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2020 NABJ-ESPN Stuart Scott Internship-Scholarship
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ESPN and NABJ are offering a summer internship in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. Interested students may apply for the internship online. It includes a $3500 stipend on behalf of ESPN and the NABJ Sports Task Force dispersed prior to the start of the internship to help defray housing costs.

The awardee will receive a free trip to the 2020 NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. July 8-12 that includes: A round-trip flight, convention registration, lodging and a meal stipend. The award recipient will also be acknowledged during the Sports Task Force events and required to write a post-convention account of the experience. In addition, the awardee will be assigned a Content Creator position for the Sports Task Force website and social media channels in addition to having an assigned mentor during the week of the Convention & Career Fair as chosen by the Sports Task Force Chair.

NABJ’s Sports Task Force promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing future sports journalists.

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

ESPN Internship Program Details:
• June 8-August 15, 2020 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 $2000 for fully furnished housing that covers 10 weeks with various payment plans available.
• The awardee will have the opportunity to participate in ESPN’s annual Intern Symposium which features A Conversation with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, panels of other Executives and networking opportunities.
• Experience the culture of working on ESPN’s main campus including access to Employee Resource Groups and social events.
• Interns are assigned an ESPN “Recruiter buddy” with whom they can talk about full-time opportunities within the company and next steps following the internship.
• The awardee will be placed in a Production internship.

Criteria and Requirements
• 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 in the semester prior to the internship
• Must be graduating in May 2020, Dec 2020 or May 2021

Production Internship:
ESPN’s Production Department produces content for ESPN’s family of networks that fans can watch on television, their computer, tablet or smart phone; examples include SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and NFL Live. Internship responsibilities may include technical responsibilities such as operating a studio teleprompter system during live programming and content responsibilities such as screening games, producing highlight content and researching, writing and disseminating ideas for future content elements on ESPN platforms.

Complete the application to apply.


Click HERE to Apply by Nov. 30!


Stuart Scott Internship Recipients:


2018 Winner Raichele Privette from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies-Journalism 

“Earning this internship and award was a dream come true. This was definitely a life changing experience that I’ll never forget.
During my time at ESPN I was challenged to create the best possible content in hopes to satisfy the viewers. I was able to expand my knowledge of various sports and developed several editing and production skills. In addition, I was able to meet some lifelong friends and incredible mentors. It was a privilege being a part of the ESPN family and I value the relationships that I made. 
I will never forget the butterflies that I felt after watching my first highlight air on SportsCenter. 
After completing the internship, I now have a new level of confidence and drive to succeed. I am determined to continue the legacy Stuart Scott as I continue to advance in my journalism career.”

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."







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.


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