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WVTM News Internship

Hearst Television, Birmingham, AL, United States

The story is yours!

Duration: Contract

WVTM 13, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, AL, recognizes that a good internship program can add practical experience to the education a student gains in college or graduate school. Therefore, the station has established an Internship Program in which students may work one semester and earn academic credit. There are a variety of paid internship opportunities available to currently enrolled college students. Interns will be closely supervised and critiqued in order to maximize the learning experience. Interns will report to the News Director.

Newsroom interns will spend 10-12 weeks shadowing and gaining experience in the following departments:

Assignment Desk
• Assist team members in gathering news and information. This includes taking and placing telephone calls from reporters, sources, governments agencies and general public.
• May also assist in research and other tasks.

TV News Production
• Practice writing and formatting scripts for broadcast.
• Time in the field shadowing reporters or anchors at a live report is possible but not guaranteed due to COVID safety conditions

Digital News Production 

• Help research and write content for WVTM-13 digital platforms including the WVTM-13 app, wvtm13.com and various social media platforms.
• When appropriate, the opportunity to help with photo and video production for digital platforms may be available
Photographers and Logistics
• Assist team members with field work and news gathering

• Monitor national insider twitter sports feeds/accounts for any breaking sports news.
• Log all sports events recorded by the Sports staff.
• Write scripts for daily sportscast.
• Research team and player statistics.
• Pitch story ideas to sports department
• May accompany reporters on location shoots but not guaranteed due to COVID safety conditions

• Analyze weather charts and models
• Prepare daily forecasts
• Produce weather graphics
• Assist meteorologists in gathering critical & breaking weather information and data
• Relay important information to/from News, Assignment Desk, and Web
• Research statistical data
• Practice forecast delivery in-studio
• Assist with social media efforts and email communication


A cover letter is required with the following information:

  • Department preference
  • Available start and end dates
  • Days and hours available to work

About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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