WHYY Internships

WHYY has been the Philadelphia Region’s source for insightful, educational, award-winning PBS Kids television programs for decades.

Through WHYY internships, our commitment to the needs of young people goes beyond the wisdom of Fred Rogers and Daniel Tiger and into professional development.

WHYY offers a variety of meaningful learning opportunities and on-the-job training experiences for college juniors and seniors, graduate and postgraduate students (within two to three years of graduation). Internship experiences range from production and newsroom opportunities across all media platforms to promotions and administration, all supervised by award-winning professionals. College credit may be granted. Internships are offered Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Each session is a 12 week program with interns working 16 hours a week for all internships, except Newsroom internships which are 20 hours a week. Shifts will be coordinated and agreed to by the manager and the student. We are pleased to announce that as of Summer 2018, WHYY Internships are paid. The rate is $15.00/hour.

“The environment here is warm and friendly, and I get to do real work with real professionals. No coffee runs for me! In my short time, I’ve helped to launch PBS Kids 24/7, a cooking segment and Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War.” – Ross, WHYY Promotions Intern

For more information contact internships@whyy.org or 215-351-2010.

How to Apply

WHYY offers internships to junior- and senior-year undergraduates, graduate and postgraduate students throughout the year. The following materials are required parts of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Click here to apply. We require the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter discussing career goals, computer and language skills and any specific, relevant broadcasting or media experience
  • A two- or three-page writing sample
  • A link, if appropriate, to media or digital work
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your relevant experience, background, skills and/or work ethic. If the individual writing your letter of recommendation would prefer to send it separately, please email internships@whyy.org, inform us of this and include the name of the person writing your letter of recommendation and when it will be sent in that email. Your application packet will not be considered complete until the letter is received.
  • Applicants from non-native English-speaking countries must provide proof of competence in speaking and writing in English through TOEFL minimum scores of 600 (PBT), 200 (CBT) or 100 (IBT).
  • Note: International applicants must have a valid visa. WHYY does not assist with visa applications.

WHYY is committed to diversity in the workplace and offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship without regard to race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship or any other protected status.

WHYY reserves the right to request a state Criminal Background Check (CBC) and a Child Abuse History Clearance (CAC) upon acceptance into WHYY’s internship program. Interns’ continuation in the position will be contingent on the results of the aforementioned clearances. If requested, WHYY will ask interns to complete the application forms for a CBC and CAC prior to their first day and cover the cost of each application form.

Note: A conviction record will not automatically result in your disqualification of interning; felony and misdemeanor convictions will be considered only to the extent they relate to the intern position for which you are being considered. However, failure to disclose a conviction and/or mischaracterization of a conviction will result in your ineligibility for interning and/or termination for interning (even if the conviction would not have barred your eligibility for interning had it been properly disclosed).

Application Deadlines

Students will be selected through a competitive application and interview process for internships during three term periods: Fall (September through November), Winter-Spring (January through April), and Summer (May through August). For consideration, applications must be submitted by the dates shown below:

Fall Session: September through December — Applications will be accepted from July 1 – August 1.
Winter-Spring Session: January through April — Applications will be accepted from November 1 – December 1.
Summer Session: June through August — Applications will be accepted from March 1 – April 1.

Because of the volume of applications received, we are unable to notify applicants who are not selected for internships.

All materials submitted become part of the confidential property of WHYY and are not returnable. Telephone interviews may be conducted with potential interns as part of the selection process.

WHYY Internship Offerings

Administrative Offerings

  • Human Resources Internship
  • I.T. Internship
  • Marketing Internship
  • Member Relations Internship
  • Public Information Internship
  • Major Gifts Internship

Media Offerings

  • Graphic Design/Social Media Intern (News)
  • Newsroom Internship
  • Graphic Design Internship
  • Promotions Internship
  • TV Production Internship
  • Media Arts Education Internship

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