ESPN recruiter discusses the importance of leadership, skills

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    ESPN’s production research manager Steve Rutkowski talked to students Tuesday evening about the importance of leadership and experience for college students applying to internships. 

    In the talk, open to all students and faculty interested in attending, Rutkowski said ESPN looks for internships and extracurricular leadership on a resume. 

    Rutkowski said he emphasizes this point because they are going to give someone work as soon as he or she would start the job. 

    “The expectation is that you are going to produce some good work, and that we are not just going to give you some menial tasks,” he said. 

    Rutkowski told students that they look for applicants with the ability to work hard, generate ideas, collaborate, think critically and articulate. He said a passion for sports is essential.

    To lighten the mood, Rutkowski played sports trivia with the audience.

    Andrew Felts, a junior sports broadcasting and finance double major, said he came because he was curious about what career options are available in sports media.

    This is Rutkowski’s third visit to TCU. He said he thought highly of the school.

    “I’ve found Texas Christian to be a very appealing stop for me,” he said.

    Rutkowski will speak at the University of North Texas on Wednesday, the University of Texas on Thursday and Texas A&M University on Friday.

    He said interested students could check out Disney Careers and ESPN Careers for further information on job opportunities and how to apply.