Our Internship Program

Our Internship Program

Interested in interning with CCTV? We rely on volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. Read below for internship program details.

CCTV relies on volunteers to keep our organization running smoothly. Interns provide CCTV with valuable work hours every week in many difference capacities, and in exchange our interns get experience and training in everything that makes a television station tick. Possible unpaid intern positions include live cablecasting, media production, computer lab supervision, training and education, and many administrative responsibilities.

All interns work 5-12 hours per week and receive an Access Membership, regardless of residency. There are many departments to intern in. CCTV relies on volunteers who agree to provide regular assistance to staff in some area of operations. Anyone, regardless of their age or place of residence, may apply to become a CCTV intern. Please note, not all kinds of internships are available at all times, as openings depend on CCTV's needs at the moment. However, even if the kind of internship you are interested in is not immediately available, we will keep your application on file should there be an opening.

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CCTV interns receive the following benefits...

  • Free Access Membership for the duration of their internship
  • Ability to take any and all CCTV courses for free
  • Free use of CCTV’s Studio, Field, and Editing Facilities to produce cable TV programs (limited to one production at a time).
  • All other membership privileges, including ability to have produce a BeLive or Radio program, free access to computerCENTRAL, and ability to rent video equipment at preferred member rates.

CCTV interns are expected to...

  • Attend a CCTV Orientation
  • Make a four-month commitment, unless otherwise arranged
  • Work an average of 5-12 hours per week (depending on internship)
  • Perform all duties as outlined in internship agreement, including attending trainings, intern socials, and supervision meetings as requested

CCTV offers a variety of internship types, including...

Broadcast Internship: Flexible hours working with the Distribution Manager. Tasks include, but are not limited to researching and acquiring new television series for the CCTV channels, creating one media project over the course of the semester, hosting/producing your own in-studio live show, curating a weekend of programming, and assisting live producers in the studio. This internship offers a lot of creative freedom and flexibility while learning the ropes of broadcasting, distribution, and producing.

Community Production Internship: Work with CCTV’s Production Coordinator on the planning, recording, and editing of CCTV’s productions. Production interns cover events around the city, crew on studio shoots, and help out with special projects. The internship requires at least three hours of edit time a week and occasional field and studio shoots. Requires prior video production experience and skills.

Documentary Internship: Spend the term creating a short (10-20 minute) documentary focused on a Cambridge issue, person or event. Internship will include additional related tasks and training. Requires prior video production experience and skills.

Media Arts Education Internship: The Media Arts Education Intern assists in the implementation of online classes. Duties include assisting in planning and attending online classes, helping research new and innovative ideas for classes, creating drafts of class curriculum, teaching 1-2 classes during internship, and assisting in documenting class data, including evaluation results and attendance. Depending on availability, assist in senior technology programs by offering one-to-one technology help for seniors. Requirements: Interest in online education, Knowledge of media production, Eager to share what they know with others and patient in explaining technical subjects to new users, Committed to CCTV's mission to promote free expression of all points of view, Attention to detail and experience with research.

Marketing Intern: CCTV Marketing interns will assist in ideating and creating advertising and marketing for CCTV based on market research. Tasks could include writing ad copy, storyboarding television advertising and PSAs, working with talent and strategizing social sharing. Interns may also assist with focus groups and member surveys.

Youth Internship (Media Production Teaching Artist): The Media Production Teaching Artist serves as a mentor and media production teacher to youth participants of CCTV’s School Year Production Program (SYPP) and the Summer Media Institute (SMI).

SYPP is an after school program that encourages teens to create media about who they are and what they believe in. The program has two semesters: Fall (Oct-Feb) and Spring (March-May). We are seeking Teaching Artists who are locally-based so that we can have in-person instruction. The after school program runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30PM-5:30PM.

SMI is an intensive six-week work experience and media production program. Each summer, teens in the program attend workshops and learn how to operate cameras, professional editing, lighting and audio, animation and graphic design, gaining media art, technical production, and computer application skills. As participants develop media skills, they are paid to work as media artists, producing a variety of productions in those short few weeks. We are looking for interns who can commit to the internship from mid-June until mid to late August. The program meets Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM.

Requires prior media skills, youth engagement and teaching interests.