Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
The summer Internship application period is now closed.
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:
▸ 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Email resume and cover letter to Ina Clark at email@example.com.
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.
Email resume and cover letter to Ina Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
▸ 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 pm.
Description: Library Services is responsible for the cataloging of the Paley Center’s collection of television and radio programs and advertising. The department also interacts with the Registrar’s Department in areas such as preservation and security of the collection. Interns affix bar codes on Paley Center master media (videotapes, data tapes, etc.) and prepare inventories in order to ship master media to off-site archival storage.
Interns watch television programs and use numerous reference sources to research facts about cataloged and uncataloged programs. They update the Paley Center Database with information about series and episode titles, cast and production credits, and nuances of program content. Interns also assist with indexing and some light clerical work.
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 online database archive covering all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and media. Interns help organize the extensive amount of media information received daily and may be assigned to special research projects as well.
Interns use their judgment to select and organize articles, reviews and other information received from newspapers, periodicals and online sources. They also help research and answer queries from media professionals including documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, as well as the Paley Center's sponsors, patrons and staff.
Qualifications: Interns should have a broad interest in television and media and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized and be able to work on several projects at once. Accurate computer skills are essential.
Please submit letter of interest, resume, and critical paper/essay/review to email@example.com with a subject line of “Research Services Intern."
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.)
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