Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
The Paley Center in New York invites qualified students to take part in the ongoing Internship Program, a structured and rewarding program designed to provide unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, and international broadcasting, as well as valuable experience in nonprofit administration. Credit may be available through the student's school. This is not a paid internship.
Interns assist the Paley Center's staff members in nearly every phase of daily work, as well as on special projects geared to the student's skills and interests. Interns are assigned to specific departments for a semester or a summer. The departments include Curatorial, Library Services, Public Relations, Creative Services, and Research Services. At times, the Vice Presidents' Office may need an intern for a special project. It is recommended that applicants have basic clerical and word-processing skills, as well as any other specified knowledge required by the individual departments.
Listed below is detailed information on the nature of the internships within each department, including a description of duties, qualifications, and an application form. A completed application and personal interview (which may be done by phone in some instances) are mandatory for all internship candidates.
All interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional) addressed to:
The Paley Center
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019
Click here to download the application (PDF format).
For additional information, please contact the Internship Office at 212.621.6615.
Below are brief descriptions of the various departments and the qualifications needed to participate in our Internship Program in following departments:
▸ Public Programs
▸ Curatorial: Television, Radio, and Advertising
▸ Events and Membership
▸ Information Technology
▸ Library Services
▸ Public Relations
▸ Research Services
▸ Special Projects: Vice Presidents' Office
▸ Creative Services: Social Media Intern
▸ Creative Services: Editorial
▸ Media Council: Digital Production and Media Council Events Intern
Description: The Paley Center for Media seeks an intern for the Public Programs Department to work on our upcoming Fall/Winter events. The position will work directly with the Coordinator of Public Programs to:
▸ Organize and manage events
▸ Research and identify potential audiences for specific events
▸ Reach out to targeted audiences and publicize events via email, social media & phone calls
▸ Participate in outreach strategy meetings
▸ Create music playlists for events
▸ Update and organize YouTube Channel
▸ Assist in the administration of the department including maintain files and database entry
▸ Experience and/or interest in media
▸ Enthusiasm for outreach and/or social media
▸ Experience in database organization and maintenance (ie. Excel, Google Docs)
▸ Excellent oral and written communication skills
▸ Talented internet researcher
▸ Must have own laptop computer
▸ Good attitude and sense of humor
This is an UNPAID internship. Hours and title are flexible. To apply: Please submit letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Public Programs Intern."
Description: Responsibilities of the curatorial intern may include assisting department staff in completing paperwork for incoming donations, conducting research on programs in the collection, viewing and/or listening to collection programs for content, preparing clip tapes for public programs, and writing descriptions of programs for use in the Center's literature. Interns are also expected to help with basic administrative work. Past interns in the department have tailored their internship to match a specific area of interest within their academic background, professional skills, and career goals. Responsibilities can be designed to meet student needs.
Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills, as well as professional office demeanor required. Candidates with a background in media or museum studies are desirable.
This is an UNPAID internship. Hours and title are flexible. To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and critical paper/essay/review to email@example.com with a subject line of “Curatorial Intern."
Description: The Paley Center for Media invites qualified students to take part in the ongoing Internship Program, designed to provide unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, and international broadcasting. This is an unpaid internship. College Credit may be available through participating schools. Intern supports Events & Membership department in all aspects of events and cultivation. Interns participate in programs and events including production related responsibilities, food & beverage, and décor and onsite event support. Interns also provide administrative support including but not limited to database entry, mass mailings, fielding calls, and conducting follow up calls. Position interacts with other departments including curatorial, public relations, education, registrar, public programming, and others, in order to help the department achieve its objectives.
Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently, strong computer skills with an interest in corporate events and marketing/development. Ability to juggle multiple tasks with strong attention to detail. Must be a highly motivated, self-starter, exercise creativity, take initiative, and have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
We are currently reviewing resumes for 2013 internships. Email resume and cover letter to Maxim Thorne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: The Paley Center for Media invites qualified students to take part in the ongoing Internship Program, designed to provide unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, and international broadcasting, as well as valuable experience in nonprofit administration. This is an unpaid internship. College Credit may be available through participating schools. The Development Intern will report to and assist the Vice President of Development in all facets of administrative support, fundraising and other tasks as assigned. Duties include but are not limited to fielding phone calls, conducting follow up phone calls, writing, scheduling appointments and meetings, mass mailings, and other related tasks. The position will aid the VP in producing documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations.
Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently, strong computer skills. Ability to juggle multiple tasks with strong attention to detail. Must be a highly motivated, self-starter, exercise creativity, take initiative, and have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Intern applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with the following schedule.
We are currently reviewing resumes for 2013 internships. Email resume and cover letter to Maxim Thorne at email@example.com.
