Myrlande Demosthene is a senior at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is majoring in Rhetoric and Communications with a minor in Business Administration. Myrlande is an Affiliate Intern who works directly with the digital video distribution team at ESPN’s New York City offices.
What is it like being an ESPN intern in New York City?
Saying that I am having an amazing time here is an understatement. I am a native of New York, so I am used to the fast-paced life style here in New York City. I often shadow meetings and try to lend my opinion as much as I can. I am lucky to work with such a great team because they’re very big on brainstorming and they really appreciate my input.
When Myrlande returns to school this fall, she will be entering her fourth year as a student manager of Albany’s football team.
What has been your most memorable project?
I’m currently working on some of the new platforms, such as wearable technology and seeing where ESPN fits in the market place. We’re in an era where a lot of people aren’t really subscribing to their television and students are deciding they want the Rokus and the Apple TVs.
What do your duties as the manager of UAlbany’s football team entail?
I do a myriad of tasks, from taking offensive/defensive/special team stats to assisting with game day-to-day operations — whether it’s making sure we have rental cars, communicating with the airport for some of our away games, or even making sure we have food for everyone. We have about 100 guys, that’s a lot. I make certain that I can lend a helping hand so that all of that runs smooth.
What role did you play in launching UAlbany’s new football stadium, Bob Ford Field?
I was a liaison between director of operations and senior management. I was making sure that I was available and visible to help out in any facet necessary. I helped give my opinion from a student perspective on how the stadium could appeal to the fans. On our stadium launch date, I ensured our sponsors were happy, the ticket operations were running smoothly, and that there were a lot of giveaways keeping the fans happy. It was an 8,500-seat, sold-out stadium.