Monday, August 19, 2013

Houston TV has paid internships now

KTRK abc13 is offering paid TV news internships

TV interns are not known for their money making potential. In fact, they usually never make money. Their payment is generally school credit and the all important real-life TV station experience.

That has changed in Houston though. KTRK abc13 has a post on its job listings page for a paid internship in its newly revived program.

KTRK-TV, the ABC Owned station located in Houston, TX is accepting applications for a paid NEWS INTERNSHIP for the fall semester. Internships are available to currently enrolled college students in their junior or senior year pursuing careers in the television/media field and must receive college credit for the internship. The internship program is designed to provide students with an on-site educational experience that complements their academic studies. Interns will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the daily work and operations of a major market, television station.

As an intern you will attend production meetings, assist the assignment desk, research news topics, view and log tapes, transcribe interviews and edit video along with other duties. Interns also will also have an opportunity to, on occasion, travel with reporters and field crews for stories and live remotes. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship. Additionally, applicants must be able to work at least one day per week and the hours may vary depending on scheduling and will include some weekend and early morning and evening hours.

All interested applicants must apply online at, Job Reqs 118520BR, 118521BR, 118522BR, 118523BR. Please upload a cover letter, your resume outlining other internships, degrees earned, work experience, related clubs and organizations, current major course of study, expected graduation date and extra curricular activities. No phone calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

Now the post does not talk about pay, but a few of the other ABC owned stations that pay interns (not all apparently do) are offering minimum wage.

As far as the rest of Houston TV, the other stations are not listing money as an option on intern postings. So running to get an anchor coffee will still pay in experience.

Off the top of my head, here are some former KTRK interns in the Houston TV news biz - Katherine Whaley, Samica Knight, Mia Gradney and Tiffany Craig.

 I also interned at KTRK but don't hold that against the station's internship program - there are always a few bad apples.

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