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Internship Information


Why an internship program?

KING 5 has offered undergraduate internships for many years. The station remains committed to the belief that practical work experience adds realism to classroom theory and concepts. KING 5 views internships as a vital part of a student's preparation for employment. Our Seattle facility provides a unique setting where students can experience firsthand the reality of working in broadcasting. Through the Undergraduate Internship Program, KING 5 invests in tomorrow's workforce by offering challenging educational opportunities today.

What can students gain from the program?

The classroom setting provides an excellent forum for acquiring and analyzing information; likewise, a successful internship affords students the chance to apply what they have learned in class to real life situations. As an intern at KING 5, students can test their creative talent, exercise their analytical skills and increase their understanding of broadcast operations and industry trends. In addition, through their interactions with established professionals, interns often find mentors and role models who can facilitate their career planning.

What does KING 5 look for in an intern?

Ideal candidates for KING 5 internships are current college students in their Junior or Senior year, with at least one quarter remaining before graduation. Liberal Arts majors are preferred, however, students majoring in other areas will also be considered. Qualified students must have strong written and oral communication skills and be interested in a broadcasting career.

How many hours are required for internships?

Generally, internships are available year round. Most internships are one quarter long (approximately ten weeks). Evening Magazine internships are for six months. The number of part-time and full time internships available may vary from quarter to quarter.

Hours are to be arranged according to the needs of the department and the scheduling requirements of individual interns. Most part time interns will work at least 20 hours per week, with specific days and times agreed upon in advance.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Internships are paid at minimum wage. The number of internships available will vary each quarter.

Is college credit for my internship required?

Yes. Confirmation from the University of enrollment in the for-credit internships will be required. The allocation of college credit is at the discretion of your local college or university. Students are responsible for meeting any university registration requirements. The final authority on credits received remains with the university and/or its designated representative.

How do I apply for an internship?

To apply for your internship program, click here

Finalist will be contacted for a personal interview (Out of state finalist may be interviewed by phone only) All internship offers will be confirmed by written notice.


Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for the following Internships:

  • Assignment Desk
  • Digital Media
  • Morning News
  • Community Relations
  • Evening Magazine
  • New Day Northwest
  • Sales

ASSIGNMENT DESK*

Hours: Flexible

Duties:

Making story calls for assignment editors and producers, setting up stories or story elements for reporters, researching and following up on stories, assisting with telephone traffic, answering viewer questions and comments, helping reporters, photographers and engineers in the field and assisting producers with production elements. In addition, an intern may be assigned one specific ongoing project for the school term, which may include updating phone and contact lists or story files. Interns are required to keep a brief journal of their activities and accomplishments, which can be discussed periodically with the work supervisor.

Qualifications:

Interns should be in their junior or senior year majoring in Communications, Broadcasting, or Journalism.


DIGITAL MEDIA*

Hours: Approximately 20 hours per week can be flexible.

Duties: 

The digital media intern will assist with the development of KING-5’s news websites. The intern will report to the Online Managing Editor and be responsible for writing news articles and headlines, editing text, photos and video. Duties will also include using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to collaborate with our vibrant online community and promote the content getting published on our websites and mobile apps.

Qualifications: 

Solid writing and editing skills. Experience with digital publishing tools or blogging platforms such as Wordpress and image editing software like Photoshop. Knowledge and proficiency in social media tools, especially Facebook and Twitter. Demonstrate awareness and interest in the intersection of new media, journalism and digital technology.


MORNING NEWS*

Hours: Flexible (mornings)

Duties:

Assist in the production of the morning show. This includes making calls for producers, setting up stories and booking guests. Interns will assist segment producers in gathering complete information to produce a segment and working closely with guests before, during and after the show. Duties also may include assisting with telephone traffic, answering viewer questions and comments, running prompter, ripping scripts, helping reporters, photographers and engineers in the field and assisting producers with production elements.

Qualifications:

Interns should be in their junior or senior year majoring in Communications, Broadcasting, or Journalism.


COMMUNITY RELATIONS*

Hours: Flexible

Duties:

Help KING 5 manage its outreach in the community by communicating with non-profit partners, coordinating emcee engagements with KING 5 talent and updating the KING 5 Community website and Facebook page. You’ll be intimately involved with the planning and execution of events and campaigns, both internally at KING 5 and around western Washington. (Specific events vary by season but include Home Team Harvest, Wear Red Day, Give Big, Race for the Cure, etc.)  This is an opportunity to see how marketing, sales, programming and news departments all work together to make KING 5 the number one choice for viewers and community organizations in Western Washington.

Qualifications:

Interns should be in their Junior or Senior year of college, majoring in Communications, Marketing, or related field. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent organization skills, and the ability to juggle several projects at one time and be available for occasional weekend hours.


EVENING MAGAZINE*

Hours: Flexible (6 months)

Duties:

"Evening Magazine" interns perform production assistant duties such as story research (internet, library, wire services), tape dubbing, pulling file video, assisting crews in the field and completing miscellaneous errands. They attend story pitch meetings and are expected to research and pitch stories. Interns are also the primary liaison for viewers: returning phone calls, researching story information, accepting story pitches, responding to e-mail, etc.

Qualifications:

Intern should be in their junior or senior year, and have a valid driver's license. Computer/typing skills required. Excellent communication and research skills. Desire to pursue a career in broadcasting.


NEW DAY NORTHWEST*

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 12:30pm

Duties:

New Day Northwest interns will work with audiences and guests before and during show tapings each morning; managing audience members, seating and cueing in studio, assisting with guests and show props.  Interns will also assist producers with initial story development as well as researching and pitching story ideas.  Interns will also help handle viewer calls and emails, schedule audiences and help update New Day’s social media sites.

Qualifications:

Intern should be in their junior or senior year, and have a valid driver's license. Computer/typing skills required. Excellent communication and research skills. Desire to pursue a career in broadcasting.


SALES INTERN*

Hours: Flexible (no weekends)

Duties:

Assist with projects involving national/local sales, traffic and sales research. Specific tasks include processing orders, assisting clients with running times, departmental word processing, rate card updating, answering departmental phones, checking agency confirmations, generating promotional one-sheets, and pulling qualitative data. Assist with promotional projects and details surrounding contest give-a-ways. May include coordination with other departments including Evening Magazine, Creative Services and Production.

Qualifications:

Students should be in their junior or senior year, majoring in Communications, Advertising, or a related field. Computer/typing skills required. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment.


PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST PROVIDES INFORMATION ON INTERNSHIPS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED WITHIN OUR PROGRAM. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT INTERNSHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EVERY DEPARTMENT EACH QUARTER.



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