Perspectives: Kaila Burns-Heffner ‘17

July 31, 2020

Perspectives session serve as a mechanism to build bridges between our current undergraduates in the Department of Communication and your young alumni who have blazed new trails in the professional world and are seeing success in their early- to mid-career endeavors. We invite all current students, faculty, and staff to attend our virtual sessions. If you would like to be involved or learn more, please contact

Kaila Burns-Heffner

Kaila Burns-Heffner earned her BA in Sports Communication with an Entrepreneurship minor from Clemson University in 2017. She currently serves as a Content Associate at ESPN and is responsible for all content that is edited before the games for college baseball and football that are presented during the broadcast.

Her journey towards her current position at ESPN began when she chose to attend Clemson University. Through the Department of Communication, Kaila was appointed to the Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Council as a sports communication representative and served as a department ambassador. Through these experience and her numerous internships with organizations that include: The Clemson Insider, Sports Illustrated,  Campus Rush and WSPA-TV, she honed the skills and gained the experience needed to secure an internship at ESPN Magazine.

Since then, she has propelled herself into the content associate position she holds today. Kaila attributes her success in the sports industry to concerted planning, intentional networking and even failing (and persistence).

Watch the video below for a full recap of Kaila’s journey and the advice she has for Clemson Communication students and recent graduates.


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