The CBS 62/CW50 Detroit internship program is designed for students currently enrolled at a college or university who are interested in the media business. The objective is to provide students (undergraduate and graduate) with a meaningful work experience while complimenting the educational experience. Internships are unpaid for credit only.
Benefits of an internship for students include:
- Practical work experience
- Better understanding of the business
- Promote career and personal development
- Exposure to industry professionals
- Currently attending an accredited college and have achieved junior or senior status
- Must receive college academic credit – No Exceptions
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Able to meet the minimum time commitment for the internship program
- Submit application packet
- Apply online (Directions below)
- Personal interview
Internships are offered: (Dates may vary)
- Winter/Spring à January to May
- Summer à June to August
- Fall à September to December
During the Spring/Fall, the exact dates are determined by the student’s schedule; However, student must commit to the minimum hours requirement of 20 hrs per week. The duration of the internship will be determined by the requirements of the college/university to earn college credit and will be unpaid.
The following departments currently offering internships include:
Community Affairs/Programming Internship: This internship provides student interns the opportunity to gain experience in Community Affairs and Local Programming. Intern responsibilities may include the following activities:
- Production Assistant for our weekly Community Affairs programs
- Write scripts for weekly Community Calendars
- Write & research scripts/questions for Street Beat every other week
- Research and write community events for web sites
- Write website community content
- Possible on-camera work for PSA’s or Community Affairs programs
- Production Assistant on Community Affairs EFP’s (as needed)
- Write PSA’s and assist with PSA production (as needed)
- Research potential topics for future programs or PSA’s
- Screen National PSA’s (as needed)
- Assist during station-sponsored Community Events (as needed)
- DVD dubbing (as needed)
- Assist Programming, Traffic, Creative Services departments as needed
There are two Community Affairs internships offered for the winter, summer, and fall terms. Interns generally work either a Monday-Wednesday-Thursday shift or a Tuesday-Thursday-Friday shift. Interns must be available on Thursdays for studio production. Interns interested in production/editing must be available on Friday.
Sales & Marketing & Digital Media Internship: This internship provides students the opportunity to gain experience related to Sales/Marketing and Digital Media in the television broadcasting arena.
Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:
- Assist in coordinating marketing projects like on-air and online contests, casting calls, and other special events
- Participate in scheduled marketing events as well as creative brainstorming sessions for new sales/marketing opportunities
- Assist the Digital Media team with brainstorming creative ideas and researching content for CW50detroit.com and/or CBSDetroit.com
- Assist with writing blog posts or stories for CW50detroit.com and/or CBSDetroit.com
- May have the opportunity to work on the creation of sales or marketing materials for the sales staff
- Some possible observation and participation in production of marketing promos
- Assist the sales staff by gathering and organizing sales leads from various media sources
- May have the opportunity to be involved in some promotional script writing
- Assist with researching future events and posting relevant news stories on CW50detroit.com and/or CBSDetroit.com
- May have the opportunity to take photos at events as well as assist with assembling photo galleries online
Must be proficient using MS Office applications, and excellent written communication skills are a must. Experience using Adobe Photoshop is a plus. Hours may include some weekends and evenings in order to organize and participate in off-site events.
Creative Services Internship: Student interns participating in this internship will have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities related to Creative Services:
- Editing (topicals), station IDs and other on-air/web materials as assigned
- Shooting/assisting production of community affairs programming (both in studio and out in the field)
- Assisting in CS shoots (production assistant, pre-production, talent releases, etc. as well as casting call assistance)
- Shooting, writing, editing web diaries of station events
- Organizing/updating film and music/sfx libraries (including logs for existing tapes with no current content identification)
- Organizing syndicated programming tapes/topical feed tapes back in storage area
- Web posting updates (with guidance)
- Outside station events staffing/booth set-up (especially for spring/summer interns)
- Organizing and maintenance of the prize closet
- Other duties as they arise.
- Must be currently enrolled at a college or university and eligible to earn academic credit for the successful completion of the program.
- Ideal candidates will have a passion for television and the business of television.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, General PC experience), communication skills (both written and verbal) and be self motivated. Web experience a plus.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels.
- Must be flexible, professional, responsible and reliable and have the maturity to be able to handle sensitive/confidential information.
- A fast learner with sharp attention to detail.
Method of Application:
- Note: Applications will only be accepted from college students currently enrolled at a college or university who are able to provide verification of enrollment and a letter from the educational institution which states academic credit will be earned for the successful completion of the program. No exceptions.
- Resume and cover letter accepted only through our online application system.
To apply, please click here.
If selected for an interview, you will need to provide the following:
- Internship Application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Writing sample
If accepted into our program, you will need to present on your first day:
- Letter indicating certification of college academic credit to be awarded upon successful completion of the internship from the Internship Advisor or Professor of the program at the College or University being attended.
It is the continuing policy of CBS 62/CW50 Detroit to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, marital status, or height or weight and to conform to applicable federal and state laws and regulations.