ESPN to Spend the Day with MSU Sports Media Students, Nov. 4

Catch ESPN at MSU

Catch ESPN staff holding career conversations with College of Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) sports media students on Monday, November 4, 2013. MSU is the only campus in the state of Michigan selected to host such opportunities with one of the biggest names in the sports media industry.

The morning will begin with a reception in CAS Room 182 with Sparty greeting the ESPN team of Chris Maier, a Spartan alumnus, and Jill Ann Bouffard. Maier is with ESPN's statistics and analysis department and Bouffard is with its content associates program. Following the morning reception, Maier and Bouffard will each host career conversations in small groups with five students each to discuss opportunities for both ESPN internships and full-time positions, particularly for entry-level production and statistics and analysis assistants.

The morning session will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon session will run from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All ESPN career conversations will be held in CAS Room 182 and 190.

More than 300 students from both MSU sports media and sports business and entertainment programs applied for the 120 openings for the small-group career conversations. Students had to submit resumes in advance to be selected for the 15-minute career conversation sessions.

While on campus, Maier and Bouffard will also attend an afternoon class, Sports Media I, taught by Professor Sue Carter. MSU's Sports Journalism program is one of the most respected in the country with more than 100 sports media internships available to students each year and a highly respected alumni network of sports professionals holding top positions across the country.

At 5:30 p.m., students from across the campus are invited to participate in a Q & A session that will be hosted by WKAR CURRENT SPORTS host Al Martin in Studio A. Martin, also a MSU sports journalism alumnus, will moderate the Q & A session with Maier and Bouffard. It is open to all MSU students who are interested in a career in the sports media and entertainment industry.

After the Q & A session, the ESPN team will join campus student group leaders of the Future Leaders in Sports & Entertainment (FLISE) and the Michigan State Chapter of the Association of Women in Sports Media for pizza to wrap up the visit.

For additional information about this event, please contact Kim Popiolek at (517) 353-0706 or

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