Students participating in a sports broadcasting internship as part of their degree program

Breaking into the exciting world of sports broadcasting is a dream for many college students. But in order to get into the industry, you not only need a college degree in the field, but also an internship or two. When it comes to finding a sports broadcasting internship, it’s important to find the best fit to get the experience that you both want and need.

Looking for tips on how to secure the best internships for your future career? Keep reading to learn more!

Apply For a Number of Internships

You might be tempted to see if there’s an internship available at your dream network or radio station, and just apply for that one. However, this can backfire, leaving you without an internship altogether if they select someone else for the role. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, apply for a number of sports broadcasting internships. This way, you have your choice of the ones available, and then you can narrow your opportunities down to those that are the right fit.

Ask About What Your Tasks Will Be

Stations can have interns do any number of things. Will you get a chance to be live on-air at least once? Will you spend your summer operating the board to ensure that the broadcasts go well? Or will you rotate through a number of different departments, getting the chance to help plan events, write up advertisements and marketing plans, and also spend time behind the scenes while the anchors or radio personalities are live? It all comes down to what you want to learn and spend your time doing, so don’t be afraid to ask these questions. The answers you receive will help you find a sports broadcasting internship that’s right for you.

Research Market Size and Other Facts

Although there are plenty of radio and television stations out there, not all of them may have the reach or sports coverage that you’re looking for in an internship. A station that doesn’t have any regional or national sports teams that they cover won’t give you the experience that you need in the field. In addition, you need to weigh whether you’d prefer to intern for a large, busy station, a smaller one, or a specific team or league. You’ll spend time doing different things at each of them.

Set Up Some Goals

On top of what the station, network or team has in mind for your internship, it’s always a good idea to set a few goals of your own. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, approach them with what you’d like to learn throughout the course of the internship and see if they can accommodate you. This will help you make that crucial decision about which internship to choose.

If you want a career in sports broadcasting, it all starts with the right training. As a part of our sports broadcasting program, you’ll get real world experience, which can take place at our school’s radio and television stations, or via an internship or two. The world of sports broadcasting can be exciting, but you’ll need as much experience as possible in order to get your foot in the door. This is just the first step – and at Dean, we’ll help you every step of the way on your sports broadcasting journey.