Internship Opportunities at MPT
Maryland Public Television offers full- and part-time internships for freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate college, trade school and junior/senior high school students throughout the year. Internships are specifically designed to provide training and experience for students interested in public broadcasting.
The internships described are, in general, the types of assignments that are available from time to time. Please be aware that not all internships are available every semester. MPT's Human Resources department maintains information on available internship roles.
Recruiting is accomplished through the school internship or career services office, MPT’s Career Web page, State of Maryland Website and on-campus through career and internship fairs. Students may also contact MPT Human Resources directly. The MPT HR Department processes applications and then forwards them to the appropriate department.
Interviews are scheduled by the MPT Internship Coordinator from the department for which the student applied. Once accepted, students are assigned to work on a specific project or production for an academic semester. All MPT internships are unpaid. An intern that is not for academic credit is deemed a volunteer.
MPT internships offer a thorough introduction to Maryland Public Television including our mission and expectations. Maryland Public Television is committed to providing solid work experience to serious minded individuals in a positive environment.
- Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate college, trade school and Junior/Senior High School students are eligible for internships.
- MPT will accept no more than five (5) high school students per semester.
- Positions offered are unpaid for academic credit or volunteer for experience.
- Internships run in accordance with the college semester and cover the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
- Fall internships- Late August/early September through mid-December.
- Spring internships - Mid/late January through late April.
- Summer internships - Late May/early June through mid-August.
- Internships are typically for hours during the standard workday (i.e., 8:30am to 4:30pm or 9:00am to 5:00pm). Nights & weekend hours may be required but are not routine.
- Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week (with the exception of high school students).
- Students must have reliable transportation with the exception of stipend students.
- Spring - September 1st through December 1st.
- Summer - February 1st through April 1st.
- Fall - June 1st through August 1st.
- Internship periods run as follows:
- The program for high school students will run no more than two (2) weeks.
- The program for college students and volunteers will run no more than eight (8) weeks during the semester.
- Fall Semester- 3rd week in August through 2nd week in December.
- Spring Semester - 3rd week in January through 2nd week of May.
- Summer - 1st week of June – 2nd week of August.
To apply, complete the online application at: http://www.jobaps.com/MD/
College Students and Volunteers
- Online Application
- Cover letter - Email all cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your cover letter should specify an internship from the list of opportunities described below.
- Please indicate in your cover letter if the internship is for academic credit or a volunteer. An internship that is not for academic credit is deemed a volunteer.
- Academic or professional Referral
- Unofficial transcript
High School Students
- Online Application
- Letter of Interest (HINT: Include your knowledge of MPT)
- School program overview
MPT has current openings for unpaid internships that offer valuable experience in television programming, development, co-productions and related business development. These positions are filled by creative, motivated and energetic students from a variety of majors who lend their effort and time - a minimum of 16 hours per week - in exchange for an engaging educational experience.
For More Information
This is an internship testimonial from Maryland Farm & Harvest Summer 2016 intern Becca King, edited by MF&H summer 2018 intern Gabriella Puturiero.
India Said – Senior, Kent State University - Kent, OH
Major: Public Relations Minor: Marketing
Position: Special Events and Community Engagement Intern
I had such an amazing time interning at MPT! Throughout these three months, I've not only gained valuable experience, but I've grown tremendously as a person. My wonderful Special Events and Community Engagement team has made me feel so loved and appreciated. It meant a lot that my input mattered. So much that I have become a lot more confident in myself and I now am certain that if I speak with confidence, my voice will be heard. I am forever grateful for this opportunity. It has truly transformed me into the woman I have always wanted to be.
Here are some video projects that our past interns have completed.
Maryland Farm & Harvest Behind-the-Scenes
This was shot and edited by Maryland Farm & Harvest Fall 2016 intern Andrew Horn. At the time, he was a student at University of Maryland, College Park, Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Mack the Bee Dog
This was edited by Content Enterprises Fall 2017 intern Jenna Cipolloni. She was a student at Towson University.
Buy Local Cookout 2016
This was edited by Maryland Farm & Harvest Summer 2016 intern Becca King. She went to University of Maryland, College Park, Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
General Membership Support
Under the guidance of the Data-Entry & Gifts Representative and Development staff, the intern will assist the office with the successful execution of ongoing membership recruitment and retention efforts. The Department is offering internship candidates, the opportunity to learn about how a nonprofit organization develops and maintains its membership database. The intern will be exposed to how different types of donations, pledges, and other member activities influence member contribution records. Candidates will have opportunities to participate in live pledge, volunteer events, special events, as well as to track shipment of premiums, and to make updates to Workplace Giving and Matching Gifts records.
Information Systems, Business, Media, Communications, Computer Science
Special Events & Community Engagement
Students will get behind the scenes experience with planning and executing special projects related to the departments fundraising events and community engagement activities. Interns will assist with all aspects of event planning including creative concept, logistics, vendor selection & management, staffing, execution and more. Candidates should be highly motivated, self-starters with excellent organizational skills. The ability to multi-task, communicate effectively and demonstrate attention to detail are essential.
Business, Marketing, Communications, Hospitality Management, Meetings & Events Management
This internship provides the student an opportunity to experience the environment and work of a communications team within a not-for profit organization, while participating in the following duties and activities: Support Communications staff with ongoing or new projects – projects may include but are not limited to: project-related research, writing and editing of communication products (both external and internal), work with media monitoring/ clipping system, support fulfillment of media requests, database creation and updates; Assistance with planning internal and external events and observances; Provide ad hoc support for senior leadership; Participate in meetings associated with assigned tasks.
