WNET Public Media Initiatives: Poverty and Climate Change

The Department:

The Multiplatform Initiatives (MPI) department manages two national public media initiatives: Chasing the Dream on poverty and opportunity in America and Peril and Promise on the challenges and human stories of climate change. We create and oversee content on those two topic areas across all public media platforms, on-air and online through our strategic partnerships, broadcast content, and social media and digital platforms. With Chasing the Dream, our goal is to tell stories of socioeconomic inequality, the American Dream, criminal justice, and what’s being done to ameliorate these issues. Peril and Promise looks at the challenges and human impact of climate change, scientific research and innovation, and solutions to this issue.

Description of Duties:

  • Interns will get experience writing and creating social media content for MPI’s platforms: they will write copy, assist with creating graphics, videos, GIFs, and assist with production for Facebook Live and IGTV video shoots. (40%)
  • Interns will have the opportunity to pitch and execute independent projects, with the goal of creating several pieces of content by the end of their term. This project could be a written article, video piece, social media campaign, or other creative content and interns will be mentored throughout the execution process. (40%)
  • Interns will work on special projects throughout their internship, many of them research and writing-based, as assigned by the internship mentors (20%)

Student’s Accountability:

Interns will report to MPI’s Producer Maya Navon and Social Media and Digital Production Assistant Nina Joung. Interns are expected to complete tasks within a timely manner and to the best of their ability, ask mentors questions freely about tasks, be flexible, and be a team player. Interns are expected to work with the intern mentor to pitch, design, and execute their independent projects by the end of their internship term.


  • Interns should be enrolled in a four-year college and able to receive college credit for their internship.
  • All candidates should have very strong research, writing, and communication skills, along with some journalistic and editorial experience.
  • Candidates will have one or more of these skills: social media copy writing, social media production, graphic design, video shooting, video editing, or photography.
  • Candidates should have experience in or an interest in the following topics: climate change/science, socioeconomics, social and criminal justice and poverty.
  • Candidates should have the ability to work independently, but also work within a team.

Opportunity Profile: 

  • Exposure to national and local stories surrounding socioeconomic inequality, poverty, the American Dream, climate change, and scientific research and innovation
  • Opportunities to hone research, writing, copy editing, video editing, graphic design, and social media skills
  • Opportunities to pitch their own creative ideas and have one or more tangible end products by the end of the internship (i.e. pitch a story, video concept, new social media campaign and have the opportunity to execute it, with the mentorship of the team throughout)
  • Opportunities to be exposed to the inner workings of both broadcast and digital media production and content and partnership development and management
  • Experience working with a small, focused team that will allow the intern to be fully involved in all department activities, attend strategic meetings, and be involved in the development and creative brainstorming process.
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