ESPN/AAJA Sports Task Force Internship


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 2018. The internship includes pay for qualified candidates. Applications will be submitted to ESPN from the AAJA Sports Task Force.


The 2018 Application Deadline Has Passed


About ESPN

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 11 - August 17, 2018 in Bristol, CT 
  • This is a paid internship – 10 weeks, 40 hours per week – Pay rates are discussed during the interview process
  • 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:


Production Internship

The Production Department produces content for ESPN’s family of networks that fans can watch on television, their computer, tablet or smart phone; examples include SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and NFL Live. The Production intern may have content responsibilities such as screening games, editing material for air & producing highlight content. The intern may also research, write and disseminate ideas for future content elements on ESPN platforms.


Editorial Internship

The  Editorial intern will be responsible for editing content, with the primary focus on stories slated for the Page 1 index or for ESPN The Magazine. 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 2018, December 2018 or May 2019.


General Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript
  • References
  • Work samples
  • AAJA membership is not required but is strongly encouraged.  Student membership will be required for the selected candidate.

The application deadline was Friday, March 2 at 11:59pm PST. Questions? Email AAJA Program Coordinator Justin Seiter at


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.