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Internship Opportunities Available


Penn State Public Media offers student internships year-round in various departments within the organization. We currently are seeking interns in the following positions:

 

TELEVISION PRODUCTION

WPSU Sports Production Internship

Availabilty: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

 Join our production team and help produce a variety of projects in our partnership with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Our interns in the fall typically work on our football show (formerly Penn State Football: The Next Chapter) and prepare for men’s and women's basketball season (In The Paint; Courtside with Coquese). Spring internship is primarily men’s and women's basketball coverage and preparation for spring football coverage. Most interns log and ingest games either live or in the office postgame. Some shoot and edit light packages. All do research and general office work. Students may be required to be available for some evening, weekend, and late nights shifts. There's also an opportunity to work on non-sports projects once the athletic seasons are complete. We typically take on 8-12 interns each semester for credit or volunteer. 

Contact Bill Amin [aminw@psu.edu] or Topher Yorks [topher@psu.edu] to apply.

Creative Services Intern

Availablity: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Interns will transcribe interviews, log footage, search for imagery, scan photos, research, make phone calls, basic editing, assist on shoots, all in support of projects for the university and other clients. Intern would be expected to work independently with some guidance. Great interpersonal skills and a positive attitude are essential to this position. 

Contact Kevin Conaway [klc129@psu.edu] or Catie Grant [ces957@psu.edu] to apply.

Comm 400: In The Game

Availablity: Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

This is a partnership between the College of Communications and WPSU where students produce two half-hour episodes of In the Game per semester. This is a 3 credit advanced production course that dives deep into sports stories with local and national impact to create a magazine style show. The course meets once per week and strives to provide students with a professional real-world atmosphere for that allows students to gain experience in the field, in the edit room, and on both sides of the camera. 

If interested, please email Topher Yorks for an application [topher@psu.edu].

*note: this is a College of Communications course, not an internship with WPSU.

 

TELEVISION & WEB WRITING/RESEARCH

Public Affairs Internship

Availablity: Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

The intern is responsible for providing research and production support for the TV program Conversations from Penn State as well as local radio stories for WPSU-FM. More information about the programs can be found at: conversations.psu.edu and hwpsu.org/radio.

Contact Patty Satalia [pss2@psu.edu] or Lindsey Whissel [lrw14@psu.edu] to apply.

 

RADIO PRODUCTION

WPSU's StoryCorps Intern

Availablity: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Your main responsibility will be to provide support services for StoryCorps, an oral history project that gathers the personal histories of people in the WPSU listening area. You will work with the show producer to excerpt these oral history recordings for air. Using a computer workstation and editing software, you will review the full 40-minute interviews to find the most interesting and relevant sections to excerpt a 3-minute segment that will air on WPSU.

Contact Emily Reddy [ereddy@psu.edu] to apply.

WPSU Radio’s This I Believe/BookMark Intern

Availablity: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

You’ll help to produce WPSU’s This I Believe and BookMark. Both series air every other week. For the first, members of the community submit essays about the beliefs that guide their daily lives. For the second, community members review recent novels and non-fiction books. For both series, you will edit essays, schedule voicing sessions, use audio editing software to engineer recording sessions and put together the segments, write essay introductions, write copy for the website, recruit essayists, and perform other duties related to the shows. 

Contact Emily Reddy [ereddy@psu.edu] to apply.

 

WEB/MULTIMEDIA

Front-end Web Design/Development Internship

Availablity: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Do you believe that websites should be easier to read, better designed, and more intuitive to navigate? In this internship you will learn both processes and hard skills in front-end web design and development from two seasoned practitioners.  You will also be expected to complete formal training through online courses. Learning objectives may include basic design theories, analytics research, html/css/javascript/ jquery coding/implementation, social media integration, writing/editing, and content management system setup/integration. The ideal applicant would have a passion for learning about new web technologies, proficiency with Adobe CS, and experience with content writing, html/css/javascript, and a basic understanding of graphic design concepts. Motivation, a sense of humor, and a willingness to accept constructive feedback will help ensure your success. Prefer availability for 15-20 hours per week.

Please email cover letter, résumé, and relevant links to Chris Divyak [chrisd@psu.edu] and Steve Nelson [snelson@psu.edu].

Video and Online Course Productions

Availablity: Summer 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Interns will research content, transcribe interviews, log footage, search for imagery, scan photos, research, make phone calls, basic editing, assist on shoots, and process videos for closed captioning all in support of media rich online educational courses produced by Penn State. Interns will be expected to work independently with some guidance.  Great interpersonal skills & a positive attitude are essential to this position.  

Contact Kevin Conaway [klc129@psu.edu] or Diane Espy [diane@psu.edu] to apply.

 

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Public Media Project Development Internship

Availablity: Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Do you like to explore new ideas and possibilities? Do you appreciate the mission of public broadcasting and value community engagement?

Intern will work closely with the project development team at Penn State Public Media.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research documentary, web video, and multi-media projects.
  • Help develop project plans -- funding, distribution, outreach, marketing.
  • Research potential partners and funders for media projects.
  • Assist in preparing proposals to media and community engagement funders.
  • Develop files/lists/spreadsheets of contacts and resources.

Ideal candidate is an excellent writer and communicator. Candidate must be reliable and proactive. Detail oriented with superb analytical and problem-solving skills. Candidate must also be familiar with social media, online research, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Send résumé, cover letter and writing sample to Elaine Brzycki [ejb23@psu.edu] to apply.

 

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