Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities


The Paley Center for Media invites media focused, undergraduate and graduate 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.


Please email your resume and cover letter along with our internship application to  Please write “Intern FALL - 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:

Human Resources
Industry Media Council
Industry Programming

Research Services
Social Media & Web


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
▸ 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.

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: 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.

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.

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: Industry Programming

The Paley Center for Media seeks an intern to support the Industry Programming Department in organizing the International Council (IC) Summit, and any other Industry Programming events.  Intern will assist with various projects, including conducting internet research and telephone outreach to secure contact information for potential attendees, updating Excel and Google Doc tracking sheets and communicating with other internal departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Research potential targets an prospects.
Follow up calls to targets and delegates as needed.
Manage invitation requests and RSVPs.
Assist Program Director on logistics.
Data base management and data entry.
Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Highly organized, resourceful, creative, and attentive to detail
Strong presence and level of professionalism
Positive demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and immediately respond to requests
Excellent communication; writing and proofreading skills
Must be flexible with hours
▸ Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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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.

▸ 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.

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.

▸ Must have experience with Google Ads and Analytics
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.


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.


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