WXXI Internships

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:  Assist with day-to-day activities in the Accounting Department. Work would include assisting with month-end closing, account analysis and reconciliations, and the accounts receivable and accounts payable cycles.  Will reconcile checking and investment accounts to general ledger.  Working under the supervision of the Director of Finance, who is a CPA and CMA, the intern should be majoring in accounting and possess good analytical skills.

TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONSThis internship will provide a college-level student with experience in the technology and operations of television and radio broadcasting facilities with a strong emphasis on the technology employed and the operations involved in broadcasting. This will include on-air television operations, AM & FM transmitter operations, as well as digital television facility management. The goal of the technology & operations internship is to give students a background and the entry-level skills to begin a career in the broadcast industry.

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.  Duties will include working with 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, be hard- working, organized, be able to take initiative and take direction. No medical experience is necessary.

CREATIVE SERVICES/PUBLIC INFORMATION: Assist the Station Publicist and Creative Services staff. Duties include writing press releases, posting online highlights on the website, assembling mailing lists, researching special projects, providing assistance with outreach efforts and assisting with promotional efforts for all of WXXI’s services.
Word processing & strong writing skills required; English or Communications majors preferred.

WXXI CENTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Intern will participate in a diverse range of activities related to the production of audio, video, online, and social media news content for radio, television, and the web. In addition to content development and writing, the intern will be involved in activities such as field and studio production, talk show guest relations, research, and office support. Under the direction of the news director, the intern will be assigned to work with members of the news staff or, at times, independently. The intern may have the opportunity to occasionally explore other departments at WXXI during the news internship, such as creative services or technology/operations. The intern should be able to demonstrate an awareness of current events and a basic understanding of journalism ethics. Strong writing and verbal skills required.

AUDIO ENGINEERING: Duties will include preventive and routine maintenance of equipment, installation and assembly of audio gear as needed. There will be live broadcasts which include the setup of microphones, mixers and recorders as each particular remote dictates. Studio production will require the same skills as above with the added emphasis on production and editing along with dubbing, documentation and the distribution of nationally produced shows. Interns will assist on client type services, may be asked to assist in other departments with audio-related tasks, learn the operation of the ENCO storage and automation system and assist producers and staff. 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:  Assist 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 through 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 covers to production of the 2-3 minute thematic segments.

TELEVISION PRODUCTION: This internship provides an overview of all aspects of both television and radio studio and field productions. The intern will be trained in basic studio positions, including camera operator, teleprompter, and floor manager, and will also be introduced to studio lighting, audio operations, graphics composition, technical directing, and editing. The intern will assist in the pre-production, production, and post-production of broadcast and non-broadcast events. Hours are flexible depending on the production schedule.


Contact:            Sharon Congelli
                        Director of Human Resources
                        (585) 258-0220