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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TELEVISION / HOMEWORK HOTLINEThe Homework Hotline intern learns from and works with a team of media professionals led by the Homework Hotline producer. There are also opportunities to work with a variety of education and management staff. This will include, but is not limited to social media, editing, and writing. Interns will help post video segments on YouTube and on Homework Hotline’s website. Interns will also help write daily challenges for the show and help with post production of videos. Writing and digital skills are essential with this internship. Homework Hotline is WXXI's live statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades 4-12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Homework Hotline airs from 5:30-6pm Monday-Thursday. 
  • TELEVISION PRODUCTION: 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.

  • CLASSICAL MUSIC INTERN: Under the supervision of the FM Classical Program Director and the Classical Music Director, this intern will learn about the preparation and production of arts and cultural radio programming, and be trained in the skills needed to present this programming on air, on line and on mobile. Training and experience will include: compiling arts calendar announcements and ticket giveaways; researching, recording and editing artist interviews and performances; use of social and online media related to programming; creating, updating and maintaining a music database; and basic audio editing and production of arts features. Intern may also be asked to participate in pledge drives and station events.

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

Contact:            Sharon Congelli
                        Director of Human Resources