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.

TO APPLY 

Please email your resume and cover letter along with our internship application to HumanResources@paleycenter.org.  Please write “Intern, the Department you are interested in, and Spring OR Summer” 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
Creative Services: Social Media
Development
Finance
Human Resources
Library Services
Media Council Membership
Programming: Curatorial
Public Relations
Registrar
Research Services


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: Creative Services: Social Media  

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 

Specific Requirements:

▸ 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 humanresources@paleycenter.org with a subject line of “Social Media Intern."

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DEPARTMENT: Development 

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.

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DEPARTMENT: Finance

REPORTS TO: Controller

Basic Function:
The Finance Intern will have exposure to day-to-day fiscal operations of the Paley Center, including interfacing with all departments, gaining a broad overview of the entire organization, as well as learning specific finance and operations skills that help insure accountability and compliance in not-for-profit administration.  This is a great opportunity to learn the business processes relevant to today’s non-profits. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Process accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Assist with general ledger accounting and reconciliation.
Assist with bank reconciliations.
Assist with payroll and other human resources projects.
Handle light office management/upkeep.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
College student with experience or pursuing a degree in Accounting or Business Administration.
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 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 Excel.
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: Library Services 

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.

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DEPARTMENT: Media Council Membership

REPORTS TO: Robin Wallace

Basic Function:
Assist with recruitment of new members for Media Council, plus maintain systems, and provide administrative support for 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.
Flexible availability to start as soon as possible and/or Summer 2017.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Programming: Curatorial  

Basic Function:
Assist the Curatorial department with daily tasks and special projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:
▸ Conduct research on programs in the collection.
▸ View and/or listen to collection programs for content.
▸ Prepare clip tapes for public programs.
▸ Write descriptions of programs for use in the Center's literature.
▸ Select clips from Center events for use on social media and website.
▸ Assist department staff in completing administrative paperwork.
▸ Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Background or strong interest in Media (TV, Radio, Entertainment).
Excellent research skills.
Professional demeanor and ability to handle multiple projects.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Eligible for College credit.

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DEPARTMENT: Public Relations 

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.

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DEPARTMENT: Registrar

REPORTS TO: Douglas F. Gibbons, Director, Library & Information Services

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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