Chicago Tonight is a multi-faceted news and current affairs program broadcast in prime time (7-8 p.m.) Monday - Friday. The program includes news analysis, interviews and other current features, film and theater reviews and commentary. It combines in-studio interviews and features, with pre-produced field packages and remote live shots. Chicago Tonight is unlike any other news program in the local market and a unique daily format among PBS stations nationwide.
This internship is a wonderful opportunity for a student interested in the significant political, social, economic and cultural issues that face the city of Chicago. Interns assist in producing the program, doing research, greeting guests, observing journalists’ news gathering in and outside the station and learning techniques of news and feature editing, writing and reporting.
Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years old and an undergraduate student, graduate student, or have graduated from an accredited college or university within 12 months of beginning this internship.
Interns should have excellent research, writing and communication skills, be proficient on a computer, resourceful, mature and professional.
Knowledge of TV production is helpful but not required.
Interns should be available for one of these two schedules:
- Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
in addition to Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This is an unpaid internship.
We will work with schools for student interns receiving credit, but receiving credit is not required.
Deadlines are as follows:
Fall Semester Internship (which generally begins in Sept. and continues through Dec.): July 31
Spring Semester Internship (which generally begins in Jan. and continues through May): Nov 30
(which generally begins in June and continues through Aug.): Apr 30
When applying, please include a cover letter that explains why you would like an internship at WTTW, what you expect to learn, and how your career goals might relate to the internship offered at WTTW. Make sure to include any completed broadcast-related courses you have taken, as well as any media experience including campus radio, TV, newspaper or multimedia.
Candidates who are believed to be a good match will then be invited to come in for an interview.