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 2019. The internship includes pay for qualified candidates. Applications will be submitted to ESPN from the AAJA Sports Task Force.


The Deadline to Apply 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 10 - August 16, 2019 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 ideal candidate will fill a Social Media internship at ESPN, but the awardee may also be considered for a Production internship.
  • ESPN offers subsidized housing for non-local interns in Bristol, CT. Cost will be discussed during the interview.
  • $3,500 stipend which can be used towards housing and travel.



The Social Media team provides social media coverage across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The ideal candidate will be an incredibly avid social media user who is able to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment with an unquenchable thirst for learning. The intern may craft posts that are optimized to engage on these social platforms, clip and edit video and create Photoshop images for posting across various platforms. The intern will work with social media colleagues to understand the strategy behind posting on ESPN social platforms and will learn how to apply news judgment and journalistic standards to the most important sports stories of the day.


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.



  • Must major in journalism, communications or a related field 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 2019, December 2019 or May 2020.


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 is Wednesday, February 20 at 11:59pm PST. Questions? Email AAJA Program Coordinator Justin Seiter at


Past 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.