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WVON’TERNSHIP PROGRAM

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GENERAL OVERVIEW:
WVON offers a variety of internship opportunities designed to provide students and recent graduates with knowledge and practical experience in the field of radio broadcasting. In addition to working in assigned departments, interns are exposed to various aspects of radio broadcasting through educational events such as departmental meetings, station tours, and opportunities to sit in on live broadcasts. Internships are offered throughout the year to align with typical academic calendars. Internships range between 15 and 35 hours per week, depending on individual intern and departmental need. WVON accepts matriculating students as well as individuals who have graduated within a two-year time period.

Prospective interns are required to complete an online application, submit a cover letter, detailing interest in WVON and professional broadcasting goals; resume; and a short demo reel along with two broadcasting writing samples.

Accepted interns will be required to complete WVON documentation, in addition to any documents required to receive school credit hours. WVON interns are required to have a basic knowledge of current events on local and national levels, and maintain a weekly log outlining their experience and lessons learned throughout their internship. Copies of the weekly log are expected to be given to the end of their internship term.

WVON internship positions are available in the following departments:

  • Programming
  • Production
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Social media

PROGRAMMING INTERN:
Students assigned to the programming department work directly with producers, hosts/ personalities, and the producers to produce live on-air programming. Program intern tasks include researching show topics and guests, answering live phone calls, delivering documents/ information to program hosts, and posting relevant show information on social media platforms. Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist talent and staff with production of on-air programming: recording talent programming for future use; set up of studio for on-air broadcasts, and ensuring advertisements and endorsements are ready for broadcasts.
  • Maintaining the digital and internet based aspect of the show: podcasting interviews, and updating and maintaining station websites.
  • Interacting and socializing with listeners through digital means
  • Call screening during on-air broadcasts

PRODUCTION INTERN
Program interns are periodically assigned to shadow/ train with WVON technical producers. WVON technical producers operate the engineering board during live programming. Upon completion of their training, technical production interns will occasional be granted the opportunity to run live programming. Board operation includes:

  • Set up and troubleshoot mixing boards, microphones, electronic and mechanical components specific to the radio station, and computer software used for editing and broadcasting audio.
  • Audio recording, conduct edits to meet time constraints
  • Play pre-recorded commercials during radio breaks in line with the advertiser’s requirements.
  • Volume mixing: equalization of the volumes of the microphone channels providing a level and consistent audio broadcast; add in effects, such as reverb.

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
General tasks include social media posts of news stories specific to on-air programming. Specific multi-media projects will also be assigned to cover current news and special projects. Interns will be directly involved with shooting and editing video, photography and writing posts. Depending on the time of the year, interns may also work on specific multi-media/ digital projects specific to WVON events. Duties, which will help intern develop essential skills for real world experience, include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining profiles and pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.)
  • Uploading videos, photo albums, etc.
  • Finding users to follow/friend/like our business
  • Writing and posting blog posts/tweets/updates, etc.
  • Tracking the growth and the impact of social media on our business
  • Replying to comments, messages, etc.
  • Report findings to the team
  • Consistently learn and grow, ask pertinent questions
  • Ability create and upload Twitter & YouTube backgrounds, and minor video editing skills are a plus

SALES/ PROMOTIONS INTERN
The Sales and Marketing Intern will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day activities of the sales and marketing team while learning valuable skills related to sales and marketing for a variety of industries. Within this role, the intern will be exposed to: strategy development; demand generation; campaign design and execution, while having opportunities to be creative, grow professionally and learn outside the classroom. Interns will also support the sales/marketing department on sales trafficking and logistics (writing copy, inputting orders, and coordination of ticket giveaways), digital/social media promotions, and events. The ideal intern has experience in marketing and graphic design. Position duties include but are not limited to:

  • Learn to create event marketing and PR plans
  • Attend meetings with marketing staff including those with local community organizations
  • Conduct research each week regarding competitive events in the area by identifying target markets
  • Conduct research for various marketing and group sales projects on a per-show basis
  • Learn to develop grassroots efforts – i.e. negotiating trades, getting materials printed (posters, flyers, register to win boxes) and material distribution
  • Work with marketing team in the planning and execution of pre-event parties and promotions, VIP room activities, birthday parties, meet & greets
  • Learn to create and maintain databases and spreadsheets
  • Coordinate and represent WVON to promote events via booths/tables at festivals, fairs, and other events with high traffic to publicize arena and events
  • Gather event news clips
    Learn and assist with implementation of marketing campaigns on several social media outlets
  • Brainstorm with marketing team and help execute public relations initiative

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN
The administrative assistant is responsible for general assistance in the office and receiving program participants and members of the public in the office. Interns must receive visitors and respond in a friendly way to their needs. Administrative interns will learn and practice essential skills that will help develop professional office protocol. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answer telephone calls whenever possible and respond to callers’ requests with a friendly tone of voice
  • Process daily incoming and outgoing mail
  • Provide general support for agency including general filing, general copying, supply ordering, and mailing preparation
  • Provide office support functions including word processing, filing, copying, composing a variety of business documents, reception, gathering and compiling data, and balancing and coordinating a workload for multiple projects while meeting deadlines.
  • Provide lead and/or back up receptionist support to include greeting visitors in person or by telephone and to connect those with the appropriate staff person or services that will best serve their needs in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Assist departments with special projects including distribution of information, data entry, filing, and research.
  • Provide support for administration staff.
  • Interact effectively with supervisors, officials, employees, and the general public
  • Maintain confidentiality of information
  • Work effectively despite interruptions, and have attention to detail
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Proofread documents and other work
  • Use a computer, related software, transcribing equipment, and other standard office equipment

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