ESPN and the AAJA Sports Task Force offers a joint internship for sports journalism college students at ESPN that will begin in the summer of 2021. The internship includes pay for qualified candidates. Applications will be submitted to ESPN from the AAJA Sports Task Force.
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
- Remote internship between June 7 – August 13, 2021.
- 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 speaker events with ESPN leaders & networking with Recruiters for full-time positions and attendance at AAJA’s annual conference.
- The ideal candidate will fill a Social Media internship at ESPN.
- Selected intern will receive a $3,500 stipend.
Social Media Internship Description
The Social Media team provides social media coverage across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. 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.
- 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 2021, December 2021 or May 2022.
- Cover letter
- Official transcript
- Work samples
- AAJA membership is not required but is strongly encouraged. Student membership will be required for the selected candidate.
Paulina Jeng is an experienced video journalist and producer, skilled in both on- and off-camera video content creation as well as audio, digital, and print production. “Earning [the ESPN internship] through a special selection process initiated by the Asian American Journalism Association (AAJA), I had the unique opportunity to integrate myself as a segment producer on our daily Snapchat shows. Outside of my daily work on the Snapchat team, I also gained knowledge about other ESPN operations through rotations with the DTCI, Editing, and ESPN China teams.
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.