▸ Answer telephone calls and e-mails from end users requesting technical support for desktop problems
▸ New PC installations and moves
▸ Log support calls into tracking system
▸ Hardware upgrades: memory, hard drive, CD-ROM, PCI cards
▸ Software installation of Windows 2K/XP, MS Office Suite
▸ Keep inventory of computer hardware and supplies
Qualifications: Good telephone and writing skills, ability to work independently
Days and Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Interns summarize television and radio programs, and use the Center's and external reference sources to supplement information about programs listed in the Paley Center's Library Database. They add data about episode titles, series run, running time, and prominent production and cast credits, as well as nuances about program content. Interns also undertake significant research projects which lead to data updates for the Library Database.
Qualifications: Interns must have strong writing and analytical skills. Accurate computer skills are essential.
Description: Interns assist the public relations department in all aspects of PR and audience development including organizing mailings and mailing lists, compiling information for press kits, updating press lists, writing press releases, and assisting the publicists in coordinating the media for all screenings, seminars, and special events. Interns assist the department in identifying marketing and audience development opportunities through various local outlets and via the Internet. Interns also interact with other departments throughout the Paley Center, including curatorial, special events, education, registrar, development, and others, in order to help the department achieve its objectives.
Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, creative thinker, good telephone etiquette, computer skills, and interest in public relations and marketing.
Description: The Research Services Department creates and maintains a wide-ranging archive of information on all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and communications. Interns help organize the extensive amount of information received daily and may be assigned to special projects as well.
Interns assist in the processing of this growing information archive by selecting, clipping, and photocopying daily newspapers and periodicals. They also help answer research queries from the Center's patrons and staff, documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, and the general public.
Qualifications: A broad interest in television and communications and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized, able to work on several projects at once, and have knowledge of microfiche research techniques. A willingness to handle clerical tasks is required.
Description: This internship will occur on a project basis. Projects vary in scope and need and might not always be available as a choice for an intern.
Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work without constant direction, good telephone etiquette, and knowledge of word-processing.
Description: The Paley Center for Media seeks a Social Media intern for the Creative Services Department. Working directly with Associate Director, Interactive Media and the Creative Director, this person will:
▸ Write tweets for the Paley Center twitter stream to keep the stream very active on a daily basis, including scheduling tweets for weekends
▸ Tweets should call attention to the full range of Paley Center activities in both New York and Los Angeles, from public events to gallery exhibits to web experiences
▸ Suggest twitter campaigns outside of the general activity-related tweets
▸ Live tweet some evening events
▸ Post all same information on the Paley Center's two, city-specific Facebook pages
▸ A demonstrated experience in developing and engaging online communities and online marketing
▸ Be able to follow directions
▸ Knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Flickr and Tumblr
▸ Capacious imagination with excellent visual, oral, and written communication skills
▸ Eager and able to collaborate and take ownership of project
▸ Enjoy meaningfully connecting people online and off-line
▸ Enjoy nonprofit environments
▸ Personable, with an energetic spirit and excellent organizational skills
This is an UNPAID internship. Timing and duration of the internship is flexible.
To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and samples of work to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Social Media Intern."
Description: The Creative Services Department is seeking an enthusiastic intern to help in many aspects of production for a variety of projects, including website, postcards and flyers, and gallery spaces. Responsibilities include administrative support, copyediting and proofreading, making accurate corrections in computer files, help with photo research, assisting with galleries, and editorial maintenance of our website.
Qualifications: Candidates must be highly organized, have an excellent knowledge of grammar, and be able to pay close attention to details. Must be able to work on many projects simultaneously; knowledge of Quark, Word, and HTML is preferred.
To apply: Email your résumé and availability to the Managing Editor. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)
Description: The Media Council at The Paley Center for Media is looking for an intern with abilities in web site maintenance, PR and marketing, Google analytics, social media savvy and photo/video editing. The candidate should be a self-starter with the confidence and ability to work independently with strict attention to detail.
Qualifications: Candidates should have basic knowledge of HTML, some video/picture editing experience, familiarity with Microsoft Office and ability to perform internet research. Familiarity with Google Analytics and social media strategy a plus. Database experience is preferred but not required. This is a terrific opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the business side of the media industry whilst honing web and marketing skills.
* Analyze Google analytics data and track social media outreach
* Perform some basic video and photo editing
* Help coordinate Media Council events
* Assist in the administration of the department including lending support to the Executive Director, maintain files, and database entry.
Length: One semester, minimum 16 hours per week—maximum 35 hours. Days are flexible.
To apply: Email your résumé and availability to Stephanie Kousoulas at email@example.com. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)
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