The Peter Roth Internship Program, named in honor of the legendary television executive, offers a paid internship each year for 20 talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities who are interested in a career in television. 


The Peter Roth Internship Program is made possible by generous support from: 

Ava DuVernay's ARRAY Alliance

The Berlanti Family Foundation

The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation

The Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation

About Peter Roth Internship

Starting this fall, the Paley Center will offer students a comprehensive paid internship that expands upon the institution’s long-running accredited internship programs and includes three key components for an unparalleled educational experience.

  • Using the renowned Paley Archive and unmatched collection of television programming, the Paley Center will offer an extensive course to help students better understand the importance of diverse voices and portrayals on television.

  • Interns will attend guest lectures, meet-and-greets, and Q&A sessions with television executives, talent, showrunners, writers, and other members of a creative team to gain an appreciation for the art of storytelling.

  • The program will also include first-hand experience working at the Paley Center, along with site visits to networks, sets, and studios, to provide a valuable understanding of the business side of television.

After completing the program, students will join a thriving alumni community with ongoing engagement and support from the Paley Center as they navigate their careers. Through a Paley intern alumni association, they will continue to receive expert advice and counsel, special networking opportunities and events, and make lifelong connections within the television industry.

To Apply

Applicants must be rising junior or senior students currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university. The selection is highly competitive and based on a combination of criteria including evidence of exemplary academic achievement and exceptional leadership skills. Students will be able to participate virtually and in-person, if conditions allow.

Applications Open on April 30, 2021

The application process will open in April for the inaugural program, which starts in the fall of 2021.

Welcome! Applications for the inaugural fall 2021 class open in April.

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