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2017 Stuart Scott Internship
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ESPN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will continue their relationship by offering an internship at ESPN that resumes in the summer of 2017. The internship will be offered in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. The longtime ESPN anchor died January 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Interested students will apply for the internship, which includes a $3500 stipend on behalf of ESPN and the Sports Task Force.


NABJ’s Sports Task Force promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing the next wave of sports journalists.


Candidates will be submitted to ESPN from the NABJ Sports Task Force.



Stuart Scott Internship Recipients:



This 2017 winner is Kirsten Watson from Columbia Journalism School.

"It is an honor to be selected for the ESPN & NABJ Stuart Scott Internship. To have the opportunity to represent his legacy as a top sports journalist, who changed the image and idea of sports coverage, is something aspiring sports journalists dream of achieving. To know that it is real, and to carry his name is one of the highest honors. I will build on his legacy to produce quality sports coverage and news, as I challenge myself to be the sports journalist I aspire to be, in memory of his contribution to the industry."

"Kirsten is bright student and an aspiring multimedia journalist.  We're very exciting to have her at ESPN this summer as NABJ continues to be a great resource for emerging storytellers."  
Galen Gordon,  
Vice President Broadcast, NABJ Sports Task Force
Coordinating Producer, ESPN. 




The 2016 inaugural winner was Bamidele Idowu from Syracuse University.

 “When I received the news that I was named the inaugural Stuart Scott scholarship/internship winner, I was shocked. While at ESPN, it was such a wonderful experience. Imagine living out your dream seeing all the anchors and athletes walking on campus waving to you and thanking you for your help. It meant a lot. Getting the chance to sit in the control room for a live SportsCenter show and seeing all the magic going down right in front of me was fascinating. It helped that there were great people pushing for your success too.

However, I wasn’t just another intern. I worked just as hard as anyone else and learned a lot from that.

This internship has taught me a few things:

  1. Appreciate and take in each moment
  2. Strive for excellence
  3. Believe in yourself

I lived by those things throughout my time at ESPN and did my best to excel throughout my internship. You almost have to being the “Stuart Scott guy”. He has left a legacy in sports broadcasting and has inspired me to achieve greatness. On his name, I will do just that.”


Bamidele was offered and accepted a full-time position at ESPN. He started in the spring of 2017 after graduation.



ESPN Internship Program Details:

  • June 2 – August 11, 2017 located in Bristol, CT
  • This is a paid internship – 10 weeks, 40 hours per week

  • The student will also receive a $3500 stipend on behalf of ESPN and The Sports Task Force.

  • Interns will pay $1500 for a fully furnished apartment/dorm that covers 10 weeks.

  • Programming events hosted throughout the summer including Intern Symposium (which includes Q&A with John Skipper), Speaker Events with ESPN leaders & networking with Recruiters for full-time positions

  • The scholarship winner may be placed in a Production or Editorial internship.



  • Must be an NABJ member.
  •  Must major in journalism/communications with an interest in pursuing a career in sports journalism.
  •  Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full time.
  •  Must be graduating in May 2017, Dec 2017 or May 2018. 

Production Internship:

ESPN’s Production Department consists of three units: Studio Production, Event Production and International Production. The internship position will be involved in several phases of either department, including technical responsibilities such as operating a teleprompter during live programming and content responsibilities such as editing material for air, producing highlight content for air and preparing element reels for use by Event Production Department producers. The internship position could also be involved in joining specific show or sport staffs.


Editorial Internship:

The Editorial intern will be responsible for editing content, with the primary focus on stories slated for the Page 1 index. Candidates must show proficiency in editing for grammar and AP style and should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. In addition to working directly with copy desk editors and editors in other departments daily, the internship will also provide exposure to other divisions of ESPN through job shadowing, offering an excellent opportunity for aspiring journalists to assess the inner workings of the company with an eye on potential career paths.


 Applications for the 2017 Stuart Scott Internship Are Now Closed.


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