KATU Television offers a year-round unpaid college internship program for students who have identified their career goals in communications and are currently enrolled in school.
The aim of the KATU internship program is to expose students to the daily demands and challenges of a commercial broadcasting operation and to provide as much “hands on” opportunity as possible, appropriate to individual interests, training and talents.
The duration of the individual internship is synchronized with the academic term of the student's institution (typically 12-16 weeks).
In order to be considered a candidate for the program, KATU must receive:
• Completed application form
• Resume & cover letter
• One letter of recommendation (preferably from college supervisor or teacher)
• Proof of junior or senior status in a 4-year college or 2nd year status in a 2-year college
• Letter from academic advisor or registrar’s office verifying the amount of credits student will receive for internship
Qualified students will be contacted for an interview. Prior to becoming an active intern, a successful candidate will be required to submit to a drug screening. Applicants who refuse to sign a consent form or undergo the drug screening will be denied the internship, since drug screening is an integral part of the company’s procedures used to determine suitability for employment and to attempt to provide a drug-free work place.
GOALS OF THE NEWS INTERNSHIP:
1. To expose students to an operational broadcast environment, with its deadlines, challenges and pressures
2. To help students understand and experience the hiring process in broadcasting
3. To allow students to meet and get to know professionals in the communications industry who might serve as mentors and guides for the student’s career
4. To provide students sufficient hands-on experience so they can make informed career choices and to meet their career goals
5. To allow students to observe the decision-making processes involved in programming and/or news gathering
6. To allow students to share in the workload and, when possible, to gain practical experience in the day-to-day operations of a television station
7. To help students complete the internship for school credit in a satisfactory manner and add the experience to a resume
Students do not perform on-air work. Depending on skill level, many cover news events and write scripts for anchors and reporter. In addition, they are often called upon to undertake research for the assignment editor, reporters and producers. Those interested in reporting are encouraged to write, voice and edit stories for their video tape.