Journalism/Public Relations/Mass Communication
Corporate Support Sales/Marketing/Client Relations
MPT's Department of Corporate Support is responsible for selling local corporate sponsorships. The Department is offering internship candidates the opportunity to learn about corporate sales and marketing by taking the lead on a variety of corporate projects. The Corporate Support Intern will learn to prospect for potential clients and create a marketing plan for an upcoming event. Interns will participate in sales meetings and training seminars and accompany Account Executives on sales calls and presentations at local businesses and advertising agencies. Candidates should have outgoing personalities, be detail oriented, and possess good writing and computer skills. Ideal candidates will have experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and basic familiarity with spreadsheets and contact management software such as Outlook.
Business/ Communications/ Mass Comm/Media/
Institutional Advancement / Major & Planned Giving
MPT's office of Major and Planned Giving offers learning experiences spanning the full donor cycle from prospect research and identification through stewardship. Interns will work on a specific project based on the strengths of the skill set they bring and the needs of the Major and Planned Gifts unit. This opportunity offers the chance to learn why major and planned gifts play a critical role in supporting the unique characteristics of a non-profit public media organization. Successful interns must have strong research, writing, web/social media, and interpersonal skills. In addition, candidates must demonstrate strong organizational skills, be detail oriented and be comfortable meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Communications / English / Creative Writing / Non-profit management
Producing Television Shows
This position is for students interested in producing television shows, particularly non-fiction & educational programs. Interns will work directly with producers on a variety of projects in all stages of development. They will be exposed to the nuts-and-bolts of production management including research, planning, field & studio shoots, administration, and more. This internship can cover all phases of production, ranging from early program development straight through to final distribution and broadcast. Candidates must be detail oriented self-starters, have outgoing personalities, and possess good writing and computer skills. Ideal candidates will have experience with non-linear editing systems, particularly AVID.
Film/ Communications/ Digital Media
This Internship provides an insight into the technical aspects of television and multi-media broadcast production. An intern may assist videographers/editors, television directors or producers in studio and on location. A Production Assistant must be multitalented and able to assist in the following areas: studio/location camera operator, teleprompter operator, videotape editor, location sound recordist, lighting director, floor director, studio supervisor and director. May include exposure to special effects design, switcher programming, character generator automation, production and post production audio, and multi-camera setups for studio and location. * All Candidates MUST have a flexible schedule and be able to travel. May assist with a variety of MPT productions (Direct Connection, Outdoors Maryland, etc.) and outside clients.
Communications / Mass Com. Radio / Television / Film
Special Projects Unit
Intern assists the Director of the Special Projects Unit in coordinating the production of high quality non-broadcast video, photo and print products for out-of-house clients. May help the Director produce, write, edit, and create electronic graphics for these programs. Also maintains SPU digital assets inventory. The Special Projects Unit represents MPT on a daily basis with leaders of the business community, heads of state agencies and local non-profits.
Mass Communications-TV production, Producing, Editing, Writing
Education & Community Outreach
Candidates will assist MPT with the design, promotion, and implementation of education and community outreach initiatives through our viewing area. Duties range from supporting project development activities, reviewing and identifying instructional resources, to assistance with professional development or outreach and communication activities. Candidates may also assist in the coordination of and participation in events. Other responsibilities include transcribing video interviews and corresponding with outside organizations to help obtain web resources.
Individuals must have interest or experience in early childhood, K-12 education, or communications/marketing. Positions require general office work, including answering emails, preparing materials, and participation in daily operations. Candidates must have strong organizational, writing, Internet, and communication skills, and knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Math Education
Candidate must be a production student, interested in learning all aspects of program production, including but not limited to research, logging, learning the process of production and the paperwork involved. Position may involve light clerical duties as well as driving. Candidate MUST have excellent driving record and should have an interest in cars. Intern may be able to participate in studio and field shoots as well as edit and audio sessions. Candidate MUST have excellent communication and organizational skills. Candidate MUST have a flexible schedule and be able to travel.
Visual Performing Arts - Video Film Emphasis, Communication: Mass Com Radio / TV / Film
The development office is responsible for fundraising and volunteer management for MPT. Intern will learn how a not for profit station works. Intern will be asked to maintain and update volunteer database, develop training program for on air pledge volunteers, recruit, schedule and confirm telephone pledge volunteer groups and individuals, and handle incoming calls related to volunteer scheduling. Candidate must be detail oriented and have excellent phone and word processing skills. Must have working knowledge of databases and Power Point or similar slide show presentation software.
Communications, Business, Human Resources
The Administrative Offices will offer learning experiences in maintaining "front office" activities. Students will assist in: research, interviews, and drafting copy for MPT publications; drafting press releases; research to build target media lists for publicity campaigns; fact-checking/proofreading; events support; and special purpose publications. Students will become familiar with customer service and handling public inquiries via telephone. Candidates must have strong PC experience and the ability to write professional reports and correspondence. Candidates must be detail oriented; well organized and able to work effectively within a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Students must be able to process and prioritize high volumes of work under tight deadlines.
Communications, Business, Human Resources