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: Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 / Summer 2017

Join our production team and help produce a variety of projects in our partnership with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Our fall interns typically work on our football show (Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story) and prepare for the men’s and women’s basketball seasons (In the Paint; Courtside with Coquese). The spring internship is primarily men’s and women’s basketball coverage and spring football coverage. Most interns log and view games either live in the stadium/arena or in the production suite 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-night shifts. There’s also an opportunity to work on non-sports projects once the athletic seasons are complete. We typically take on 8 to 10 interns each semester for credit or as volunteers.

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.

Creative Services Intern

Availability: Summer 2016 / Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

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

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] 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 class meets once per week, and instructors strive to provide students with a professional real-world atmosphere that allows students to gain experience in the field, in the edit room, and on both sides of the camera.

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

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.

‘A Time to Heal’ Project Internship

Availability: Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

The intern will be responsible for providing research support for A Time To Heal, an upcoming hour-long WPSU documentary about the impact of the Vietnam War in Pennsylvania. This program is one aspect of a larger media project focused on weaving together the themes of memory, history, and healing through the telling of stories of war and protest and will air in fall 2017 in conjunction with Ken Burns’ upcoming ten-part, eighteen and half hour series The Vietnam War. The intern will play a key role in identifying, obtaining, and organizing archival materials for use in the documentary. There may also be opportunities for the intern to take part in productions.

Expectations: The ideal candidate is highly organized, punctual, motivated, able to work independently, and passionate about history. Interest in the Vietnam War and/or documentary filmmaking is a plus.

Hours: Minimum 10 hours per week

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching archival materials and licensing information
  • Researching histories of local communities related to the program
  • Maintaining a database for archival materials and contacts
  • Contacting various people/university departments/community organizations for information
  • Providing detailed and organized notes
  • Assisting with productions
  • Transcribing interviews

The application deadline for Fall 2016 is September 16, 2016.

The application deadline for Spring 2017 is December 2, 2016.

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.


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 WPSU Radio.

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.

Radio Production

Radio News Internship

Availability: Spring 2017 / Summer 2017 / Fall 2017

The radio news intern will contribute to our local radio news programming by writing compelling and engaging 45-second news wraps and/or long-format (3 to 4 minute) feature stories. The intern will 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. Familiarity with the NPR style of news reporting a plus. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a few news writing samples (radio/TV clips preferred if you have them).

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.


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 projects for Penn State World Campus, funded online noncredit 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 APIs work. Students will also have access to professional online training. The 10 to 15 hours worked each week for credit or noncredit are flexible.

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.

Project Development

Project Development Graduate Assistantship

Availability: Spring 2016/Fall 2016/Spring 2017

This graduate assistantship is primarily a research position for graduate students who plan to pursue careers related to one of the following areas: nonprofits, media management, marketing strategy, or graduate studies. The assistantship will provide a stipend as well as grant-in-aid for resident tuition. Project development provides the first step before an online or broadcast media project can be green-lighted. The graduate assistant 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. The graduate assistant will gather, organize, and analyze information; develop files/lists/spreadsheets of contacts and resources; and write brief summaries.

The ideal candidate is an excellent writer and communicator; reliable and proactive; and detail-oriented with superb analytical skills. The candidate must be familiar with social media, online research, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. View these project examples.

Contact Internship Coordinator Toni Irvin [] to apply.