Internships

Modeled after the empowering, entrepreneurial, journalism, and advocacy career of the company’s founder, Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group’s Internship Program is a diversity-focused program that encourages and nurtures college students who want to pursue a broadcasting career.

Interns will get the unique opportunity to learn from and work with Tavis. These invaluable internships will also allow students to observe firsthand the day-to-day inner workings of a multimedia personality and his successful communications company.

Requirements

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • An academic major that is related to the department of interest
  • Previous work experience (industry experience a plus)
  • Organizational skills, demonstrated teamwork, computer literacy, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Interns must be able to work a minimum of 12 weeks , 15-20 hours per week, for $500/month, and must obtain course credit

How to Apply

Send a résumé and cover letter expressing:

  • The specific area of interest(s)
  • What you hope to gain from the experience, and
  • Any special skills or experience you can contribute to the program

Materials should be sent to the attention of the Internship Coordinator at TavisSmileyPresents@tavistalks.com.

Due to the volume of résumés received, we are not able to respond personally to each applicant, nor are we able to respond to telephone calls or other inquiries. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you.

Publicity Internship

Description: This is an excellent opportunity to learn basic skills for media publicity.

Intern will develop press mailings and emailing lists, make copies, answer phones, prepare correspondence, prepare press releases and other publicity materials, maintain media-contact database, assemble press kits and other press mailings, and help organize and maintain publicity print materials and photos. Additionally, the intern will work with the webmaster to monitor and update www.tavistalks.com.

Qualifications: Candidate must be a strong multi-tasker, be a self-starter, computer literate, Internet savvy, must have strong written and communication skills and be very detailoriented. English, journalism, or communication majors preferred.

Event Production Internship

Description: This internship with Tavis Smiley Presents – a subsidiary of The Smiley Group - is the perfect opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career as an event producer/coordinator. Intern will assist event management staff with research, planning, travel, marketing, and logistical coordinating of events. Intern is responsible for preparing correspondence, making copies, filing, answering phones, researching, making travel arrangements, and booking panelists. Most importantly, the intern will develop local partnership leads with government bodies, corporations, organizations, and associations for future events.

Qualifications: Candidate must be a strong multi-tasker, be computer literate, Internet savvy, must have strong written and communication skills, and be extremely detail oriented. Business or Marketing Majors preferred.

Media Archives Internship

Description: This is an impressive résumé building opportunity.

Intern is responsible for sorting, organizing, making copies, answering phones, preparing correspondence, managing audio/video tape recording filing and database system of Tavis Smiley Presents programs, The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, and The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. Intern will also maintain filing and database system of Tavis Smiley print and Internet media clippings. Intern will learn workings of corporate Archive, inventorying, and processing media collections.

Qualifications: Candidate must be computer literate, should have basic office skills, and should be enrolled in an archive studies or library information science undergraduate or graduate program.

Radio Journalism Internship

Description: This is an invaluable behind-the-scenes opportunity.

Intern is responsible for assisting Smiley and Executive Producer of the Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, preparing radio show correspondence, making copies, answering phones, researching, greeting guests, filing, and logging The Smiley Report commentaries.

Qualifications: Candidate must be a self-starter, computer literate, and must have strong written and communication skills. Journalism, communication, or radio broadcast/production majors preferred.

 
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