Internship (Summer 2013)
CBS Television Stations - West Sacramento, CA

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CBS News & Good Day Sacramento Internship:

The Internship Program is designed to be a learning experience for the intern, from both an educational and training perspective. The intern will observe and work under the close supervision of designated CBS employees, who will monitor and provide regular feedback on the individuals work and activities. As appropriate, the intern will be invited to participate in various departmental activities and programs.

CBS News Internship
Participating in a general news internship is the best way for a student to learn what makes a newsroom work successfully. He or she will get the opportunity to see how the different departments work together. Interns who participate in a general news internship will get to spend a day with the coordinator of the special projects and see how the station organizes its community projects. Also, they will learn how to run the teleprompter and learn the role of the floor manager. They will also see how producers stack their shows and decide what stories they choose. They will also learn how to write for broadcast and about the different formats of stories and the importance of matching words with pictures. General news interns will get the opportunity to sit in the booth and see how a show is directed and the role of the producer during a live broadcast. They will also learn to write from the AP wire and news releases as well as use the newsroom’s iNews program. They will learn how master controls and see how transmission works. They will go out in the field with reporters and learn how to interview and interact with sources. Being in the field and the newsroom, they will learn about the fast pace of television news and how crews handle breaking news. Learning to write for broadcast, they will learn the importance of being accurate and performing thorough research. They will learn the importance of varied elements when putting together a news package. They will see how stories develop at morning and afternoon meetings. An ideal candidate for general news is someone who is interested in television news, but not quite sure where he or she best fits in the newsroom.

CBS 13′s special projects unit is extremely active and responsible for producing Call Kurtis, Buy It and Try It, On The Money, Fix It & Reconstructing California (two new franchises for 2012) and other special reports. Interns who assist the special projects unit will see not only the unique, creative side of news but also the investigative side. He or she will learn the importance of thinking “outside the box.” A special projects intern will assist with research, fact checking as well as story enterprising. He or she will learn how to investigate court cases as well as about consumer law and consumer rights. The intern will have the opportunity to see how a story develops from start to finish. He or she will also assist with logging calls from the consumer line as well as be able to go out in the field and learn the importance of asking the right questions. The special projects intern may have the opportunity to occasionally field produce by the end of his or her internship at CBS13. An ideal candidate for this position will enjoy doing research, being inquisitive, and interacting with a large variety of sources.

Good Day Sacramento Internship
CW31′s Morning show, Good Day Sacramento, is the highest rated morning show in Sacramento. The five hour live broadcast has a unique format ranging from hard news to community features. The variety of Good Day Sacramento programming makes it the news leader. The show boasts experienced and talented staff from which students can learn a great deal about producing, writing, working in the studio and the field as well as booking guests. Good Day Sacramento interns will experience first-hand breaking news in the field as well as in-studio interviews. He or she can see can see how photographers set-up live shots for live talkbacks. Interns will learn how to gather news, what is newsworthy, how the news team works together and how to write for broadcast and interact with sources. They will also learn how guests are booked and how to escort guests. They will learn how to edit, run the teleprompter, how to use iNews, read the wires, the FCC rules, planning formats in iNews, learn to print rundowns and scripts and learn how transmission works. They will also have the chance to write, spend time with producers in the booth and log tape for reporters. Students interested in applying to be a Good Day Sacramento Intern should have excellent communication and writing skills, enjoying being creative as well as have a passion for news.

Required Skills/Experience
Qualifications :
Intern applicants must be currently enrolled in college with a minimum sophomore class standing

Applicants must have successfully completed journalism, communications, or television production courses.


Candidates cannot participate in an internship at another TV news station while interning at either CBS Sacramento or Good Day Sacramento.

Any violation of this policy will result in the termination of your internship.


Because these are unpaid internships, you need to receive college credit for the hours you’ll work. To ensure acceptance into our program, we highly recommend that you register for your mandatory internship or work study course at any area college as soon as possible. Typically, those courses fill quickly.


Preferred Skills/Experience
Intern applicants must be currently enrolled in college with a minimum sophomore class standing

Applicants must have successfully completed journalism, communications, or television production courses.


Additional Candidate Instructions
Applications will only be accepted during specifics months:
July (Fall semester internship)
November (Spring semester internship)
March (Summer semester internship).


During the open application window, apply directly to the Internship using this site.

No phone calls will be accepted.

Only the most highly qualified applicants that show an interest in television broadcasting will be contacted.

Job Status
Part Time

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