Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
Ben May is a marketing student in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The first in his family to attend Auburn, he said he knew the university would be a great fit for him after visiting the campus and connecting with the people of Auburn. A native of Birmingham, Ala., May is spending his summer with ESPN's sales and marketing department as a research and analytics intern in Bristol, Conn. During the school year, May interns for the Auburn IMG Sports Network and would like to pursue working in the business of sports after his graduation in May 2014. In addition to his classes and internships, May also is an active member of Phi Gamma Delta.
1. What made you decide to apply for this particular internship?
I have always watched ESPN on TV and dreamt about how cool it would be to work there. After meeting an ESPN employee, he encouraged me to apply for a summer internship in Bristol, Conn. I applied online in December 2012 and found out in April that I was one of 70 interns who had been selected out of more than 15,000 applicants.
2. What was it like to transition from living in Auburn to living in Bristol?
Living in Bristol this summer has been quite an experience for me. Bristol is basically in the middle of nowhere and by far the biggest thing in the town is ESPN. I have been reminded of my time at Auburn as I am living in college dorms this summer with the other ESPN interns. While I have enjoyed my summer in Connecticut, I am excited to get back to Auburn in a few weeks.
3. What has been your most interesting experience so far?
I really enjoyed the intern question-and-answer session with Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sean Bratches. This was a great opportunity to learn more about sales and marketing and to ask questions about the parts of the company that interested us. Mr. Bratches shared openly about his career and gave very insightful answers to all of the questions.
4. How did your Auburn education prepare you for your internship?
Many of the marketing classes that I took at Auburn helped me prepare for this internship. Specifically, the personal selling class I took this past semester taught me the principles of business that I use every day at ESPN. Also, working for the Auburn IMG Sports Network during football season has helped prepare me for my internship at ESPN. Working for IMG on gamedays, I learn the importance of making decisions on the fly and how to quickly handle problems when they arise. Those same principles still apply when working for a big company like ESPN where things are always moving fast and constantly changing.
5. What are your plans for after graduation?
I really want to work in the business of sports when I graduate from Auburn. I would love to stay in the world of college sports, as that is where I have had most of my work experience. I have always grown up around the SEC and would love to stay somewhere in the South after graduation.