WXXI Internship Opportunities

Since 1958, WXXI has provided the Greater Rochester area with the finest radio and television programming available. Operating four television channels, six radio stations and many online offerings, WXXI put the community first with programs that stimulate and expand thought, inspire the spirit, open cultural horizons and promote understanding of diverse community issues. By being Rochester’s source for PBS and NPR programming, WXXI is one of the most accessible and trusted voices in the community.

  • ACCOUNTING: Will become familiar with day-to-day activities in the Accounting Department. Will be trained in month-end closing, account analysis and reconciliations, and the accounts receivable and accounts payable cycles.  Will learn the processes for reconciliation of checking and investment accounts to general ledger.  Working under the supervision of the CFO, who is a CPA and CMA, the intern should be majoring in accounting and possess good analytical skills.
  • SECOND OPINION: A medical program that is being produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting to air nationally on public TV stations. The half-hour series is studio- based and engages a panel of healthcare professionals/experts, from various areas of medicine from Rochester and around the country, in carefully researched real-life medical cases. As viewers watch these experts discuss the case, they learn about complex medical issues and become better consumers of their own healthcare. It is our goal to raise the level of public understanding of healthcare and medical decision making. The Second Opinion intern will observe and be trained by our production team in the following areas:  Content development, writing, guest relations, pre-and studio production, and all areas of day-to-day office support. Qualified students should have strong desire to learn television production, available for a flexible schedule and organized. No medical experience is necessary.
  • CREATIVE SERVICES/PUBLIC INFORMATION: Supervised by the Station Publicist and Creative Services staff. Will observe and learn writing of press releases, posting online highlights on the website, assembling mailing lists, researching special projects, and be involved in outreach and promotional efforts for all of WXXI's services. Word processing & strong writing skills required; English or Communications majors preferred.
  • CONNECTIONS  & RADIO OPERATIONS: Under supervision of host of Connections with Evan Dawson to learn preparation for daily radio program. Will learn about development of possible program topics, lining up potential guests for programs, processes of guest bookings, checking the Web and wires for information and background data relating to upcoming programs and topics. Will receive training from Operations Producer on various technical and production-related duties. Minimum requirements: Good verbal skills, strong computer research skills & math aptitude.
  • AUDIO ENGINEERING: Will learn preventive and routine maintenance of equipment, installation and assembly of audio gear. Will be trained in preparation for live broadcasts, including the setup of microphones, mixers and recorders, as each particular remote dictates. Studio production will involve  the same training as above with added emphasis on production and editing, along with dubbing, documentation and the distribution of nationally produced shows. Interns will experience client services and may be exposed to other departments with audio-related tasks.  Will learn the operation of the ENCO storage and automation system.  Hours can be flexible as needed. A great work ethic and communication skills are a must. Qualified students should have a basic knowledge of audio production.
  • TELEVISION / HOMEWORK HOTLINE: Under the supervision of the Executive Producer and the Producer of Homework Hotline.  Homework Hotline is WXXI's live statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air.  Designed for children in grades 4-12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television.  In addition to providing homework help, the show presents daily thematic segments on animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, health, and people/places in New York State. This internship provides training in the production of the 2-3 minute thematic segments.
  • CLASSICAL MUSIC INTERN: Under the supervision of the FM Classical Program Director and the Classical Music Director, this intern will learn about the preparation and production of arts and cultural radio programming, and be trained in the skills needed to present this programming on air, on line and on mobile. Training and experience will include: compiling arts calendar announcements and ticket giveaways; researching, recording and editing artist interviews and performances; use of social and online media related to programming; creating, updating and maintaining a music database; and basic audio editing and production of arts features. Intern may also be asked to participate in pledge drives and station events.

Minimum requirements: Thorough knowledge of Classical Music, strong writing and verbal skills, solid online, social media and computer skills

Contact:            Sharon Congelli
                        Director of Human Resources
                        internship@wxxi.org