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Intern Chronicles: What Happens During The ESPN Intern Symposium?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Once again this summer, Front Row’s Intern Chronicles series showcases some of ESPN’s summer interns. For more information on ESPN Internships, visit the ESPN Careers site.

The recent Intern Symposium was the culmination of a summer filled with unforgettable experiences. ESPN Summer Interns from the Los Angeles, D.C., and New York offices traveled to the Bristol, Conn., headquarters for the annual event – a day focused on learning, development and networking.

“Through the Symposium, we hope that interns will gain a better understanding of work that is happening outside of their own department and take away a deeper knowledge of our company priorities overall,” said Amy Bennett, senior recruiter, Campus Recruitment. “And we hope that what resonates is the full support of this internship program, and each of these interns, by our company leaders as we want this internship to be just the start of their ESPN/Disney careers.”


Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Lynn Matthews welcomes the interns to the symposium.

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A panel of former interns-turned-full-time employees discuss their journeys to their current roles. They offer tips on networking and how to get the most out of this internship experience. (L to R): Katie Hughes, Megan Baldwin, Taylor Gunn, Alex Gabriele, Morgan Ainslie, Deontre Gray, Rusheel Shah.

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The interns celebrate ESPN8: The Ocho with a fun slate of activities. Here, Mike Golic Jr. plays a highly competitive game of Spikeball with Maddy Cooper (L), Mary-Payne Dillard (C) and Caroline Bynum.

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(L to R) Myka Rodriguez, Taylor Maggiore and Yash Bhika enjoy their free ESPN swag.

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The interns contribute to ESPN’s 40,000 Acts Of Service initiative by painting Disney murals for children’s hospitals.

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Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Paul Richardson, addresses the interns before he introduces ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro.

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Pitaro has a conversation with the interns. They discuss his career path and insight into the future of ESPN/media as a whole. He offers advice on how to succeed in such a competitive industry.

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Pitaro joins the interns for a group photo.

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SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt shares incredible stories from his time at ESPN and expresses the importance of living your best life – both in and out of the office. He encourages every intern to “find your voice.”

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