Teen Transmitters Summer Internship


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 (see full schedule below). For summer 2020, the internship will be "virtual" and NOT 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 and Con Edison. Radio editing software generously donated by Hindenburg Systems.

How will Teen Transmitters be impacted by COVID-19 social distancing/stay at home orders?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Transmitters will be a “virtual” internship this summer. While we are disappointed that interns will not be able to make the Paley Center for Media their physical work place this summer, they will still be creating the same collaborative, engaging projects from home and getting to know the Paley Center’s collection (from a distance). All necessary special equipment will be provided to interns.

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

What do I need to do to apply to Teen Transmitters?

In order to apply, please fill out all four parts of the Teen Transmitter application (found below) and submit it by May 15, 2020, by 10:00 pm.

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:
May 15, 2020, by 10:00 pm: Teen Transmitters application due
May 26, 2020 Finalist candidates are notified
June 1, 2, and 3, 2020 Finalist candidates are interviewed via Zoom
June 8, 2020 Accepted Teen Transmitters interns are notified
June 22, 2020 at 11:00AM Teen Transmitters orientation via Zoom
Internship Schedule:
July 6, 7, 8, 9 2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 13, 14, 15, 16 2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 20, 21, 22, 23 2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 27, 28, 29, 30 2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 3, 4, 5, 6 2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

Deadline has now passed.