Intern Chronicles

Intern Chronicles: Bilingual Production

Eneisy Rodriguez and Miguel Machado doing the Florida Gator "chomp" in front of a Pan Am Games sign on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus. (Kyle Van Fechtmann/ESPN)
Eneisy Rodriguez and Miguel Machado doing the Florida Gator “chomp” in front of a Pan Am Games sign on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus. (Kyle Van Fechtmann/ESPN)

For the latest edition of Intern Chronicles, Front Row sat down with the two bilingual production interns for ESPN Deportes, both of whom happen to be Florida Gators and are responsible for editing videos for a variety of ESPN International shows, such as Fuera de Juego, while also helping with the coverage of major events like the Pan Am Games. The Toronto-based Pan Am Games air on ESPN through July 26.

Eneisy Rodriguez is a University of Florida senior majoring in Telecommunications. She’s fluent in Spanish, English and can converse in French.

What type of work have you been doing for the Pan Am Games? How has that experience been?
I’ve been able to get exposed to all these different sports where I haven’t watched as frequent. It’s been a really cool thing. It’s pretty much just clipping videos and clipping interviews that happen throughout the Pan Am Games.

What has been the best part about working at ESPN?
It has always been a dream of mine to work here. Now [I’m] actually be able to see everything and see how everything operates. Seeing all the departments has been really cool, especially with ESPN International and ESPN Deportes. I’ve been switching off every week. One week I’ll do social media, other weeks it’s editing different shows, so it’s just been a really incredible experience.

What has been the most rewarding part about being at ESPN?
The most rewarding thing is just gaining experience in general. I’ve learned so much. Yeah, back in school I’ve learned but this has really helped show me how the real world is and the sports industry works. Seeing all the behind the scenes of what I’m used to watching on a daily basis has been so amazing to me.

Miguel Machado is a University of Florida graduate with a degree in Telecommunications Production. He’s fluent in Spanish, English and can converse in Portuguese.

What are your main responsibilities as a bilingual production intern?
Sometimes I work with editing, so I’m cutting videos. I’ve worked with ESPNFC and graphics as well.

What has been the best part about working here?
There’s a show they have here that I’ve been watching since I lived back home in Venezuela, Fuera de Juego. I’ve watched that show since it started. Working for it, taking a look at the studio and actually contributing to the show has been the best part.

Do you have any favorite assignments that you’ve done so far?
Yesterday it was one of the anchors’ birthdays: [analyst] Mario Kempes. He was a world champion with Argentina in 1978 and he was the leading scorer of that World Cup. It was his birthday and we bought him a cake. I was responsible for bringing the cake to him while they were filming, so now I can say I was in the show.

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