will also provide exposure to other divisions of ESPN through job shadowing, offering an excellent opportunity for aspiring journalists to assess the inner workings of the company with an eye on potential career paths.
- Must major in journalism with an interest in pursuing a career in sports journalism.
- Must be an undergraduate or graduate student within one year of graduation. Target graduation dates are May 2017, December 2017 or May 2018.
General Application Requirements
- Cover letter
- Official transcript
- Work samples
- AAJA membership is not required but is strongly encouraged. Student membership will be required for the selected candidate.
Questions? Email AAJA Program Coordinator Justin Seiter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESPN/AAJA Sports Task Force Internship Recipients
Jackson Safon is a student at the University of Southern California studying broadcast and digital journalism. "My internship at ESPN provided me a great opportunity to learn major parts of the television industry and I'm continuing to learn this semester with my internship at The Ringer. [...] I received experience in my field of interest while also being able to pick the brains of established professionals across ESPN," Jackson says. He currently works as a video intern for The Ringer and as a producer/editor for USC Annenberg Media.
Application information will only be used internally by AAJA to promote student opportunities and for program evaluation and planning. In the application form, please indicate whether you would like to be notified of further student opportunities from AAJA, including scholarships, grants and additional journalism training. AAJA will only share your application information with appropriate ESPN selection staff.