ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting, receives about 10,000 applications each year from college seniors seeking internships. Jon Little, a senior from Kalamazoo, was one of nine students chosen for the 2011 spring internship program.
Little, a broadcasting major with an emphasis in production, will be working at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., as a production operations intern as part of a 10-week paid internship. “This is such a great opportunity and still feels surreal,” he said. Little discovered the internship program on the ESPN website and decided to apply. He had phone interviews and conference calls with department heads at ESPN, as part of the selection process.
“I have always wanted to do something with sports broadcasting, from behind the camera,” Little said. He currently works with the Grand Valley Sports Network as a camera operator and production assistant, as well as for WGVU-TV. Keith Oppenheim, an assistant professor in the School of Communications, selected Little to be a teaching assistant in some of his broadcasting classes.
“Jon was always looking for a way to do more; he just loves production,” said Oppenheim. “He was a natural choice for a teaching assistant because he has been an extraordinary student. Jon is very capable as a director in our production exercises and also puts students at ease with technical tasks that can be initially intimidating. Those traits, along with his energy and curiosity, should really serve him well at ESPN. I'm very proud of him.”
Following graduation, Little hopes to find a job within sports broadcasting.