Sample Intern Roles

T. Howard Foundation interns participate in meaningful work at some of the world's largest and most influential media and entertainment companies across business functions.
 
Below are examples of some of the departments and responsibilities of previous placements.
 
ACCOUNTING/FINANCE
Responsibilities may include utilizing software to run reports and queries for various monthly processes; reconciling balance sheet accounts; recording journal entries and preparing related documentation; forecasting and budgeting; variance analysis; assisting with accounts; and participating in ad hoc projects as necessary.
 
BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Responsibilities may include working in the field and in the newsroom; working with assignment editors, photographers and  producers to research, write and produce news broadcasts; assisting with writing headlines, developing content, editing and creating multimedia stories; creating photos and video for web and social media; conducting interviews; screening, logging and editing interviews and other video; sorting anchor scripts; operating the TelePrompter; participating in editorial decisions; and handling logistics.

BUSINESS/SALES/MARKETING
 
Business: Responsibilities may include assisting in business plans/models for new services; researching to determine prospects for new clients; assisting in identifying and evaluating new client prospects; assisting in creating new business development strategies; drafting letters and emails; accompanying staff on meetings; and conducting competitive analysis.  
 
Affiliate Sales/Relations: Responsibilities may include reconciling reports; researching/resolving vendor issues; preparing memos; processing documents for manual invoicing; reporting and analyzing revenues/expenses associated with sales; assisting with inventory management and analysis; assisting with daily maintenance of accounts; assisting in presentation creation for clients; and conducting research.   
 
Affiliate Marketing/Distribution Marketing: Responsibilities may include assisting in the overall development and implementation of marketing campaigns; working with the scheduling team to plan spots and drop-ins; working with the digital team working on analytics; onsite support for special events; drafting post-campaign marketing reports; gathering and communicating collective feedback to advertising agencies; updating status reports; and tracking, analyzing and presenting findings.
 
DIGITAL MEDIA/GRAPHIC DESIGN
 
Digital Media: Responsibilities may include logging materials; editing and screening content; media site management and uploading materials; making recommendations on creative direction; and maintaining video tracking. Students entering a digital media internship should be familiar with software such as Final Cut Pro or Avid.
 
Graphic Design: Responsibilities may include designing print and/or web graphics; resizing images updating websites; and research. Students entering a graphic design internship should be familiar with graphic design software including the Adobe Creative Suite and basic HTML.   

ENGINEERING/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 
 
Engineering: Responsibilities may include assisting engineers in the development and evolution of high-end digital television delivery systems and interconnectivity; obtaining hands-on exposure to television facility engineering, including processes, standards, formats, documentation and administration; repair and maintenance; and project management.
 
Information Technology: Responsibilities may include basic configuration and deployments; document procedures; application installments; environment configurations; installing and supporting new and existing applications on various server platforms; writing business requirements documents for new projects; providing Level 1 troubleshooting; and tracking tickets for network events.
 
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 
Responsibilities may include assisting with the coordination and execution of tasks such as writing reports and memos; researching legislative and regulatory issues; developing charts and graphs.
 
HUMAN RESOURCES
Responsibilities may include assisting the human resources team with projects within the core areas of operations, recruitment, benefits administration, scheduling, and employee relations/employee communications; data entry; maintaining spreadsheets; screening resumes; and attending recruitment events.

LEGAL (law students only)
Responsibilities may include reviewing, synthesizing and summarizing information from a variety of production, acquisition and distribution agreements; assisting with clearance and licensing matters including researching, negotiating terms and fees for all third party resources; and assisting with drafting of memos, licenses, agreements for services, and maintenance of consent & release agreements.
 
PRODUCTION
Responsibilities may include assisting the production staff in various aspects of production, including pre- and post-production duties; logging tapes; video/DVD duplication; maintaining the tape library; researching for upcoming and current productions; providing clerical and administrative support for the team; and other duties as assigned. 
 
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Responsibilities may include database and contact list management; administrative assignments (answering phones, handling correspondents, making travel plans); organizing publicity materials; media relations; writing bios and news releases; corporate blogging; internal communications; assisting with programming highlights and media alerts; organizing and archiving press materials; and screening and logging materials.