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A Wide Range of Internships for Undergraduate Students

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About ESPN:

Thirty years ago having a 24/7 sports network was just a dream that came to fruition through the imagination of Bill Rasmussen, founder of “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” in 1979 along with his son Scott. Since its inception, ESPN has expanded to 50 business units, with over 6,500 employees and televises to over 200 countries in 16 different languages.

Fast Company named ESPN # 16 on its list for the Most Innovative Companies for 2011. They were applauded for ”integrating new tech like a startup” which included new technologies, such as: ESPN’s 3D (the first 3D channel on cable TV), the introduction of live, streaming on-demand video content, the utilization of virtual and holographic technology in live broadcasts, and many other Network firsts. Business Week ranked Disney (parent company of ESPN) as #11 on internship opportunities for undergraduates.

Internships at ESPN run the gamut from technology to marketing and from broadcasting to digital media development. ESPN offers an opportunity to be mentored by some of the best in the industry, whether that be in sports broadcasting or in the cutting-edge technology that continually drives the business. Interning at ESPN puts you right in the thick of multimedia sports entertainment where previous relevant experience is crucial for getting a job in the industry.

Internships:

ESPN offers internships in the following areas: Production, International Production, Production Operations, Statistics and Information, Social Integration, Sales & Marketing, Digital Media Mobile, Product Support Engineer, Editor International, X Games Support, & Programming Content Associate.

Benefits:

Subsidized housing is available on a first-come first-serve basis for interns who live greater than 50 miles of work location.

Qualifications:

Recent graduates must apply for full-time positions since internships are not open to them.

  • Applicants must be currently matriculated in a degree program and in good academic standing.
  • Must be available for employment within 12 months of the internship. 10 weeks; 40 hours/week.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Intern must be able to provide his/her own transportation to and from work.

    Location(s):

    • Bristol, CT
    • New York, NY
    • Los Angeles, CA

    To Apply:

    All applicants must submit a resume online.

    Internship Pick of the Week:

    Summer Digital Media Product Development Internship

    Job Description:

    Selected intern will assist in the development and maintenance of ESPN.com, create and support internet destinations for ESPN television networks and shows, such as SportsCenter, SportsNation, ESPNU, and E:60.

    Location:

    This internship opportunity is located in Bristol, CT.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree candidate, preferably in Computer Science or a related technology field.
    • Understanding of object-oriented programming.
    • 0-2 years experience working with a structured programming language (Java, C/C++, ASP, JSP, PHP, etc.)
    • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or Flash.
    • Demonstrated ability to work on diverse projects simultaneously.
    • Self-motivated and able to work effectively in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
    • Strong communication skills and attention to detail.
    • Passion for sports desired.

    Duration:

    The Digital Media Product Development Internship is a 10 week / forty hour per week internship.

    The Internship Application Process:

    Listed below are some tips when getting ready to apply for internships. Although these tips are meant to help you, be sure to follow the complete directions that the company has listed on their website.

    When applying for internships be sure to check out Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and The 5 Ways to Improve a Resume prior to sending in your documents.

    5 Steps to Improve a Resume:

    1. Organize your information
    2. Highlight your qualifications
    3. Use bullet points to display important information
    4. Include only relevant information and remove any clutter
    5. Make sure your resume is error free

    5 Steps to Improve a Cover Letter:

    1. Address your cover letter to the right person
    2. Capture the reader's attention
    3. Make your cover letter stand out
    4. Make sure your cover letter is error free
    5. Ask for an interview at the end of your letter

    By following these 10 steps you will be well on your way to getting yourself noticed by employers in hopes of getting called for an interview. The sole purpose of a resume and cover letter is to land an interview, so the effort it takes to improve your documents is well worth the effort. Be sure to check out Alison Doyle's, About.com's Guide to Job Searching, website to pick up some valuable internship and job search tips.

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