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).

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.

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 April 20, 2020, by 5:00 pm.

Will I be paid as a Teen Transmitters intern?

Yes, Teen Transmitters interns will be paid $15 per hour and reimbursed for travel expenses to and from the internship.

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

Pre-Internship Schedule:
April 20, 2020 (by 5:00 pm): Teen Transmitters application due
May 1, 2020 (by 5:00 pm): Finalist candidates are notified
May 16, 2020: Finalist candidates are interviewed at The Paley Center for Media*
May 29, 2020 (by 5:00 pm): Accepted Teen Transmitters interns are notified
June 13, 2020: Teen Transmitters orientation at the Paley Center for Media*
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

*These dates are non-negotiable

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.

Please do not submit an incomplete application. All four parts must be complete for your application to be considered.

Part I: Personal Information
Part II: School Information
Part III: Short Answer (please limit answers to 300 words or less)
Part IV: Teacher/Mentor Recommendation
Please upload a letter of recommendation written by a teacher/school administrator/mentor on their school/organization letterhead. Your letter of recommendation should not be written by a person related to you.