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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.

Can I receive college credit for my internship hours?

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, if applicable, remains with the university and/or its designated representative.

How do I apply for an internship?

Application materials can be obtained at your campus internship or student employment office. To apply for our internship program, click here. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview (Out of state finalists 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:  (Winter Quarter) 

  • Digital Media 
  • New Day Northwest  
  • Community Relations
  • Morning News

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.

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.
 

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

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.


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.




DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM:

Internship Application

PDF Application

Attach essay question on a separate sheet. Why are you interested in an internship at King 5 TV, and what are you expectations of the program? ( Your response should be ½ to 1 page in length ) 

Please send all requested documents including a resume, intern application and essay to hr@king5.com OR mail to: 

King 5 Television
Human Resources Internship Program
333 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, Washington  98109



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