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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 11, 2001 - Issue 42


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CBS News Internship Program Welcomes Native Students


CBS News invites the Native American community to explore our internship program for college students. We place students at most of our news shows and departments including: 48 Hours, The Early Show, Face the Nation and Productions. Students are also placed in our promotions, public relations, marketing, and new media departments. New York is our headquarters, so most of the students are placed in that office. We also place students in our Washington, D.C., London, Tokyo and occasionally our Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami bureaus.

There is something for everyone in our program. We have a wide range of areas for students’ various interests. Our program is ongoing and we hire students for the fall, winter, spring and summer sessions. The sky is the limit as to what interns can do. We encourage our interns to ask questions, pitch story ideas and ask to do as much as they would like. We hope to further our interns’ personal and professional lives by teaching them that the world is theirs to conquer. Our goal is that they leave our program with a renewed confidence that they accomplish anything

Internships are vital experiences for students looking to get into the broadcast field. We have pride that our program gives students the necessary tools and experience to make their dreams come true. Please forward a resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, personal statement on the value of an internship, transcript, and letter of school credit to: Eldra Rodriguez Gillman; Director, Professional Advancement and Internships; 2020 M Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 - (202) 973-0768,
(202) 331-1791 fax and email <>. We, at CBS News, look forward to welcoming more Native American students into our program.

CBS News Internship Program
Are you interested in a college internship at CBS News?

CBS News is offering internships for undergraduate/graduate students enrolled in the schools of Journalism, Broadcasting and communications. The following information will answer many of your questions.

  • What cities? New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Atlanta. Participants responsible for living arrangements.

  • Positions available. The number is limited and each is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Time required. The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of two days during the fall and spring semesters, and full time during the summer.

  • Duties. They would vary-depending upon departmental assignments. Duties include but are not limited to: logging tapes, coordinating scripts, research, viewer mail, and clerical duties.

  • Eligibility requirements. You must currently be attending an accredited college, entering your junior or senior years, and majoring in broadcast journalism, or mass communication. Participant should have basic computer skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and have a GPA of 3.0. Other eligible majors; English, political Science, computer Science, public relations and international studies.

  • Additional requirements? CBS must receive written confirmation from your college stating that you are receiving course credit for the internship. This letter must be on file on or before the first day of work. Participation in the internship program is not a guarantee of future employment.

Interested students should forward their resume, two letters of recommendation, a letter of credits and transcript, and personal essay to:

Eldra Rodriguez Gillman
Director, Internship Program
CBS News
2020 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

If you have any questions please call (202) 973-0768 or fax (202) 331-1791

Positions Available:

  • CBS News Productions. A unit of CBS News that produces programs for distribution to cable television, the home video market, foreign television companies schools, libraries, the CD-Rom and multimedia markets, airlines and other off-network opportunities. Intern must have knowledge of logging tapes, research experience and general administrative duties. Computer experience a plus.

  • Press Office. The press office serves as the liaison between CBS News broadcasts/talent and the media. The department consists of a director, four publicist and two publicity assistants who are responsible for publicizing each of the national news broadcast. An internship with the press office is an opportunity to experience public relations in a fast-paced, professional environment. Intern must be well organized, have excellent written/oral communication skills. Computer experience a must.

  • News Advertising & Promotions. Produces advertising and promotions for every News broadcast, which includes, TV, Radio, and Print promos, as well as affiliate sales tapes. The student should be interested in television and film production. Have some technical background. Computer skills helpful.

  • CBS News Broadcasting Marketing Unit. This unit deals with all of the CBS News’ broadcast and acts as a liaison between CBS News and all CBS affiliates. The person assigned to this unit must have a great phone manner and be able to juggle several projects at one time. The ideal candidate must be interested I n marketing, production and have some sales ability. Depending on skills, an intern will have an opportunity to learn how to book and produce satellite tours and edit excerpts for affiliate use. At the same time the candidate must be a patient and capable of handling various clerical assignments. Must enjoy being a team player and pitching in when needed. There is a certain amount of typing, research and photocopying. Candidate should also enjoy writing and have skills in that area. Finally, having a great sense of humor is a must.

  • 48 Hours. Weekly broadcast. Provides an in-depth examination of multi-topic stories and issues. Candidate must be organized, efficient with their time and aggressive. Some computer knowledge is preferable. Strong interpersonal skills.

  • CBS Radio News. (NY & DC) CBS Radio is America’s news leader, serving more than 2,000 radio stations with hourly newscasts, instant coverage of breaking stories, special reports, updates, features, customized reports and news feed material. Every day, millions of Americans rely on CBS Radio News for up-to-the-minute information. The network that invented broadcast news is the network leading the industry into the 21st century...CBS Radio News. Interest in broadcast journalism especially radio a must. Should have basic knowledge of tape editing and computers. Candidate should have fundamental concept of reporting and finding information.

  • The Early Show. (NY & DC) Weekday morning broadcast providing the best mix of the national and international as well as local news. Topics include; consumer affairs, health & medicine, film & video reviews. Candidate must be organized and have strong interpersonal skills. Computer skills helpful.

  • Face The Nation. (DC) An interview and discussion broadcast with the topic determined by news events of the week, featuring a one-on-one segment in which Bob Schieffer questions the principal guest (s) and a roundtable discussion by a panel with various points of view. Student should be organized, efficient, aggressive and have basic computer skills.

  • Sunday Morning. A news broadcast reviewing events of the preceding week, celebrating man’s accomplishments and achievements and journeying through the world of fine art, music, nature, environment, sport, science and Americana. Student should be organized, have strong interpersonal skills and basic computer knowledge.

  • 60 Minutes/60 Minutes II. News magazine with features focusing on people and events in the news and behind the headlines.

  • Supreme Court Internship. (D.C. only) The CBS Evening News for many years has had an internship position to assist in coverage. The primary responsibility of the Internship is to assist our Supreme Court correspondent, Eric Engberg, and keeping current with the Court’s changing docket. Most importantly, this entails writing clear, prompt summaries of many briefs submitted to the Court. It also involves going to the Court to hear arguments and reporting to depth research on especially interesting cases, which may involve interviewing attorneys and experts. The position will require approximately 18-20 hours a week, sometimes slightly more, sometimes substantially less. The key qualifications are writing ability and the capacity to work independently. Our work is often fast-paced under tight deadlines, so we are also seeking someone who displays potential to work well and professionally under pressure.

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