Internship Opportunities

WPSU Penn State 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

Availability: Summer 2016 / Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

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 (Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story) 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 will 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

Availability: Summer 2016 / Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

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 Cheraine Stanford cps13@psu.edu] or Catie Grant [ces957@psu.edu] to apply.

Comm 400:  In The Game

Availability: Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

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.••

Writing/Research

Public Affairs Internship

Availability: Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

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: http://conversations.psu.edu and http://www.wpsu.org/radio.

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

Radio Production

Radio News Internship

Availability: Summer 2016 / Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

You’ll contribute to our local radio news programming by writing compelling and engaging 45-second news wraps and/or long format (3-4 minute) feature stories. You’ll come up with story ideas, set up and conduct interviews, and write and put together air-ready final products. Successful applicants will have taken at least one newswriting class and be an energetic self-starter who takes initiative. It’s helpful if you’re familiar with the NPR style of news reporting.

Time Commitment: 10 hours/week, flexible.  Contact Emily Reddy [ereddy@psu.edu] to apply.

WPSU-FM Endowed News Internship

Availability: Spring 2017

WPSU-FM News is looking for a sharp, enthusiastic student journalist to join the radio newsroom for a paid internship position. The intern will take part in all aspects of news reporting at WPSU. He/she will receive story assignments, report them out in the field or from the station, and file for air and web. The intern will also pitch ideas, shoot photographs, transcribe tape, gather materials for the website, and provide research, production and editing assistance.

The internship is open to current Penn State journalism/communications graduate and undergraduate students. Broadcast experience is not a requirement, but applicants should have some journalism experience. Members of WKPS student radio station encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the Spring semester is November 20, 2015. The position is 10 hours per week for 14 weeks and pays $9.25/hr.

Contact Emily Reddy [ereddy@psu.edu] for more information.

Web/Multimedia

Front-end Web Design/Development Internship

Availability: Summer 2016 / Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Join the Multimedia team at WPSU and learn how to develop powerful modern web applications using the latest technologies and frameworks. The scope of work will include work on projects for Penn State World Campus, funded online non-credit courses, and student analytics. Students will participate in project research and planning, modular code development, and lots of potential cake eating upon project completion. Skills required for this position include development in JavaScript and HTML5, basic knowledge of CSS3, and knowledge of how API’s work. Students will also have access to professional online training. Flexible 10-15 hours a week for credit or non-credit.

Contact Robert Kistner [rak5124@psu.edu] to apply.

Project Development

Project Development Internship

Availability: Spring 2016/Fall 2016/Spring 2017

This internship is primarily a research position and a match for upper-level undergraduates who plan to pursue careers related to one of the following areas: non-profits; media management; marketing strategy; or graduate studies.

Project Development provides the first step before an online or broadcast media project can be green-lighted.  Intern will help research and analyze elements of media projects. Areas of research include: current topics, project viability, competitive information, audiences, corporate and foundation funders, Penn State and community partners, and outreach and distribution strategies. Intern will gather, organize, and analyze information; develop files/lists/spreadsheets of contacts and resources; and write brief summaries.

Ideal candidate is an excellent writer and communicator; reliable and proactive; detail oriented with superb analytical skills. Candidate must be familiar with social media, online research, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. To see example projects, visit http://pspb.org/public-service-media/.

Send résumé, cover letter and a writing example that required research to Elaine Brzycki [ejb23@psu.edu] to apply.