WXXI Internship Opportunities

WXXI Internship Opportunities

Since 1958, WXXI has provided the Greater Rochester area with the finest radio and television programming available. Operating four television channels, six radio stations and many online offerings, WXXI put the community first with programs that stimulate and expand thought, inspire the spirit, open cultural horizons and promote understanding of diverse community issues. By being Rochester’s source for PBS and NPR programming, WXXI is one of the most accessible and trusted voices in the community.

WXXI offers internships at its State Street studios in Rochester, New York. The internship program is designed to provide motivated students with an opportunity to learn about public media and the supporting areas of the radio and television industries.


The intern will become familiar with day-to-day activities in the Accounting Department. You will be trained in month-end closing, account analysis and reconciliations, and the accounts receivable and accounts payable cycles. Will learn the processes for reconciliation of checking and investment accounts to general ledger. Working under the supervision of the CFO, the intern should be majoring in accounting and possess good analytical skills.


Supervised by the Communications Content Strategist and Creative Services staff, will observe and learn to write press releases, post online highlights on the website, craft posts for social media, assemble mailing lists, research special projects, and be involved in outreach and promotional efforts for all of WXXI’s services.  Word processing & strong writing skills required; English or Communications majors preferred.


Under supervision of the Connections Producer and Host, this intern will learn about preparation and production of a daily public affairs radio program. Training and experience will include development of program topics, selecting and booking guests for programs, pre-show research on programs and topics, use of social and online media related to the program, call screening and other in-studio responsibilities. Minimum requirements: Good verbal skills, solid online and social media skills, strong computer research skills, basic knowledge of journalism


Under the supervision of the News Director, this intern will learn about the inner workings of a public media news room, and be trained in the journalism skills needed to cover news in an objective and balanced way. Training and experience will include interview recording and transcription, research, writing, production and editing of material for broadcast and online. Minimum requirements: Strong writing and verbal skills, solid online and social media skills, basic knowledge of journalism


Under the supervision of the Music Director, this intern will learn about the preparation, production and presentation of music radio programming, and be trained in the skills needed to present this programming on air, on line and on mobile. Training and experience will include researching, recording and editing artist interviews and performances; use of social and online media related to programming; on air programming and presentation skills; and basic audio. Intern may also be asked to participate in pledge drives and station events. Minimum requirements: Knowledge of music genre, strong writing and verbal skills, solid online, social media and computer skills


Under the supervision of the Reachout Radio Director, this intern will learn the basics of running a reading service for people who are blind and visually impaired. Training and experience will include recording and editing of daily readings; filling in for readers; scheduling volunteers and processing receiver requests. Minimum requirements: Strong organizational and computer skills; basic broadcast experience is helpful.


Under the supervision of the Senior Audio Producer, this intern will learn the operation of the recording studios and advanced audio production skills. Training and experience will include hands-on practice on the technical equipment; feed recordings and mixes; broadcast production. Minimum requirements: Candidates with technical experience and/or background preferred.


Under the supervision of the Little Theatre Café Music Coordinator, this intern will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of a working music venue and its management; become familiar with the local music scene and contacts (in a variety of musical genres); understand the role that music plays in the management of a venue; understand and experience booking acts; create and implement marketing tools; build relationships with media contacts; and understand audience development in a non-profit/mission-driven music business. This intern will also receive experience in the use of social media for outreach and report on outcomes of social media marketing. The internship may also include studying and reporting on the motivations and habits of patrons and potential patrons of The Little Theatre Café, as well as the satisfaction and success of the artists/musical groups. Internships that occur during the summer could also include experience with the Hochstein at High Falls lunchtime music series. Minimum requirements: Strong organizational skills, strong writing and verbal skills, solid online, social media and computer skills


Supervised by the Festival Director and Events and Special Programming Coordinator, the One Take Documentary Film Festival Media Intern will observe and learn the management of calls for shorts submissions, posting online website information and events, assembling marketing materials, researching niche marketing for specific film titles in the festival, and be involved in outreach efforts for program guide distribution and all festival marketing and public relations. Word processing, strong writing skills, and web-based research skills required; Marketing, Film Studies or Communications majors preferred.


Will become familiar with WXXI’s educational services, outreach efforts, and community programs. Under guidance of Education Department staff, primarily the Manager of Educational Training & Family Engagement, the Education Intern will: Participate in WXXI’s Summer Learning events and other educational outreach efforts; learn about engaging families and children in informal learning spaces, how to design learning activities for family-friendly events, and what resources are available from PBS KIDS to support in-person activities; collaborate with WXXI’s community partners; learn how educational technology and media supports learning in/out of the classroom; and learn about the educational media services WXXI provides to the Greater Rochester area. Must have experience working with young children (ages 2-8) in either a camp, school, daycare, or other related environment. Must be available Thursdays in July and August. Enrollment in a teacher preparation program preferred.


Contact:Tashanda Thomas
Director of Human Resources