WXXI Internship Opportunities

Since 1958, WXXI has provided the Greater Rochester area with the finest radio and television programming available. Operating four television channels, six radio stations and many online offerings, WXXI put the community first with programs that stimulate and expand thought, inspire the spirit, open cultural horizons and promote understanding of diverse community issues. By being Rochester’s source for PBS and NPR programming, WXXI is one of the most accessible and trusted voices in the community.

 

  • ACCOUNTING:  

Will become familiar with day-to-day activities in the Accounting Department. Will be trained in month-end closing, account analysis and reconciliations, and the accounts receivable and accounts payable cycles.  Will learn the processes for reconciliation of checking and investment accounts to general ledger.  Working under the supervision of the CFO, who is a CPA and CMA, the intern should be majoring in accounting and possess good analytical skills.

 

  • AUDIO ENGINEERING: 

Will learn preventive and routine maintenance of equipment, installation and assembly of audio gear. Will be trained in preparation for live broadcasts, including the setup of microphones, mixers and recorders, as each particular remote dictates. Studio production will involve  the same training as above with added emphasis on production and editing, along with dubbing, documentation and the distribution of nationally produced shows. Interns will experience client services and may be exposed to other departments with audio-related tasks.  Will learn the operation of the ENCO storage and automation system.  Hours can be flexible as needed. A great work ethic and communication skills are a must.

Qualified students should have a basic knowledge of audio production



  • CREATIVE SERVICES/PUBLIC INFORMATION:

Supervised by the Station Publicist and Creative Services staff. Will observe and learn writing of press releases, posting online highlights on the website, assembling mailing lists, researching special projects, and be involved in outreach and promotional efforts for all of WXXI’s services.

Word processing & strong writing skills required; English or Communications majors preferred.

 

  • CONNECTIONS  & RADIO OPERATIONS:

Under supervision of host of Connections with Evan Dawson to learn preparation for daily radio program. Will learn about development of possible program topics, lining up potential guests for programs, processes of guest bookings, checking the Web and wires for information and background data relating to upcoming programs and topics. Will receive training from Operations Producer on various technical and production-related duties.

Minimum requirements: Good verbal skills, strong computer research skills & math aptitude.

 

  • CLASSICAL MUSIC:

Under the supervision of the FM Classical Program Director, with additional direction from the Classical Music Director, Senior Audio Technician, New Director and Director of Creative Services (as appropriate), this intern will learn about the general operations, programming and production, marketing and outreach of a 21st century classical public radio station, and be trained in the skills needed to create and present content on air, online and on mobile.  Training and experience may include: compiling & posting arts calendar announcements; researching, recording and editing artist interviews and performances; use of social and online media related to programming; creating, updating and maintaining music and content databases; on air programming and presentation skills; and basic audio editing and production of arts features.  Intern may also be asked to participate in pledge drives, remote broadcasts and other station events that occur during the period of the internship.

Potential interns are encouraged to consider, create and present at the interview, a personal project proposal that he/she would like to accomplish during the course of the internship.

Minimum requirements: Thorough knowledge of Classical Music, strong writing and verbal skills, solid online, social media and computer skill.

 

  • EDUCATION INTERN (Summer ONLY):

Will become familiar with WXXI’s educational services, outreach efforts, and community programs. Under guidance of Education Department staff, primarily the Manager of Educational Training & Family Engagement, the Education Intern will: Participate in WXXI’s Summer Learning events and other educational outreach efforts;  learn about engaging families and children in informal learning spaces, how to design learning activities for family-friendly events, and what resources are available from PBS KIDS to support in-person activities; collaborate with WXXI’s community partners; learn how educational technology and media supports learning in/out of the classroom; and learn about the educational media services WXXI provides to the Greater Rochester area. Must have experience working with young children (ages 2-8) in either a camp, school, daycare, or other related environment. Must be available Thursdays in July and August. Enrollment in a teacher preparation program preferred.



  • NEWS DEPARTMENT:

Intern will work in the radio/TV newsroom for WXXI, learning how stories are developed, written and produced. Will receive training in software used to edit audio as well as writing broadcast style news copy. May be called on to occasionally go on stories with reporters and eventually gather sound and interviews on your own. Also will have the opportunity to develop material for the web and learn about production of our weekly TV public affairs program.

Minimum requirements: Must be a current college student, preferably in a journalism or related field of study; possess good communications skills; knowledge of how to write broadcast-style copy and/or familiarity with audio editing programs a plus.



  • STAGE NOTES RADIO:      

Under supervision of the Stage Notes program host, the Stage Notes Radio Internship will involve training in the following aspects of radio program production:  Will gain experience in researching Broadway themes and tailoring playlists for themes; will learn how to generate outlines for each theme to be used by host on air; will arrange interviews, as directed; will co-host Stage Notes, as requested; will be trained to input weekly songs to NPR Composer; will enhance writing skills by composing highlight for classical e-newsletter, writing weekly web post for WXXI.org; write weekly promo and billboard. Will assist in coordination of weekly local cutaway.  Will receive training in Adobe Audition 1.5 & NPR Composer.  Internship will consist of approximately 8-10 hours of training activities per week, 5-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

  • TELEVISION PRODUCTION (FILLED): 

This internship provides an overview of the many aspects of television studio and field productions. The intern will be trained in basic studio positions, including camera operator, teleprompter, and floor manager, and will also be introduced to studio lighting, graphics composition, technical directing, editing, and videography.  The intern will contribute in the pre-production, production, and post-production of broadcast and non-broadcast events.  Opportunities to assist with audio/radio studio and field productions are a possibility as well.  Hours will be dependent upon the production schedule.  Availability of Fall and Spring interns to a minimum of 2 days a week Monday-Thursday from 4:30pm-6pm and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm a must.



Contact:          BA/HR Administrative Assistant
                      internship@wxxi.org

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