Internships at WCBD

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Internships With WCBD/Count on 2

The WCBD-TV internship offers a real-world experience for students and offers an opportunity to learn the day-to-day workings of a news organization in Charleston, South Carolina. We focus on three platforms of journalism: print, broadcast and online. Students will be immersed in a competitive, hands-on, multimedia work environment that promises a diverse experience. This is an unpaid internship.

Initially, interns will shadow journalists on their assignments and participate in reporting and production of news. They will learn brainstorming and story boarding to come up with good ideas and find the focus of their stories.

Students will be assigned to various groups in the newsroom. Interns will be chosen from submissions from different universities and colleges. Interns are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and follow newsroom guidelines. Any ethical violation will be grounds for termination of the internship.

At the end of the 10-week period, students will be graded on their professional manner, on the quality of work, on their conduct in the newsroom and while on assignment. A grade will be sent to the office of their respective university offices.

Ten-week unpaid academic internship is offered by WCBD News 2.

All interns will be working from the Mt. Pleasant office at 201 West Colman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC.

This internship is available for students enrolled in a journalism studies graduate/under-graduate program.

Students earn college credit for the semester/quarter. Applicants must be enrolled in college and have an interest in journalism. All interns must be enrolled in a course with at least one credit hour and must have a letter on school letterhead, saying they will receive class credit.


A. Participants will not accrue any benefits or salary and it is required that students receive college credit for internship participation (no exceptions).
B. Ordinarily, the duration of participation by any one student shall not exceed one semester or other single segment of a school term or related course.
C. Interns should spend time working in all phases of the function they are in.
D. Interns shall not serve for more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week.
E. The department coordinator will provide a specific description of the curriculum.


Be at least 18 years of age.
Be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
Be eligible to earn course credits for the internship. Submit an application signed by their advisor stating the number of applicable credit hours Prior to the start of the internship.


Send your resume and cover letter to You will need to indicate your choice of department and dates you are interested to complete your internship. Resumes are continually accepted throughout the year.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive we regret that we will only be able to respond for those students in whom we have an interest. The student may work during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer college quarters/semesters full-time or part-time based on student availability and department needs.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive we regret that we will only be able to respond for those students in whom we have an interest. The student may work during the Fall, Spring or Summer college semesters full-time or part-time based on student availability and department needs.

NBC4 understands that each college and university is on a different schedule. The internship dates are flexible and will be determined between the intern and internship coordinator. The following are typical dates of most internships:

Fall: August-December
Spring: January – May
Summer: May-August


Content:General Assignment: Students participating in the internship program in the News Department become knowledgeable in many different aspects of the News operation. The interns will interact and assist with the assignment editors researching stories, make police checks and answering phones. Additionally, interns will spend time with producers in the newsroom and the control room, learning how a newscast is assembled and broadcast. There will also be ample opportunity to interact with the Anchors of the newscasts as well as assisting Reporters in the field. In some situations an intern may be assigned to work with one function of the News room such as Sports.

Revenue: Sales internships which incorporate the basics of broadcast marketing and Sales with the experiences a veteran staff can deliver. The intern will become an integral part of the NBC 4 and Sales team. Interns will have the opportunity to evaluate a career in media sales and gather a broad range of knowledge and skills from experiences in the office and in the field. We expect students to be inquisitive, proactive and enthusiastic.

Marketing: Interns will expand their writing skills by writing promotional and public service announcement copy and press releases.

They will assist with the coordination of station events and assisting at events including Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive, NBC4 Shred-it Day and Red, White & BOOM!.

Interns will be involved in productions by assisting marketing producer on video shoots, creating graphics using After Effects and Photo Shop and editing on Adobe Premiere, if applicable.

Interns will explore the functions of all departments by spending one or more days in the content, operations, and sales departments. They will also spend one day with the crew of “Daytime Columbus.”

Interns are responsible for sending their hours each week and a weekly report, summarizing what they did that week.

Evaluation: The evaluation will be completed the last week of the internship with feedback from producers and managers.

Feedback will be provided to intern throughout the internship.

Operations/Production: Daytime Columbus is WCMH-NBC4 TV’s daily advo-tainment program. The Daytime team may accept up to three interns every semester. Interns will get a close look at what it takes to coordinate and producer a talk show. Because the show combines sales and productions, candidates are preferred to be focusing on production, marketing, journalism or PR at a college level. Interns will experience: coordinating client relations, recruiting clients, and some basic observation of negotiating sales contracts. In addition, they will learn about and may have the opportunity to participate in behind the scenes television production, editing, and programming as well the streaming and posting of video content on the web. Interns will be required to work up to 15 hours per week. The production schedule for this show necessitates availability from 9am-noon 2-5 days per week. All majors are encouraged to apply. Interns must be reliable, take initiative, and have a passion for learning new aspects of advertising, client relations, event planning, television production, and/or programming and editing.

Duties: Assist the Daytime Team (Host, Producer, Associate Producer, Director and/or production team) with the planning, preparation and execution of the daily live broadcast. Duties may include: escorting clients, explaining production process to clients, assisting with studio set up, learning non-linear edit processes.

Requirements: Current enrollment in a two or four year program. Preferred focus of study on: Production, Journalism, Marketing, Sales/business, PR

The Daytime Associate Producer is assigned as the student mentor.

Interactive: Interns work with the multimedia content team researching, gathering content for station’s digital platforms. There are also opportunities to work with the station’s Multimedia Content Manager in the News Department on web design and content creation. Additional opportunities exist based on the intern’s skill and ability. Ideal interns will focus on interactive or multimedia journalism with at least one year working with a college/university media outlet.

Finance: Interns will learn and apply basic finance and accounting principles within the context of a “real world” business scenario. Interns will have the opportunity to make judgments on finance and accounting decisions and defend those decisions to the VP of Finance.

Human Resources: HR’s greatest value is to help the business become more competitive. This is accomplished by ensuring that four critical mandates: business partner, change agent, infrastructure expert and employee champion are fulfilled. An internship opportunity within the Human Resource Department will provide the opportunity to build the competencies necessary for a successful career. The Intern will work on various project and audits as well as get exposure on the daily tasks of the HR department.

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