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CBS News Internship Program

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Oct. 2, 2019 — CBS News now has spring internship openings in New York. Get info and apply here. Also check out news apprentice positions at CBS Television Stations.

Company Description 

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CBS Corporation is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — “the Eye” — one of the most recognized in business.

The company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia.

Job Description

CBS News accepts applications for paid internships, with positions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

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Assignments vary day-to-day and duties vary in each department. Interns can expect to learn fundamental news-gathering skills, find, confirm and report news stories, greet guests, log tapes, coordinate script, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist during shoots, select footage, perform light clerical duties and assist producers and talent.  

Juniors and seniors are eligible and placement possibilities include The Evening News, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS This Morning, CBS This Morning: Saturday, Sunday Morning, Newspath, News Radio, Talent Strategy, National Desk, CBSN, Press Office, Weekend News, News Marketing and the Investigative Unit.

Each student is selected and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn fundamental news gathering skills, find, confirm and report news stories, log tapes, coordinate scripts, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist during shoots, select footage, perform light clerical duties and assist staff members. Duties vary in each department. Placement is at the sole discretion of the Director.

Learn more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-internship-program/

Departments:

“48 Hours” (NY) A CBS News magazine that goes behind the headlines to investigate baffling crimes, heartless scams and compelling real-life dramas.

“60 Minutes” (NY & DC) A CBS News magazine with investigative reports and features focusing on people and events in the news and behind the headlines.
Broadcast Marketing (NY) The unit that is a liason between broadcasts and affiliates.

“CBS This Morning” (NY & DC) One of three live national morning shows that reports on a variety of topics including general news, business, consumer affairs, entertainment, health and medical.

“CBS Evening News” (NY & DC)
A nightly broadcast that covers breaking news reports, features and interviews by CBS News correspondents covering events throughout the world.

”Face the Nation” (DC) A weekly broadcast hosted by John Dickerson that discusses current national affairs with the principal newsmaker(s) of the week.

Investigative Unit (NY & DC) The unit that produces hard-hitting, in-depth stories about government waste, homeland security, terrorism, crime, health insurance, medical fraud, etc.

National Desk (NY & DC) This is the center for domestic newsgathering for all CBS News broadcasts.

News Marketing (NY)
The unit that produces on-air promotion for television, radio and print for all network news broadcasts.

Newspath (NY & DC)
The newsgathering and distribution unit that gathers footage, edits and redistributes video to affiliates about national & international news, weather, sports, health reports, business & consumer news.

Political Unit (NY & DC) The unit that covers presidential campaigns for the network and produces and coordinates coverage across all broadcast & digital platforms.

Press Office (NY) The department that handles publicity for all CBS News broadcasts.

Radio News (NY & DC) The network radio station with hourly newscasts, instant coverage of breaking stories, special reports, updates, features, customized reports and newsfeed material for 500+ affiliates.

Special Events (DC) This unit covers scheduled news events, breaking news stories and long term logistical projects related to VIP coverage and Field remotes for the network news division.

“CBS Sunday Morning” (NY) A weekly broadcast reviewing events of the preceding week, covering the world of fine art, music, nature, sports, science and Americana.

Weekend News (NY & DC) The weekend edition of Evening News broadcast. It features reports and interviews by CBS News correspondents covering events, trends, and issues around the world.

Requirements

  • Current undergraduate (rising junior or above) and graduate students are eligible.
  • Students majoring in journalism, broadcasting or communications are preferred; other majors will be considered.
  • Participants must have good computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities and knowledge of current events.
  • A 3.0 GPA or above is recommended. Students must be able to meet the minimum time commitment — full time during the summer; at least three full weekdays in fall/spring.
  • Recent graduates are not eligible for this program.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Is this a paid position?

Yes, CBS News will compensate each student an hourly wage. CBS News does not require students to receive college credit. Students are solely responsible for coordinating and meeting the credit requirements of their college/university.

How to Apply

Job listings can be found here.

Email all the following materials together: application (see link to word doc on website), resume, transcript (can be unofficial), a 1-page essay about why you want the internship and a letter from your university confirming that you are a student working toward a degree at their accredited college and support your participation in a paid internship at CBS News.

  • NY BUREAU: internships@cbsnews.com
  • DC BUREAU: DCinterns@cbsnews.com

Due to the high volume of applicants, the office cannot respond to application-status inquiries; complete application packets are reviewed and qualified students are contacted directly for a Skype or in-person interview, depending on applicant location.

Deadlines

Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; the number of positions varies for each semester:

  • Spring | Semester applications open: Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
  • Summer | Semester applications open: Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
  • Fall | Semester applications open: June 1 – June 30

Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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