Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Internships

The Paley Center for Media invites media focused, undergraduate students to apply to our Internship Program. Paley Interns will have the opportunity to participate in a structured and rewarding program designed to provide practical work experience and a unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, international broadcasting, and museum operations.

This is not a paid internship. Students are required to receive college credit. All internships are in New York City unless otherwise noted.

TO APPLY 

Please email your resume and cover letter along with our internship application to HumanResources@paleycenter.org.  Please write “Intern Spring - the Department you are interested in” in the subject line.

Click here to download the Internship application (PDF format).

Below are brief descriptions of the various departments and the qualifications needed to participate in our Internship Program in following departments:

Business and Legal Affairs
Communications
Curatorial
Development
Development (Los Angeles)
Education
Human Resources
Industry Media Council
Marketing

Registrar
Research Services
Social Media & Web


DEPARTMENT: Business and Legal Affairs 

Basic Function:
Assist the Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, in day-to-day activities and long-term projects in providing general internal support of company operations in transactional, intellectual property, and litigation matters. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Work closely with the business and legal affairs team, content licensing department, clearance services department, archive management team, and outside counsel.
Assist in the analysis of donor agreements to evaluate and document underlying rights.
Assist in the drafting and review of general operational, sponsorship, licensing and venue agreements.
Monitoring Social Media channels for unlicensed material.
Research of topical legal issues.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
▸ Completed first year of law degree.
Experience or demonstrated interest in media and entertainment.
Experience or demonstrated interest in contract IP or digital rights law.
Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, while maintaining attention to detail.
Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Communications  

Basic Function:
This position lends support to the Marketing/Communications department.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Lend administrative support to the Marketing/Communications department.
Assist on events produced by the Paley Center’s Programming department including PaleyLive, PaleyFest NY, International Council Summit, and Media Council.
Assist in composing press materials for all events including press advisories and face sheets.
Undertake research projects that include identifying potential marketing partners for Paley programs and exhibits.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Interest in communications focusing on television/entertainment.
Ability to manage multiple projects.
Eligible for College credit.
Available to work select night/weekend events.

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DEPARTMENT: Curatorial  

Basic Function:
To provide research, support, and editorial content for the Paley Center’s curatorial team in a variety of public-programming projects, including live events, screenings, and digital content.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Conduct curatorial research on a variety of topics.
▸ Contribute written and digital content to our website paleymatters.org.
▸ Produce video clips for social media distribution, screenings, live events, etc.
▸ Contribute to the conceptualization of public programming initiatives.
▸ Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Strong research skills.
Strong knowledge of, and interest, in all aspects of legacy and digital media.
Keen intellectual curiosity.
Strong interest in media history.
Strong analytical skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Development

Basic Function:
The Development Intern will assist the Development department in all facets of administrative support in fundraising, membership, and special projects as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Conduct research on prospective members, foundations, corporations, etc.
▸ Assist with membership and other mailings.
▸ Construct and maintain contact information for LA Gala Pipeline.
▸ Assist with outreach to members, prospects and gala attendees.
▸ Attend Paley Center programs (as requested) as an ambassador and help manage the Membership table (or similar function) .
▸ Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Interest in Development and Fundraising.
Background or strong interest in Media (TV, Radio, Entertainment).
Excellent research skills.
▸ Proficient use of Microsoft Suite (especially MS Word and Excel).
Professional demeanor and ability to handle multiple projects.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Development (Los Angeles)

Basic Function:
The Development Intern will assist all facets of administrative support in fundraising, membership and projects as assigned.

This Intern opportunity will include exposure to annual giving, corporate sponsorship, government and foundation relations, and event production. It is intended to provide a deep understanding of non-profit management and development. The Intern will work at least twice a week. It is crucial that the Intern be highly organized and able to work on multiple projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ 
Conduct research on prospective members, foundations, etc. and prepare and present findings in a concise, clear way.
▸ Prepare membership mailings, including renewal letters, acknowledgments, and membership cards.
▸ Assist with membership program logistics, which may include making telephone calls to prospective, current, and/or lapsed members.
▸ Special event assistance, including pre- and day of-event assistance, which may require some work during evening hours.
▸ Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
▸ Interest/experience in Development and Fundraising.
High computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps; Raiser’s Edge knowledge a plus.
Excellent research skills.
Professional demeanor and ability to handle multiple projects.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Background or strong interest in Media (TV, Radio, Entertainment).
Must be eligible for college credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Education

