As summer closes, the majority of ESPN interns return to school to finish their degrees. Recently graduated interns are often encouraged to apply for ESPN jobs. A primary goal of the internship program is to hire interns as full-time employees.
ESPN’s internship program helps students develop their skills by handling real-time projects like filming SC on Snap, editing highlights and drafting press releases. By developing a multitude of skills coupled with opportunities to shadow various professionals, interns are well-equipped to transition to full-time roles within the company.
Production intern Tyler Pickle and social content production intern Campbell Payne landed full-time jobs in the departments in which they interned. Pickle accepted a position as a production assistant with the Content Associate Program while Payne was hired as a content associate supporting the Social team. Other interns, like Brad Ross and Cameron Seward, took positions with different divisions. Ross interned with ESPN Films and took a job with the Creative Services department as a designer; Seward interned with the Fan & Media Intelligence team and then accepted a full time position as an associate TV account manager.
ESPN has hired four summer interns with several others interviewing for positions. Front Row asked the first four new hires from the summer 2018 intern class to share the primary lessons they learned.
1. “I was able to take some skills that I already had and bring them into an environment where I could get better every day with the help of everyone on my Films team. My manager, Brian D’Ostilio, has been instrumental in allowing me to take on projects on my own and execute them. I really appreciate the trust he has shown in me to go out and learn with the projects.” – Ross, College of the Holy Cross, political science major
2. “I was very well prepared to learn the different systems that TV Advertising Operations uses to satisfy our internal and external client’s needs. I acquired that through the process of learning the many different systems that the Fan & Media Intelligence team uses to track and analyze how ESPN’s content is performing.” – Seward, Georgetown, sociology major
3. “I feel prepared for a full-time job because I’ve never been treated as anything less [than a full-timer]. We were held to the same standard as if we were a [full-time] part of the team. With that came the opportunity to showcase our work to tons of viewers and get a hands-on perspective with what works and what doesn’t on Social.” – Payne, UNC, broadcast journalism major
4. “I think the biggest skill I enhanced this summer was simply my communication. Communication is often a forgotten skill in our industry, but it’s arguably the most important. Learning to work hand in hand with the most talented and creative people in the world is no easy task and definitely took some practice, but my internship helped me drastically improve in this area.” – Pickle, Texas A&M, sport management major