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Internships

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.

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Abby's MPT internship experience

For more information about internships at MPT:

http://www.mpt.org/about/careers/internships/

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.

General Information

  • 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 -(Canceled - 2020 session) Due to the ongoing public health threat of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Summer Session of the MPT Internship Program has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
  • 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.

Recruitment Begins

  • Spring - September 1st through December 1st.
  • Summer - February 1st through April 1st.
  • Fall - June 1st through August 1st.

Schedule

  • 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 - (Canceled - 2020 session) Due to the ongoing public health threat of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Summer Session of the MPT Internship Program has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Internship Applications and Required Documents

To apply, complete the online application at: http://www.jobaps.com/MD/

College Students and Volunteers

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter - Email all cover letters to interns@mpt.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

Internship Opportunities

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
Human Resources/Internships
interns@mpt.org
410-581-4267

MPT Production Services Q&A

For all of the students who want to work in TV, please watch the Facebook Live Q&A (recorded Sept 23, 2020) where experts are answering your questions.

Testimonials

This is an internship testimonial from Maryland Farm & Harvest Summer 2016 intern Becca King, edited by MF&H summer 2018 intern Gabriella Puturiero.

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MPT Internship Testimonial - Becca King

MPT Internship Testimonial - Becca King

Testimonial #2

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.

Internship Projects

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.

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Maryland Farm and Harvest Behind-the-Scenes

Each new episode of Maryland Farm and Harvest is shot on-location at a different Maryland farm. Here's a look at what you don't see on TV!

Video edited by Andrew Horn.

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Maryland Farm & Harvest 512: Mack the Bee Dog

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is the only ag department in the country to employ a “bee dog.” This special dog sniffs hives to check for a contagious, colony-killing bacteria known as American Foulbrood. Meet Mack, the yellow lab, his handler, MDA Apiary Inspector Cybil Preston, and bee dog-in-training Clark in this web extra edited by former MPT intern Jenna Cipolloni.

For full episodes a

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Buy Local Cookout 2016

Buy Local Cookout 2016

Internship Opportunities

Position

Description

Qualifications

Public Relations/Communications

This internship provides a student pursuing a communications, public relations, or journalism degree with an opportunity to experience the environment and work of a communications team within a not-for-profit organization. Assignments and activities may include but are not limited to: project-related primary and secondary research; writing and editing of communication products (for both internal and external audiences); support and fulfillment of media requests; database creation and/or updates; assistance with planning internal and external events and observances; and participation in meetings associated with assigned tasks. During the Spring 2021 semester, most internship work will be conducted remotely with occasional in-person meetings with the supervisor.

Candidates should have coursework and/or experience in strategic communications/print journalism/public relations/writing, etc.

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 logistics and promotion for virtual fundraising and engagement events.

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.

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 should have experience in advertising with graphic design as well as knowledge in MS Word, PowerPoint and basic familiarity with spreadsheets and contact management software such as Outlook.

Producing Television Shows

This position is for students interested in producing television shows, particularly non-fiction & educational programs. Virtual interns will assist producers in pre- and post-production. They will research story ideas, transcribe interviews, find video and photos for edits, and help write and edit short segments (if they have access to editing software at home). 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.

Human Resource

The intern will assist in event planning for a virtual 500 person Women's Leadership Forum. The candidate will participate in coordinating meetings and the technical aspects of the event. The intern will also assist in the creation of social media and advertising plans, coordinating swag for attendees, contribute to the newsletter, and be a brand ambassador for the Women Leadership Forum.

Candidates must be organized, have good writing and communication skills, be enthusiastic work timely and communicate often. Students must be able to process and prioritize high volumes of work under tight deadlines. Students must be a go-getter, self-starter, and must be willing to meet new people. This is perfect for a want-to-be entrepreneur.