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ASB Internships: The Paley Center for Media

Another internship opportunity that resulted from SI's ASB program... this one is with The Paley Center for Media in New York City.

If you are interested in this opportunity, apply via the instructions provided, but please also let me know (kkowatch@umich.edu).

The Paley Center for Media
DEPARTMENT: Research Services

Description: The Research Services Department creates and maintains a wide-ranging archive of information on all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and communications. Interns help organize the extensive amount of information received daily and may be assigned to special projects as well.

Interns assist in the processing of this growing information archive by selecting, clipping, and photocopying daily newspapers and periodicals. They also help answer research queries from the Center's patrons and staff, documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, and the general public.

Qualifications: A broad interest in television and communications and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized, able to work on several projects at once, and have knowledge of microfiche research techniques. A willingness to handle clerical tasks is required.

TO APPLY

All interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional) addressed to:

The Paley Center
Internship Program
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Additional internship descriptions and the appliction can be found at this link. I've also pasted the additional internship listings in the Extended Entry...

The Paley Center in New York invites qualified students to take part in the ongoing Internship Program, a structured and rewarding program designed to provide unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, and international broadcasting, as well as valuable experience in museum administration. Credit may be available through the student's school. This is not a paid internship.

Interns assist the Paley Center's staff members in nearly every phase of daily work, as well as on special projects geared to the student's skills and interests. Interns are assigned to specific departments for a semester or a summer. The departments include Curatorial, Library Services, Public Relations, Creative Services, and Research Services. At times, the Vice Presidents' Office may need an intern for a special project. It is recommended that applicants have basic clerical and word-processing skills, as well as any other specified knowledge required by the individual departments.

Listed below is detailed information on the nature of the internships within each department, including a description of duties, qualifications, and an application form. A completed application and personal interview (which may be done by phone in some instances) are mandatory for all internship candidates.

TO APPLY

All interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional) addressed to:

The Paley Center
Internship Program
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Click here to download the application (PDF format).

For additional information, please contact the Internship Office at (212) 621-6615.

Below are brief descriptions of the various departments and the qualifications needed to participate in our Internship Program:
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DEPARTMENT: Curatorial: Television, Radio, and Advertising

Description: Responsibilities of the curatorial intern may include assisting department staff in completing paperwork for incoming donations, conducting research on programs in the collection, viewing and/or listening to collection programs for content, preparing clip tapes for public programs, and writing descriptions of programs for use in the Center's literature. Interns are also expected to help with basic administrative work. Past interns in the department have tailored their internship to match a specific area of interest within their academic background, professional skills, and career goals. Responsibilities can be designed to meet student needs.

Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills, as well as professional office demeanor required. Candidates with a background in media or museum studies are desirable.

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DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

Description:
· Answer telephone calls and e-mails from end users requesting technical support for desktop problems
· New PC installations and moves
· Log support calls into tracking system
· Hardware upgrades: memory, hard drive, CD-ROM, PCI cards
· Software installation of Windows 2K/XP, MS Office Suite
· Keep inventory of computer hardware and supplies

Qualifications: Good telephone and writing skills, ability to work independently

Days and Times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
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DEPARTMENT: Library Services

Description: Interns summarize television and radio programs, and use the Center's and external reference sources to supplement information about programs listed in the Paley Center's Library Database. They add data about episode titles, series run, running time, and prominent production and cast credits, as well as nuances about program content. Interns also undertake significant research projects which lead to data updates for the Library Database.

Qualifications: Interns must have strong writing and analytical skills. Accurate computer skills are essential.

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DEPARTMENT: Public Relations

Description: Interns assist the public relations department in all aspects of PR and audience development including organizing mailings and mailing lists, compiling information for press kits, updating press lists, writing press releases, and assisting the publicists in coordinating the media for all screenings, seminars, and special events. Interns assist the department in identifying marketing and audience development opportunities through various local outlets and via the Internet. Interns also interact with other departments throughout the Paley Center, including curatorial, special events, education, registrar, development, and others, in order to help the department achieve its objectives.

Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, creative thinker, good telephone etiquette, computer skills, and interest in public relations and marketing.

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DEPARTMENT: Research Services

Description: The Research Services Department creates and maintains a wide-ranging archive of information on all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and communications. Interns help organize the extensive amount of information received daily and may be assigned to special projects as well.

Interns assist in the processing of this growing information archive by selecting, clipping, and photocopying daily newspapers and periodicals. They also help answer research queries from the Center's patrons and staff, documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, and the general public.

Qualifications: A broad interest in television and communications and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized, able to work on several projects at once, and have knowledge of microfiche research techniques. A willingness to handle clerical tasks is required.

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DEPARTMENT: Special Projects: Vice Presidents' Office

Description: This internship will occur on a project basis. Projects vary in scope and need and might not always be available as a choice for an intern.

Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work without constant direction, good telephone etiquette, and knowledge of word-processing.

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DEPARTMENT: Visitor Services
While Visitor Services does not offer an internship, we do offer the possibility of part-time employment and volunteer positions following a mandatory visit to the Paley Center and an interview process.

Description: The responsibility of a Visitor Services Representative is to assist the Paley Center staff in providing information directly to the public concerning both the Center's activities and television and radio in general. Visitor Services Representatives assist in all public areas of the Paley Center, including the Paley Center's screening rooms and theaters, library, and front desk, and they work closely with the Librarian in answering public inquiries concerning radio and television by using the Paley Center's collection and printed reference materials.

Qualifications: Employees must have good communication skills, a professional appearance, and a willingness to approach visitors. Previous customer service experience is preferred.

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DEPARTMENT: Creative Services: Graphic Design, Web Design

Description: The Creative Services Department is seeking highly motivated interns to help lay out Quark templates such as ads, postcards, and pamphlets, scan photographs, archive files, make comprehensives, and perform general typesetting. We are also looking for individuals to assist with the programming and layouts of web pages: create Flash animations, update web text and images, and render illustrations. Your hard work will be rewarded with recommendation letters and an association with a prestigious institution.

Eligibility: Third- and fourth-year college students whose academic and/or professional experience combines graphic design and web programming are preferred. Communications-related and computer programming students are also eligible. If you expect to earn credit for the internship, you must include a statement from your school to that effect.

Length: February to April; September to December. Eight hours per day and at least two days a week.

Qualifications: Candidates should have working knowledge of hand-code HTML and related web technologies. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe ImageReady/Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Flash.

To apply: E-mail your résumé and state in your cover letter the following: the days you are available, the maximum hours to which you can commit, and an area of general interest in your studies to the Design Director. Also, please submit three design JPEGs and/or at least two web URLs via e-mail. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)

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DEPARTMENT: Creative Services: Editorial Assistant

Description: The Creative Services Department is seeking an enthusiastic intern to help in many aspects of production for a variety of projects, including website, postcards and flyers, and gallery spaces. Responsibilities include administrative support, copyediting and proofreading, making accurate corrections in computer files, help with photo research, assisting with galleries, and editorial maintenance of our website.

Qualifications: Candidates must be highly organized, have an excellent knowledge of grammar, and be able to pay close attention to details. Must be able to work on many projects simultaneously; knowledge of Quark, Word, and HTML is preferred.

To apply: E-mail your résumé and availability to the Managing Editor. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)

Posted by kkowatch at March 13, 2008 09:32 AM

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