Internship Opportunities

Mississippi Public Broadcasting offers internships to students enrolled in any institution of higher learning. MPB’s internship program is specifically designed to provide training and experience for students interested in public broadcasting. MPB internships are non-salaried.

Available Internships

Internships are available in the following departments:  

  • Communications 
  • Computer Information Systems 
  • Content (Producing and Directing)  
  • Educational Services 
  • News and Public Affairs 
  • Production 
  • Radio 
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Description of Internships

Communications: 
The Communications department handles statewide publicity for MPB.  We work with all types of media in our efforts to create and implement the most successful advertising and public relations plans.  Interns will not only learn about media relations but also gain insight into graphic design and web support.  

Interns needed for Digital Media.

Description: Digital media interns will gain first-hand experience in development of digital strategies and maintenace of professional social media. They will be taught on a variety of content management systems, and will assist with website updates and maintenance. They will receieve training on how businesses develop new websites. They will also have an opportunity to write copy, social media messages, press releases, and more.

Availability: Preferrably in the afternoon, with the ability to be in the Jackson office for 2 - 3 hours at a time.

Requirements: Applicants should meet the following to be accepted for the internship.

  • A desire to learn about digital media, website development, and social media
  • Very organized
  • A fast typist with basic understanding of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr)
  • Preferred but not required: Experience with Adobe design tools (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Preferred but not required: Experience with content management systems (WordPress, ExpressionEngine)

Computer Information Services:

The Information Services Department helps the agency meet its goals more efficiently using any technology available.  Interns will assist the department in maintaining existing systems related to the agency data network including services, work stations, and core network equipment.  

Education Services:
The Education Services internship is designed to acquaint students with early childhood education, educational technology and adult education.  Interns will assist in various educational outreach projects and other programs.  

Human Resources/Legal Department:
The Human Resources/Legal Department supports the employees of MPB and works closely with MPB productions to ensure that all necessary legal paperwork is put into place.  The work is varied and will include exposure to employment law, policy, licensing as it relates to copyrighted works, copyright law and trademark law.  The successful candidate must currently be pursuing an Associate, Bachelor or Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from a local Mississippi college or university.  Preference shall be given to those currently enrolled in law school with an interest in entertainment and/or intellectual property law.

News and Public Affairs:
The News and Public Affairs Department provides statewide news and public affairs programming for television and radio.  Interns will gain exposure in all phases of news gathering procedures.  

Interns needed for our News Program, Mississippi Edition. 

Availability: Morning availability is preferred, but not absolutely necessary.

Skills: Candidate should possess above average computer skills, be interested in and well informed about current events, be a good writer with strong attention to grammatical detail.  Candidates who are journalism and/or broadcast media majors will be well suited for this position, but qualifying students of any major will be considered. There is no pay involved but it is a great opportunity to get some experience that they can list on their resumes and get college credits if allowed by the Department.   

Production:

The television production and direction internship is designed to provide an introduction to television productions.  The intern will work in the many facets of day-to-day studio and remote productions including control room operations, studio camera operations, videography, set design, lighting and construction.  Interns will also be exposed to pre-production functions such as scripting, budgeting and scheduling.  

Interns needed for Southern Remedy. 

Interns needed to assist in production of documentary series.  Show produced out of Jackson, but will include shoots across the state.  Broadcast students preferred. Duties will include all aspects of television production, making this an excellent opportunity for any student. Final Cut Pro experience is desired, but not a deal breaker.  There is no pay involved but it is a great opportunity to get some experience that they can list on their resumes and get college credits if allowed by the Department. 

Interns needed for Geek South.

Description: Geek South interns will gain experience in production, editing, and videography while assisting with production staff on a new web series, Geek South. They will recieve direct training on cameras and editing software. They will attend on location shoots in Mississippi, and in the MPB studios. They will also assist with logging interviews and with social media for the series.

Availability: Preferrably in the afternoon, with the ability to be in the Jackson office for 2 - 3 hours at a time.

Requirements: Applicants should meet the following to be accepted for the internship.

 

  • A desire to learn about digital media and web production
  • Very organized
  • A fast typist with basic understanding of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Preferred but not required: Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr)
  • Preferred but not required: Experience with Adobe design tools (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Preferred but not required: Experience with production/editing software (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere)

Radio:
MPB Think Radio and MPB Music Radio provide radio programming for the purpose of educating, entertaining, and expanding the culture and social awareness of listeners.  Interns will be involved in radio productions, on-air work, copy writing, promotion, programming, and operating broadcast audio equipment. 

 

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Evaluations

Supervisors will provide interns with verbal evaluation throughout the internship. This will serve as a gauge of the student's progress. Student will receive written evaluations at the conclusion of their internship based on their university's requirements. It is not the policy of Mississippi Public Broadcasting to assign grades; however MPB will work with students and their respective universities to fulfill necessary requirements for academic credit. MPB reserves the right to terminate any internship at any time.

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Apply for an Internship

Students must complete the Student Internship Application form.  If class credit is associated with the internship, students must obtain the signature thier department chairperson prior to each semester. MPB's internship coordinator processes applications and assigns each student to an MPB department. The department supervisor will conduct interviews, assign tasks and supervise the student’s work.

Download the Application.

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Mail or hand deliver applications to the following address:

Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Student Internship Program
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39211

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