What is Teen Transmitters?

Teen Transmitters at The Paley Center for Media is a 100-hour summer internship for rising 11th and 12th grade students who attend New York City public high schools. The summer internship will last five weeks, meeting four times a week for five hours at a time except where noted otherwise (see full schedule below). For summer 2022, the internship will be in-person.

What Impact Does Media Have on Society? This is the essential question students will explore as a Teen Transmitters intern. During the course of this program, interns will take a deep dive into media literacy and explore how the words, sounds, and images they encounter every day make an impression on them. In addition to studying the media landscape, interns will find out what it means to be a media maker. Industry professionals, museum curators, journalists, documentarians, and podcast producers will be invited to speak to the students about their career paths and act as mentors over the course of the program. As a culminating project, interns will produce an original podcast series about their relationship to media. Above all, interns will gain skills in public speaking, interviewing, research, writing, and audio production that are crucial for college and career readiness.

Teen Transmitters is made possible by support from the Pinkerton Foundation, Con Edison, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

How will Teen Transmitters be impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis?

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Transmitters will be required to be vaccinated and boosted ahead of the start of the internship. While at the Paley Center masks will be required additionally. We will update our COVID-19 policy according to the CDC guidelines.

Who is eligible to apply to Teen Transmitters?

The Teen Transmitters application is open to rising 11th and 12th grade students that attend New York City public schools.

All participants must present a valid employment certificate (NY State Working Papers) upon commencement of the program and must be able to work legally in the U.S. More information about NY State Working Papers can be found here: https://labor.ny.gov/youth/14-to-17.shtm

Will I be paid as a Teen Transmitters intern?

Yes, Teen Transmitters interns will be paid $15 per hour.

What is the Teen Transmitters timeline? (If you choose to apply, please mark your calendars with these important dates.)

Pre-Internship Schedule:
April 11, 2022, by 5:00 pm ET Teen Transmitters application due
April 29, 2022 Finalist candidates are notified
May 10, 11, 12, 2022 Finalist candidates are interviewed via Zoom
May 20, 2022 Accepted Teen Transmitters interns are notified
June 25, 2022, at 11:00 am ET* Teen Transmitters orientation
Internship Schedule:
July 5, 6, 7, 2022* 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 11, 12, 13, 14, 2022* 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 18, 19, 20, 21, 2022* 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 25, 26, 27, 28, 2022* 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2022* 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

*These dates are non-negotiable

A letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor MUST be submitted in order to be considered for the internship. Please make sure the letter of recommendation includes their name, phone number, and email address. Please upload your teacher/mentor letter of recommendation as a “FILE.”

Please double check that all email addresses on your application are entered correctly. Errors might impact our ability to get in touch with you about your application.

If you have any questions about Teen Transmitters that haven't been answered by this application, please feel free to reach out to Rebekah Fisk at eduny@paleycenter.org.

Click here to apply
Application are now closed