PBS Food Intern (summer)
Public Broadcasting Service - Arlington, VA

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POSITION: Intern, PBS Food (SUMMER)
DEPARTMENT: PBS Digital
SALARY: $12.00/hour (undergrads and recents grads) and $15.00/hour (graduate students)
TIME COMMITTMENT : 30-40 hours/week, June 1st – August 15th, 2013 (flexible)

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVE:
Contribute editorial, social media and SEO support to PBS.org Food site

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Support the PBS Food team in the updating and maintenance of the PBS.org Food site, including updating and collecting recipes.
Write and post food articles and interviews as needed.
Work with PBS Digital teams to pitch PBS Food sites and special features to news sites, aggregators, community networking sites, and blogs.
Investigate and suggest social applications and practices to enhance the PBS Food site and build awareness and credibility for the project.
Coordinate posting calendar and schedule with Fresh Tastes food bloggers, and work with external sites and bloggers to promote the Fresh Tastes content.
Assist in the optimization of PBS Food for search engines

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
High fluency in the Web is mandatory;
Experience in the creation or maintenance of Web sites (either by hand or through commonly-available applications or templates) and/or publishing to blogs is preferred; Wordpress experience is preferred.
Personal participation and interest in online communities/user-generated content sites is a requirement (facebook, youtube, flickr, etc);
Interest in and comfort with online video.

PREFERED EDUCATION/MAJOR/GPA:
No preference. Demonstrated communication skills preferred.

OTHER DESIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/QUALITIES:
Self-starter and independent thinker;
Creative, entrepreneurial personality who can brainstorm new ways of reaching online audiences with PBS content and services;
Strong communication skills including impeccable writing and spelling;
Quick learner who can pick up new technical skills as needed;
Close attention to detail;
Interest in PBS programming and food or cooking is preferred

SKILLS THE INTERN MIGHT GAIN:
Broad awareness of the public broadcasting system including exposure to television and Web industry professionals and key contributors, issues and programs;
An understanding of how the digital landscape is affecting the wider media industry;
Increased Web production skills;
Exposure to editorial decision-making in a high-quality, new media environment;
An understanding of digital marketing and promotion;
Working knowledge of search engine optimization;
Understanding of the challenges in the management of digital assets.
Understanding of the Food blog and online content industry

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

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