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Who We Are

Maryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its familiar name "MPT", is a public television network that comprises six television stations that broadcast throughout the entire state of Maryland as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. MPT is the only state-wide broadcaster in Maryland. MPT is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service.

MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION MISSION STATEMENT

"Maryland Public Television enriches lives and strengthens communities through the power of media."

General Information

MPT internships offer a thorough introduction to Maryland Public Television including our mission and expectations. We are committed to providing a solid work experience to serious minded individuals in a positive environment.

  • Offering internships to freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate college, trade school college students
  • Offering internships to junior and senior high school students
  • MPT offers paid and unpaid internships. High school students are not considered for the paid internship.
  • An unpaid intern that is not for academic credit is deemed a volunteer.
  • 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.
  • Internships are typically for hours during the standard workday (i.e., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Nights & weekend hours may be required but are not routine.
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Abby's MPT internship experience

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.

Internship Schedule

2022 Summer Session

Session: June 02 to August 15

2022 FALL SESSION 

Session: September 10 to December 15

2022 SPRING SESSION 

Session: January 28 to May 15

Note: All sessions are subject to change

How to Apply: Internship/Volunteer Application

College Students Required Documents

  • Online Application
  • Cover letter and Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Academic Letter from School
  • Professional Recommendation

Note

  • If you are applying for the paid internship, please email two letters of recommendation to interns@mpt.org.
  • If you have questions or difficulty uploading your documents, please email 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.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME

  • Online Application
  • Letter of Interest (HINT: Include your knowledge of MPT)
  • Your high school's program overview (Work-Based Learning Program)

Internship Opportunities

MPT has current openings for in-person and/or virtual 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.

With support of the Annie E Casey Foundation, the Featherstone CorporateInternship program creates economic opportunities for traditionally underrepresented communities in Baltimore City to pursue higher education and receive paid, professional internships to mitigate student-reported choices between unpaid, fieldwork or paid positions without professional gains.

The Foundation has teamed up with Maryland Public Television to provide paid internship opportunities for students traditionally underrepresented in media.

General Internship Opportunities

 

MPT Content Internship (Paid)

Maryland Public Television offers a paid, contractual internship to college, graduate college, and trade school students. This hands-on, interactive program is designed to prepare students for a career in broadcast media and production. 

Note:

  • This program runs for four months: from October to November, and January to February.
  • Students will be paid $15.50 per hour, working up to 16 hours per week. 
  • Students will work closely with the Production Operations and Content teams.
  • The application can be found under “MPT Junior Content Apprentice”

 

Public Relations/Communications

Interns will assist with 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.

 

Special Events & Community Engagement

Interns will assist with all aspects of event planning including creative concept, logistics, vendor selection & management, staffing, execution and more.

 

Corporate Support Sales/Marketing/Client Relations

Interns 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.

 

Institutional Advancement / Major & Planned Giving

Interns will learn the full donor cycle from prospect research and identification through stewardship and why major and planned gifts play a critical role in supporting the unique characteristics of a non-profit public media organization.

 

Producing Television Shows

Interns will work directly with producers on a variety of projects in all stages of development and be exposed to the nuts-and-bolts of production management including research, planning, field & studio shoots, administration, and more.

 

 

Production/Operations

The intern will learn the technical aspects of television and multi-media broadcast production by assisting in the following areas: studio/location camera operator, teleprompter operator, videotape editor, location sound recordist, lighting director, floor director, studio supervisor and director.

 

Education & Community Outreach

Interns will assist with the support of project development activities, reviewing and identifying instructional resources. The intern will help with professional development or outreach and communication activities as well as assist with transcribing video interviews and corresponding with outside organizations to help obtain web resources.

 

MotorWeek

The intern will learn 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 a flexible schedule and be able to travel.

 

Development

The intern will learn how a not-for-profit station works by maintaining and updating the volunteer database, develop training programs for on air pledge volunteers, recruit, schedule and confirm telephone pledge volunteer groups and individuals, and handle incoming calls related to volunteer scheduling.*

 

Administrative

The intern will gain experience in maintaining "front office" activities with researching, interviewing, and drafting copies for MPT publications; drafting press releases; research to build target media lists for publicity campaigns; fact-checking/proofreading; events support; and special purpose publications.

 

WLF Social Media Manager

Applicants must be a current Junior or Senior high school student, Trade School enrollee or graduate, College student or Graduate willing to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Intern will be responsible for the creation of social media content and placement for the Women Leadership Forum. Candidates must be proficient in writing, editing, and social media.    Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possess excellent writing and communication skills, comfortable meeting deadlines, and familiar with media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Youtube) and editing software (Canva, Adobe, iMovie).

This candidate must be comfortable as a brand ambassador for the Women Leadership Forum.

Preferred majors include Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Communication, English, Creative Writing, Business, Media Hospitality Management, Meetings and Event Management, Film, Digital Media, Human Resources, Television, Radio, and Non-profit Management.

 

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.

 

WLF Event Coordinator

Intern will assist in planning and executing the Women's Leadership Forum. Activities may include, but are not limited to: communicating with facilitators and vendors, coordinating merchandise for attendees, database creation and/or updates, and participation in meetings associated with assigned tasks. Ideal candidates are quick learners, comfortable meeting deadlines, and able to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. In addition, applicants must have good writing and communication skills, willing to learn new technologies, and proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Workspaces (Excel, PowerPoint, Docs and Sheets).

Preferred majors include Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Communication, English, Creative Writing, Business, Media Hospitality Management, Meetings and Event Management, Film, Digital Media, Human Resources, Television, Radio, and Non-profit Management.

Note - Not all internships are available every semester.

Internship Projects

Here are some video projects that our past interns have completed.

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Maryland Farm and 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 & Harvest 512: Mack the Bee Dog

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. This special dog sniffs hives to check for a contagious, colony-killing bacteria known as American Foulbrood.

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Buy Local Cookout 2016

Buy Local Cookout 2016

Video Testimony

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MPT Internship Testimonial - Becca King

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

For questions, suggestions, or comments:

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