Meet three of ESPN International’s interns. All three have had the opportunity to take on unique tasks within their respective departments, taking their bilingualism above and beyond.
– Hana Farahat, Intern, ESPN International
Eduardo Gonzalez-Guevara, University of Missouri — International Production:
Gonzalez-Guevara spent 17 years in Puerto Rico before moving to New Orleans to complete his undergraduate degree at Loyola University. He is continuing his education at Missouri.
“I’ve always wanted to use my Spanish-speaking and writing abilities for my job, so when this opportunity came to work with ESPN International, I had to jump on it. I know another language, and I’ve never really taken advantage of it. In my position, I get to translate interviews and create graphics in Spanish. E, S, P, and N are the single most powerful four letters you can imagine if you want to go start your career in the sports world. It’s not just about the name though — it’s about the tasks they let you take on here. The first day, they’re giving me these things that they actually need. It’s not just about keeping me busy.”
Hana Farahat, Yale University – International On-Air Promotion:
A native of Egypt who speaks English, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish fluently, Farahat had the chance to visit her current home in Brazil for a weekend during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“I’ve grown up in seven different countries [Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela, Egypt, Brazil, U.S.]. Naturally, sports is something that tied them all together and ESPN had a strong presence in all of them. My visit to Brazil during the World Cup was amazing. Everyone had such a great energy — people showed a lot of passion towards the World Cup. People ask me why I left Brazil the summer of the World Cup, but I tell them ESPN, with its exclusive coverage, is the one other place I would want to be besides Brazil.”
Santiago Montiel, Michigan State University — International Production:
Born and raised in Mexico, Montiel utilizes his Spanish-speaking skills at his internship every day.
“Growing up in Mexico, I’ve seen ESPN International grow since they were founded and seen the development that’s happened through these 10 years. With the World Cup this year, I knew it was something I really wanted to work in and experience. ESPN is growing and has an enormous brand in Mexico. I love my position because I edit for this program called Fuera De Juego that I grew up admiring in Mexico. Day-to-day, I help edit b-roll video, prepare the show, help [run the teleprompter], and translate some of the interviews.”