Internship – Spring 2014 – Statistics and Information

Job Description Company Overview:
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.

ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company’s mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.

Imagine a career with an organization that brings smiles to millions every day. Imagine working with people whose passion for what they do is simply indescribable. We are The Walt Disney Company, live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and lifelong memories. With our vast array of both businesses and professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to join a team that’s beloved around the world, and to find out how it feels to love what you do. We invite you to discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you‘ve been looking for.

ESPN, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.

Department Overview:
Do you have a passion for sports AND statistics? Do you love curling up at night with your textbooks, while keeping one eye on the statistical trends developing in the baseball or basketball game on TV?

Have you noticed the “Next Level” content on ESPN and or read our Stats & Information blogs on Are you the kind of fan who has filled notebooks with stats or wondered if there were databases where you can search and sort for the data that enriches your fan experience? Do you search for patterns, trends and insights in data – in an effort to either quantify performance or predict future outcomes for players and teams? “Stat Geek” is not a derogatory term in our world … it’s high praise, and an apt description for the kind of team members you would be working with.

If you answered yes to the above questions, you might be ready for a one-of-a-kind challenge, an experience that will challenge you to stretch and grow – as a person and a professional: an internship with the ESPN Stats & Information Group.

Ideal candidates for this internship will possess the following traits:
• Expert-level sports knowledge including knowledge of analytic metrics and trends
• Strong communication skills
• Meticulous attention to detail in striving for 100 percent accuracy.
• Strong news/content judgment.
• Thrive in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.
Responsibilities Our content is used across multiple platforms — television, digital media, radio, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Mobile. The Group’s focal point – besides supplying all statistical information for pro and college sports – is to provide perspective and context around games, key sporting events and breaking news.

A Stats & Information intern may work in one or a combination of the 4 divisions within our Group: BottomLine, Production Analytics, Production Research and Stats & Analysis.
• BottomLine: determine proper treatment of games & news stories, write effective news headlines and ensure 100 percent accuracy.
• Production Analytics: create and evaluate sports metrics, formulate algorithms and ensure integration of that content across all platforms.
• Production Research: research original content for use on digital media and show support, including full-screen graphics for TV, anchor lead-ins and original pieces; provide live updates to talent in studio.
• Stats & Analysis: monitor/enter real-time scoring and play-by-play data and generate insightful content through the use of video-tracking and vast statistical warehouses.
Basic Qualifications • Must be passionate about sports and statistics; in fact, candidates should have a working knowledge of players, teams and the rules of the games.
• Strong news/content judgment as well as being computer proficient and internet savvy.
Preferred Qualifications • Previous experience working with statistics in an online, television or print-media environment
• Previous experience working in a college Sports Information department.
• Previous experience working with sports content and storylines with a TV station, radio station, newspaper or notable sports blog.
• Previous experience working in the Public Relations or Marketing Department of a college, minor league or professional sports team.
• Work on an academic project focused on sports journalism, sports business or sports statistics
• Ability to read and write in Spanish
Job Posting Industries Television
Additional Information Internship Eligibility:
• Must be enrolled in a U.S. College/University taking at least one class at the time of application and in good academic standing; available for employment within 12 months of the internship. Candidates should be graduating in Spring 2014, Summer 2014 or Fall 2014.
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program. Note: Once you have completed one consecutive year of employment on a Disney internship or program, there must be a minimum 6 month gap before the start of a new internship or program
• Must possess unrestricted work authorization
• Must provide full work availability, which will include nights (almost exclusively), weekends and holidays.
• Must provide own transportation to/from work
• Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines
Program Length:
The length of this internship is 10 weeks, and Interns will work 40 hours per week. The approximate dates of this internship are January 27, 2014-April 4, 2014. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

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

Application Deadline:
The deadline to apply for this internship is October 18, 2013.

Recommendation – Print This Role Description:
Strong candidates may be invited to complete a phone interview. We strongly encourage applicants to print a copy of this role description so they can refer to it in the event they are selected for a phone interview. Note that this role description will not be accessible once the posting is closed on October 18, 2013.
Internship Program Type Professional Internship
Primary Location-City Bristol
Primary Location-State CT
Primary Location-Country US
Auto req ID 132453BR