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ParkTV Internship Program Overview

updated: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS

Sometimes landing a great job in the television industry can seem impossible. You need experience to get the job, but you need a job to get experience. How can you win? The answer is an internship at ParkTV. We provide the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in a comfortable, nurturing environment creating programming for our five local Cable Television channels.

There are four tracks to choose from:
 
REPORTING – News
The News Reporting track is for those wishing to explore an "on-camera" career in television. Reporting interns will produce weekly news stories, deliver reports and conduct interviews.

REPORTING – Sports
The Sports Reporting track is for those wishing to explore an “on-camera” career in sports reporting. Reporting interns will join our On Location team covering live and recorded high school sports producing weekly sports news stories, delivering sports reports, conducting interviews and serving as play-by-play announcers.

PRODUCING
The Producing track is for those who are looking for more of a "behind-the-camera" experience. Interns in this track will shoot, edit and direct elements for various programs, including concerts, sports, and other live television productions.
 
PROMOTION
The Promotion track focuses on promoting programs, events in the community, programs on ParkTV and the station itself. Interns will generate ideas for promotional campaigns, produce short promotional spots and public service announcements and assist with public relations.
 
In addition, interns in all tracks will learn professional techniques for operating cameras, editing equipment, lighting and audio mixing. Interns may be asked to cross tracks for certain productions and may choose to do so for added experience.

How to Apply
Watch the city’s website at www.stlouispark.org/employment.html for postings. Specific questions about the program may be directed to Communications & Marketing Coordinator Jamie Zwilling at jzwilling@stlouispark.org or (952) 924-2632. 

About ParkTV
ParkTV provides local Cable TV programming in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. ParkTV has five channels which cover news, sports, performances, presentations, meetings and events in St. Louis Park. The channels are available as part of Comcast’s basic lineup, they are Web streamed live on ParkTV.org and content is available on demand on the website, Vimeo and YouTube.

Channel 14

Programming features School District #283 students and staff, school board meetings, and school activity announcements.

Channel 15/96

Features programming and announcements from adults living, working, or volunteering in St. Louis Park.

Channel 16

Features Concerts in the Park, High School Sports, Graduations and other special events.

Channel 17

Features programs about City topics: Police, Fire, Development, Recreation, and a weekly news show. City Council, Planning and Telecommunications Commission meetings are aired live and replayed start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical day like?
There is no such thing as a typical day at ParkTV, however most days interns spend their time working as crew or talent for live and recorded studio or On Location productions or working on pre-produced elements for any number of our programs. You will not be filing papers and making coffee. You may be making a few dubs.

What is the time commitment?
Interns typically work a minimum of 15 hours per week, but you may put in more. A typical schedule includes two 4-hour weekday shifts and we need you to be available evenings and some weekends. The actual schedule of required evening shifts will vary from week to week and will be available at the beginning of each semester.

What is the length of the internship?
The internship coincides with typical university semesters, beginning around the first day of classes and ending the last day of classes (approximately 14-15 weeks). Interns are not required to work during school breaks or city holidays.

Can interns come for more than one semester?
At the end of each semester there is an evaluation process. If the evaluation is positive an intern may be invited to return.  Internships can be extended for a maximum of three semesters, based on business need and positive evaluations.

Can I take the internship for credit?
ParkTV supports students receiving credit for their internship experience; however the arrangements must be made between the student and their advisor. We will provide documentation and allow scheduling adjustments as needed to comply with the necessary requirements.

Do I have to be a student?

No. ParkTV's internship program is open to anyone who meets our minimum qualifications.

How many interns do you accept each semester?
It varies, depending on our business needs and the amount of qualified applicants in each track.

Is this a paid internship?

Not at this time. The position is unpaid, but you will gain valuable experience and may qualify to take the internship for credit.

Do I have to have any experience in television production?

No. Experience is desired, but not required to participate in our program.

Why should I pursue an internship at ParkTV instead of another TV station?
ParkTV offers hands-on experience that is unmatched. Most other television internships offer great exposure to a real-world environment, but interns don't get to actually do a whole lot. At ParkTV, interns are responsible for the much of our programming.

What do you look for in an intern?
We look for people who are interested in a career in television.  We also focus on hiring candidates who meet our city’s values of respect, contribution, and stewardship.
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St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 924-2500 Email: info@stlouispark.org