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News Associates Program
NBC East Coast Page Program
NBC West Coast Page Program
CNN Video Journalist 

 

NBC News Associates Program

Application deadline: Around Feb. 2010 for 2010-2011
Description: This highly competitive program identifies outstanding aspiring journalists who bring diverse backgrounds to news production and news coverage. The News Associates program is a fast-track opportunity for people with the goal to learn news gathering and production skills. It is not designed to train people who wish to be on-air reporters.
Time Commitment: One year; must be willing to work overtime, nights, holidays and weekends, often with short notice. Compensation: $33, 600 salary, exempt; “outstanding” benefits package; relocation expenses are not covered.
Requirements: Ability to work in the New York Metropolitan area; must be willing to take drug test and submit to a background investigation; must have unrestricted work authorization in United States through July 2011; must be willing to sign a one year employment contract.
Application instructions: External applicants must submit a resume/CV through gecareers.com or nbcunicareers.com. Be prepared to answer a number of essay questions during the process; these questions can be found here.

NBC East Coast Page Program

Application deadline: Rolling – Apply Now

Description: The NBC Universal Page Program seeks to recruit, develop and retain great diverse talent. Our Program acts as a primary pipeline to entry level positions at NBC Universal. The Page Program Curriculum has four rotational components: Build, Imagine, Solve and Lead. Each Page will have the opportunity to rotate through this Curriculum, in addition to maintaining their primary function as a Guest Relation’s staff member. The BUILD module is where each page will begin their journey within the Page Program. This module will last up to 12 weeks and includes orientation, online training and management feedback sessions. During BUILD a Page can expect to develop professional skills which will propel them towards the next modules of the program, IMAGINE, SOLVE and LEAD. Within the IMAGINE, SOLVE and LEAD modules, pages have the opportunity to apply to assignments, much like they would to a job, and if chosen based on their qualifications, the page will be placed on assignment for 12 weeks.
Term: One year
Time Commitment: 6 days/week, 50 hours/week, must be willing to work on weekends, five paid vacation days
Compensation: $10/hr with overtime
Requirements: Industry specific (Communications, Political Science or International Affairs) degree from a four-year college or university with a preferred minimum 3.2 GPA. Related production, publicity or marketing experience (such as a campus radio or television, newspaper, or internships), computer proficiency, demonstrated leadership, strong work ethic, and outgoing personality all play an important role in the application process.
Application instructions: Apply through the NBC Universal Careers Web site. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and click submit materials to the New York, NY program. You will need a resume and cover letter ready.

NBC West Coast Page Program

Application deadline: Rolling – Apply Now
Description: As a Page, you will be given the chance to learn about many aspects of network television from the ground up. As a member of our Guest Relations staff, your primary function will be to act as a liaison between NBC and the general public. You will conduct guided tours and perform various audience services for NBC shows. Along with these public relations responsibilities, you may have the opportunity to work in different departments within the company on either short or long term assignments. After a period of one year, you will be in a position to make an informed decision as to which area of the industry interests you most.
Term: Not specified
Time Commitment: one year
Compensation: Not specified
Requirements: Degree from a four-year college or university with a preferred minimum 3.0 GPA. Related broadcast experience (such as a campus radio or television, newspaper, or internships), computer proficiency, demonstrated leadership, strong work ethic, and outgoing personality play an important role in the application process. Application instructions: Apply through the NBC Universal Careers Web site. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and click submit materials to the Burbank, CA program. You will need a resume and cover letter ready.

CNN Video Journalist

Application deadline: Check Web site – Apply Now
Description: The Video Journalist (VJ) position, offered at the Atlanta Headquarters of the Cable News Network (CNN-US/CNN International/HLN), provides hands-on experience and training for entry-level candidates pursuing one of three career goals: technical control room, video editing, or editorial. VJs fill a variety of jobs in many departments at CNN, CNNI, HLN and CNN Media Operations. The primary duties are floor directing, teleprompting, and script distribution for live broadcasts, as well as production support for Media Operations.
Term: Jan. 2 – Jan. 12 at the University of Arizona in Tucson
Time Commitment: Video Journalists are at will, hourly employees and are guaranteed a scheduled 40-hour workweek with the potential for overtime. Video Journalists are expected to work all major holidays, unless they fall on their scheduled off days or during designated vacation time. To compensate, newsroom employees receive four weeks of paid vacation per year, prorated from their hire date.
Compensation: Not specified; hourly wage
Requirements: Technical candidates should have hands-on technical experience. Editorial and video editing candidates should have writing experience in television or print production.
Application instructions: Must formally apply online. You will need to submit your profile, cover letter, and resume for the "video journalist" position. During the interview process, you may also be asked to submit writing assignments. These writing assignments are only given to those candidates we feel are strong enough to move on to the next phase in the application process.
**This position has specific open periods only. A good idea would be to search job positions regularly. Pay attention early spring.**