Basic Function:
Assist with the overall daily operations of The Paley Center for Media’s Education department including: teaching, class preparation, curriculum development, weekend family and student event support, research, marketing, tracking statics, budgets, reports, etc. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with daily teaching.
Help with class and workshop preparation.
Help with Audience development.
Help with occasional weekend family program art activities.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Comfort and experience working with children of all ages.
Strong interest in teaching, media and the arts.
Flexible and team oriented.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Human Resources 

Basic Function:
Providing daily coordination of recruitment efforts and administrative support for the HR function. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan an "Intern Orientation," as well as three "Lunch and Learn" events for the Internship Program.
Post open full-time and internship positions and conduct resume searches.
Assist with pre-screening candidates, scheduling interviews, updating reports.
Provide coordination and administrative support for recruitment efforts.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
College student with an interest or some experience working in Human Resources with an interest in recruiting.  
Must be detail-oriented, extremely organized with the ability to multi-task and follow-up in a fast-paced, deadline environment.   
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Will have a professional phone demeanor and proven client services skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity dealing with confidential information.
Ability to quickly learn programs and procedures.
Extensive computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Industry Media Council

Basic Function:
Assist with the Industry Team to obtain new members, maintain systems, and help organize the department. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Research information of potential members, speakers, and event attendees.
Organize and track member information.
Assist in preparation for events as needed.
Input member information into Raiser’s Edge Database.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Prior experience with research projects.
Proficiency in Excel.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
Excellent organization skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge Database a plus.
▸ Knowledge of media a plus.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Marketing 

Basic Function:
Administrative support for the Marketing & Communications team.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintaining Marketing & Promotional Partner Lists in NY & LA.
Preparing Marketing recaps.
Proofreading marketing and creative copy on all printed and digital materials.
Support Social Marketing team (placing posts, tracking posts).
Support Creative Services team (traffic design materials, administrative tasks).
Support Press Director as needed.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Minimum of two years of College education.
Concentration in Marketing, Media and/or Entertainment or related field.
One year prior paid or volunteer work experience (client/ consumer interaction a plus).
Ability to work evenings/ weekends as needed (rare).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for college credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Registrar 

Basic Function:
The Registrar’s Department (1) ensures the security of the collection; (2) tracks and retrieves master media preserved in off-site archival storage; (3) creates/updates metadata about unprocessed program donations; and (4) works closely with Technical and IT departments on digitization of programs in the Paley Center’s collection.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Bar code and prepare master media (videotapes, audiotapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.) for shipping to off-site archival storage.
Update the Paley Center database with metadata about unprocessed program donations.
Process Digital Work Orders for digitization of programs.
Perform quality control of digital files to be screened at public events.
Track status of projects & update colleagues as needed.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
▸ Good decision-making and enthusiasm.
Adaptable to shifting priorities.
Good time management and attention to detail.
Work ahead on projects without micromanagement.
Proficient computer skills (Word/Excel).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Eligible for college credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Research Services 

Basic Function:
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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Interns use their judgment to select and organize articles, reviews and other information received from newspapers, periodicals and online sources.
▸ Interns also 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.
▸ Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

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.
Accurate spelling is essential.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Social Media & Web  

Basic Function
Assist the Creative Services department with daily tasks and special projects with our social media channels and monthly eblasts.

▸ Assist with management of Paley’s social media channels.
▸ Identify new opportunities to establish Paley’s presence.
▸ Partner with the Web & Social Media Producer to develop new strategies to increase viewership and followers.
▸ Create content for each platform, including GIF creation.
▸ Develop copy for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Create separate campaigns for various Paley products, such as DVDs, Gala fundraising, etc.
Assist with delivery of monthly eblasts for various Paley constituencies: responsible for editorial information of those blasts, and simple art creation.
▸ Live tweet at public events, as needed.
Cover a red carpet for Paley Instagram/Snapchat, as needed.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Familiarity with and understanding of television industry and marketing for live events and exhibitions.
Copyediting skills with short turnaround.
Ability to monitor and evaluate content traffic.
▸ Some experience working in content management systems. 
Some experience with internet content publishing for an organization.
Experience working with social media traffic metric systems.
Working knowledge of current trends in social media.
Ability to write engaging social media posts and headlines.
Must have strong communications skills.
Professional demeanor and ability to handle multiple projects.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

Skills:
-Sketch
-HTML
-Photoshop
-InDesign
-Tweetdeck/Hootsuite

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