Internships

WQED Multimedia offers comprehensive, challenging non-paid internships in TV Production, Radio, Communications, Business & Revenue, Educational Resources, and Publishing to college students seeking knowledge and experience in the Multimedia industry. Internships are offered for college credit, and past interns have been offered positions with the company when available.

Broadcast Sales and Underwriting Internship

Hours: Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (some nights/weekends as agreed upon)

Broadcast Sales and Underwriting Department is responsible for seeking corporate financial support for WQED 13, WQED-FM, wqed.org, PBS programs, local productions, and special events

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and execution of the Small Arts Fund
  • Assist in recruiting support from small businesses for the Small Arts Fund
  • Coordination of Television editing sessions for underwriting spots
  • Assist in coordination and execution of special projects handled by Sales and Underwriting
  • Distribution of tickets
  • Assist in deliverables for major accounts
  • Opportunity to go on sales calls with account executives
  • Assist in development of proposals for major projects
  • Office Administration - filing, organizing, research and data entry
  • Special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Good writing and proof reading skills
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assigned tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to conduct internet research
  • Good communication and verbal skills
  • Database experience helpful
  • Professional appearance and manner
  • A thirst for knowledge and experience!

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org. No phone calls please.

Development and Membership Internship

Hours: Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (some nights/weekends as agreed upon)

The Development & Membership Department is responsible for managing fundraising operations for all membership levels including general membership, affinity clubs, and mid- and major-level donors. Interns will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising methods and donor interactions while providing support for a variety of special projects in the department.

Responsibilities – Fundraising, Special Events, Administration 
Provide support in the following areas:

  • Campaign and publication materials - writing and editing
  • Donor cultivation mailings - production and execution
  • Television and radio production - fundraising drives
  • Special benefit fulfillment and member correspondence
  • Special events and concerts – preparation and execution
  • FM Announcements - scheduling
  • WQED MemberCard – research, mailings, online updates
  • Office Administration - filing, organizing, research and data entry
  • Special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Good writing and proof reading skills
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assigned tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to conduct internet research
  • Database experience helpful
  • Professional appearance and manner
  • A thirst for knowledge and experience!

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org

Information Technology Internship

IT interns will learn the daily operations of an IT department and assist with the setup and distribution of new computers, database design and maintenance, applying software patches and troubleshooting problems in a complex multi-server environment. The interns will also assist in the design and programming of the intranet.

Interns will assist with various aspects of IT Services such as:

  • Troubleshooting hardware and software problems
  • Answering the help line and help end users
  • Working with the physical network – jacks, switches, hubs, and routers
  • Installing new computers
  • Programming work in C, Java, and SQL
  • Maintaining and creating Access databases
  • Working with Microsoft IIS and SharePoint
  • Virus and spyware protection and removal
  • Software installations and upgrades
  • Exposure to different computer systems in a broadcast environment
  • Exposure to software/network operating systems such as Novell Netware, Novell Groupwise, Novell ZENWorks, Novell Virtual Office, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Server 2000, XP Pro, Rad Hat Linux, IIS, Symantec Anti-Virus/Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Office, Veritas BackupExec, Apache, Team Approach, ScheduAll, ProTrack, and other various programs that are used on a daily basis

Looking For A Candidate With:

  • Thorough record-keeping and system testing skills.
  • Strong analytical skills. Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems in a logical, timely and thorough fashion. Ability to improvise.
  • Self-starter who can work independently and with a team.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills for Help Desk responsibilities.

Interested applicants must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org

On-Air Fundraising Internship

Responsibilities

  • Interns will assist with production of on-air fundraising drives in both television and radio. This will include conducting research for talent scripts, writing scripts, and producing spots for air.
  • During live broadcasts, interns will handle any guests and be on standby to assist throughout the show.
  • Interns will also be asked to help with day to day tasks such as updating information in RoundCause database; create, merge, label, and mail letters to members concerning events; supervise and assist volunteers with thank you gift fulfillment.

Internships are not paid. Interns can receive college credit.

Intern should turn in proper paperwork to ensure college credit

Intern should not work more than 20 hours per week

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org.

Radio Internship

Responsibilities

  • Assist with programming and production
  • Assist with customer service
  • Prepare arts information for broadcast and web
  • Assist with day to day management of music library and MusicMaster
  • Assist with writing and editing of Pittsburgh Symphony Radio scripts
  • Edit interviews and arts news for broadcast and web
  • Make field recordings
  • Assist with archival process
  • Assist with live remotes
  • Assist in other departmental activities, as needed

Qualifications

  • Must be interested in radio production
  • Well-organized, good writing and communication skills and an eye for detail
  • Knowledge of audio editing or a desire to learn
  • Familiarity with classical music a plus

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org.

