KMSP/WFTC Academic Internship Program - KMSP-TV

KMSP/WFTC Academic Internship Program

This program enhances professional skill development for students interested in a career in television. Students will, in a hands-on environment and/or through independent research, have an opportunity to refine proficiency and/or gain in depth knowledge in various television media or production areas.

Interns must be current students receiving college credit.

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For consideration:

Applicants should forward resume, letter of interest, an application and academic credit confirmation to:

Human Resources Department
KMSP/WFTC – Fox Television Stations, Inc.
13158 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344


For additional information and an application you may contact the Human Resources Department at hrminnesota@foxtv.com.

NEWS DEPARTMENT: Under the supervision of the Assignment Editors all News student interns will gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a fast-paced news environment. Overall, an internship with the News Department will involve assisting the news staff with compiling packets of information, answering phones and other duties that will be useful in the news gathering process. This internship may include some field experience with News Reporters to cover developing stories. Student interns are expected to assist producer with researching, and preparing news packets for News Anchors and scanning wires. Also, student interns will assist Assignment Desk Editors and News Producers with phone calls to assist in the development of stories, as well as filing press releases, sorting scripts and writing practice scripts as needed. This internship requires learning the news computer system.

SPORTS DEPARTMENT: Under the supervision of the Sports Producers/Reporters, the student intern(s) will gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of the Sports Department. Student intern(s) will be exposed to how the Sports Department covers stories; and edit and air sports for the evening newscasts and special shows. Student intern(s) will assist in all facets of production. Duties include but are not limited to: checking wire reports, logging feeds and games, preparing initial scripts, working with editors to produce high-lights, and retrieving and achieving videotapes. This internship may include some field experience to cover sports events with a camera crew and Sportscaster. Student intern(s) must be self-starters, organized, and able to work evening and weekends hours.

INTERACTIVE: KMSP FOX 9 / WFTC My 29 is seeking students interested in learning the ins and outs of web production, interactive sales and marketing. Three different positions are available. Two positions will assist in the design of ad components (including ad banners, email blasts and landing pages) presentations and promotional materials for myfox9.com and its advertising partners. One position will focus on interactive sales and promotion for myfox9.com. During these internships students will receive hands on experience and will be exposed to the fast paced environment of the broadcast and interactive industry. For two of the internship positions the ability to work with Photoshop and Illustrator is required, with HTML and Flash knowledge is a plus. The other internship position requires effective written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to work with Microsoft Office. This is an unpaid internship for current students. Students must receive college credit in order to participate in this program.

WEATHER: Under the supervision of the Chief Meteorologist, weather interns will learn to operate weather graphics system and be capable of creating a ready-for-broadcast weather show by the end of the internship. Interns will learn the weather systems in addition to FOX 9's and be capable of assisting the on-air Meteorologists in tracking and analyzing severe storms. Interns will also learn the crawl system for weather alerts and will assist the on-air Meteorologists with preparing crawls (with strict supervision) for broadcast. Interns will study meteorological model data and create local forecast for comparison with the on-air Meteorologists forecast. As time permits, interns will practice delivering a weathercast at the Chromakey Wall and in the WeatherCenter.

PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT: Who are the people who get you to watch T.V. shows? It's the Promotion Producers job to lure viewers to watch Fox Prime Programs, including our newscasts. Find out how they do it! Take part in the T.V. marketing process which includes writing, producing, directing, videography, and non-linear editing by watching our producers create topical promos for newscasts and entertainment programs. You will even have the chance to write and prepare your own topical promo taking your ideas through the production process.

CREATIVE SERVICES INTERNSHIP: This internship is designed for individuals who want to gain experience in the PR and Marketing fields, with a focus on social media. This intern will help coordinate and execute all social media efforts for FOX 9 and MY 29. Intern will be involved in multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. The intern will initiate and maintain dialogue with viewers, include live-tweeting syndicated comedies on MY 29 and composing tease/tells for news on Facebook and Twitter. The intern will also generate ideas for new ways to connect with our users across all platforms.

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Under the supervision of the Human Resources Director, the student intern will receive practical application experience and exposure to fundamental human resources generalist functions including applicant tracking, applicant screening and interviewing, referencing, and employee in-processing and out-processing. Administrative/clerical duties may include word-processing, assisting with the phone (e.g. answering, screening, referring, and making calls), handling incoming and outgoing mail, and maintaining jobline, job postings, mailing lists, and various administrative/clerical assignments. Student intern must be customer service oriented, highly confidential, and possess good verbal, written, organizational, multi-tasking skills, and high level of attention to details.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS: Under the supervision of the Producer/Community Coordinator the student intern(s) will participate in every aspect of the Community Affairs office. The student intern(s) will handle inquiries from the public, and will be involved in some production work. The student intern(s) will provide administrative support for community affairs campaigns, log incoming PSA tapes, write/change orders for Master Control, update mailing lists of community organizations and compile FCC Quarterly Issues Reports. This internship will also include pre-production work to develop KMSP's Community Events Calendar, write scripts for the calendar, as well as conduct control room production sessions for Public Service Announcements. Student intern(s) will recommend music for graphics, screen, and critique and recommend incoming videotapes for airing. Student intern(s) will be exposed to the practices and procedures of public relations in broadcasting. Will assist with gathering information from news talent for press releases. Student intern(s) should be self-starters, detailed-oriented, and have good phone skills.

ENGINEERING: If you enjoy the behind-the-scenes action, you will be interested in the technical side of news. Engineering technicians spend time both in the studio and out in the field working to bring T.V. newscasts to you! We have technicians in the studio listening on headsets as the directors call for camera shots and other studio elements such as master control and audio. Another aspect of working as a technician is speaking time in the field with a microwave or satellite "live" truck learning about what is required for a live shot and how an ENG/SNG truck operates. In this experience, you will have the opportunity to experience the many responsibilities of an Engineering technician.

FINANCE: Are you in school for accounting, economics, business or finance? If so, this internship would provide the opportunity to learn the many important functions of the Finance Department including the Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Credit and Payroll divisions. Go through the log, reporting and month-end process. Learn how our employee appreciation committee budgets their monthly events to gain knowledge of the budgeting process.

MARKETING: KMSP FOX 9 / WFTC My 29 is seeking a student interested in learning the ins and outs of television marketing and promotions. This position will implement sales promotions and coordinate work events with FOX 9 and My 29 advertisers. During this internship students will have hands on experience with the full production of large scale marketing promotions and events. You will be exposed to the television sales environment. Must have strong Microsoft Office skills, great attention to detail, flexible schedule and an outgoing personality. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

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