Television/Digital Content Internship

Overview:
A production internship with WQED Multimedia provides students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn how local documentaries, feature stories, direct-to-web content, public affairs and other programs are produced -- from concept to actual live and taped production. Student interns work in the field, studio, editing suites and production offices of WQED.

Areas of Focus:
Interns have the opportunity to obtain a broad overview of content production and/or focus on specific roles during the internship including producing, videography, editing, on-air reporting, and more. Interns will work with the award-winning WQED production staff.

Qualifications:
Junior and senior college students with a background in communications, journalism, broadcasting, production or media studies are preferred - but not required. Students who are seeking an internship to earn college credit are also preferred. Applicants should have a strong interest in production, direct-to-web content, on-air and/or technical work in the broadcast industry. They should also understand the importance of social media and its role in broadcasting. For interns interested in a focus on editing, some knowledge of Avid post-production is preferred, but not required. Some college freshmen, college sophomores and high school internship opportunities might also be considered.

Time Commitment:
College credit internships require an average of 15 hours per week unless the students' college intern programs require more. Not-for-credit internship time requirements are negotiable.

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter and one letter of recommendation to: interns@wqed.org

WQED Interactive Internship

Highly-motivated individuals sought for Internship with WQED's Interactive Department.

Interns will work with web developers and designers to provide multimedia solutions for wqed.org as well as perform regular duties to improve and maintain the website.

Qualifications

Knowledge of HTML5 and CSS required

Knowledge of desktop video and audio editing

Knowledge of web app or native app development

Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

Junior and Senior college students with a background in Communication Design are preferred - but not required. This is a part-time internship, 15 - 20 hours per week, and is not a paid position.

Interested applicants, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org

Education - Communications and Social Media

Hours: Within regular business hours; flexible. Extended hours or weekends as agreed upon for events.

Intern will work with the Executive Director of Educational Partnerships and the Education Team on a variety of projects depending on an intern’s skill set. Responsibilities include:

  • Social Media Strategy, Design, and Implementation
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Program Evaluation, including Data Entry

Intern must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite and be an excellent writer and communicator. Interns must be dynamic problem solvers with the ability to think creatively, take initiative, work efficiently and independently, prioritize projects, and meet all deadlines.

Education department internships are offered during the following time periods:

  • Fall Term - September-December
  • Spring Term - January-April
  • Summer Term - May-August

For-credit internships and non-credit internships are available, depending on the applicant’s availability and the school’s policies. All internships are project-based and are highly demanding. Interns may be eligible through their schools for federally- subsidized work-study funds; this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students (sophomore and above) and graduate students. If you are highly motivated, are an advocate for cutting-edge education, have a background in education, event management, social media, communications, and/or educational research, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org

Education - Community Outreach and Connections

Hours: Within regular business hours; flexible. Extended hours or weekends as agreed upon for events.

Intern will work with the Executive Director of Educational Partnerships and the Education Team on a variety of projects depending on an intern’s skill set. Responsibilities include:

  • Community Outreach
  • Community Connections

Intern must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite and be an excellent writer and communicator. Interns must be dynamic problem solvers with the ability to think creatively, take initiative, work efficiently and independently, prioritize projects, and meet all deadlines.

Education department internships are offered during the following time periods:

  • Fall Term - September-December
  • Spring Term - January-April
  • Summer Term - May-August

For-credit internships and non-credit internships are available, depending on the applicant’s availability and the school’s policies. All internships are project-based and are highly demanding. Interns may be eligible through their schools for federally- subsidized work-study funds; this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students (sophomore and above) and graduate students. If you are highly motivated, are an advocate for cutting-edge education, have a background in education, event management, social media, communications, and/or educational research, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org

Education - iQ: smartparent

Hours: Within regular business hours; flexible. Extended hours or weekends as agreed upon for events.

Intern will work with the Manager of iQ: smartparent on a variety of projects depending on an intern’s skill set—interns do not need to possess skills necessary to perform all tasks outlined below. Responsibilities could include:

  • Production assistance and video editing for social media and documentation
  • Graphic design
  • Social Media Strategy, Design, and Implementation
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Developing Discussion Guides and Outreach Materials

Intern must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite and be an excellent writer and communicator. Experience with Final Cut Pro or other editing software is preferred. Interns must be dynamic problem solvers with the ability to think creatively, take initiative, work efficiently and independently, prioritize projects, and meet all deadlines.

Education department internships are offered during the following time periods:

  • Fall Term - September-December
  • Spring Term - January-April
  • Summer Term - May-August

For-credit internships and non-credit internships are available, depending on the applicant’s availability and the school’s policies. All internships are project-based and are highly demanding. Interns may be eligible through their schools for federally- subsidized work-study funds; this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students (sophomore and above) and graduate students. If you are highly motivated, are an advocate for cutting-edge education, have a background in education, event management, social media, communications, and/or educational research, please send resume and cover letter to: interns@wqed.org