IdahoPTV Announces New Internship Opportunities

Idaho Public Television is celebrating our tradition of mentoring students majoring in journalism, mass media, communication, public relations, event planning, marketing, education, new media, nonprofit management, and human resources by announcing a new internship program for college students in their junior to graduate-level years of study.


Work With the Best, Learn From the Best

Idaho Public Television is an agency of the State of Idaho operating under licenses held by the State Board of Education, and is the most watched public television station in the U.S. per capita. Our award-winning, locally produced programming earns accolades and awards from local, state, and national professional media organizations and associations year after year.

Explore and Expand Your Horizons

Internships are mutually beneficial to students and our stations. Many of Idaho’s current broadcast professionals and employees began their careers with Idaho Public Television. Hands-on experience in the industry complements what is learned in the classroom and prepares a new generation of broadcasting specialists from a variety of majors and experiences.

Idaho Public Television is pleased to announce the following internship opportunities:


Development Department Events Coordination Internships

The unpaid, first year Development Department internship allows the selected interns to develop a portfolio that involves completing a variety of event coordination projects for a dynamic member-supported organization.

If the student completes the qualifying internship at the level of expectation, he or she may be invited back for additional internships with Idaho Public Television. Follow-up internships involve paid opportunities to participate in additional or more responsible Development Department activities.

Date: Fall semester internship begins mid-September. Spring semester internship begins mid-January.

Hrs/Wk: Flexible 8–10 hours per week averaged over 3 days per week. Idaho Public Television will work with class schedule.

Skill Sets: Spreadsheet creation and entry

Organizational expertise

Presentation software (PowerPoint) development

Microsoft Office programs

Strong writing and proofreading skills


Working with confidential information

College Majors: Junior, senior, or graduate-level public relations, communications, marketing, nonprofit management, or related fields of study

Mentors: Director of Membership and Director of Major Gifts

Application Deadlines: Fall semester application deadline is August 31, 2017. Spring semester application deadline is November 30, 2017.

Interviews Schedule: To be determined


Internship Consists of Five Mini Projects

Project 1: IdahoPTV and the Development Function
  • Orientation and onboarding
  • Job shadowing
  • Departments within Development
  • Fundraising 101
Project 2: Event Planning, Execution, and Follow-Up
  • Event time line
  • Invites, e-vites, and RSVPs
  • Publicity platforms (social media, letters, e-blasts, etc.)
  • Sponsorship and Membership events
Project 3: Prospecting
  • Compile and organize donor records and information points from multiple data sources
  • Collect and organize information for staff follow-up
  • Output: streamlined communication plan and strategies for tracking and following up with Planned Giving prospects
Project 4: Solicitation and Appreciation
  • Member/donor renewals
  • Thank-you letters/mail merge projects
  • Segmentation and individualization
Project 5: Event Planning and Execution: On-Air Fundraising Each Year in December and March
  • Executing volunteer management and training
  • Phone bank and other in-kind donations solicitations


Interested?  Here are the relevant details:


  • Currently enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Junior to graduate student status; GPA of 2.8 overall, 3.0 or better in major.  Internships can be for academic credit-hours or for building real-world experience.  The first internship is unpaid. Some internships are renewable and may be eligible for a salary or stipend in succeeding years.
  • Student is responsible for travel to and from internship base location (travel to internship city, and to and from work or while on the job), living expenses, and health insurance.
  • Students seeking academic credit for the internship(s) may not be eligible for paid internships. Check with your campus for details.

Application Process:

Please reference the name of the internship in the subject line of all correspondence to ensure proper routing. Interested students should email the following materials to

  • For students requesting academic credit, submit a copy of the internship requirements and guidelines for employers, as well as contact information for the professor or dean who is in charge of internships at your school
  • current resume
  • letter of intent expressing your qualifications and interest in a specific internship, and your goals for the internship
  • school advisor’s contact information
  • copies of transcripts from higher education institutions you have attended
  • letter of recommendation from the department head or a past or current professor who has taught you in a class in your field of study
  • summer or semester (fall or spring) for which you are applying if applicable.


Idaho Public Television Diversity Statement:

It is the policy of Idaho Public Television to create an environment that supports diversity in all aspects of employment and in the daily operation of the enterprise. This diversity policy also carries over to the communities we serve through programming, community outreach, and our involvement in local and national organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.

At Idaho Public Television we value the contributions of each unique individual regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, veteran status, religious or political beliefs or other ideologies. This policy not only applies to our employment practices but is manifested in our culture where we view diversity as a strength to be developed and encouraged.

We choose to take positive actions to promote and encourage diversity and the personal development of each full-time and part-time employee of our organization, and include individuals representing diverse groups in internships to provide a meaningful professional-level experience to represent the diversity of the communities we serve, and to further public broadcasting’s commitment to education.

Idaho Public Television is an equal opportunity employer. We have adopted and will always meet the standards of federal and state law, state statutes, our own Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, and F.C.C. diversity reporting requirements.

In addition, as a State of Idaho agency, we support and abide by the State Board of Education’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Sexual Harassment Policies. Since 2013, Idaho Public Television has held an annual diversity training program for management and staff that underscores our continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

Internship Contact:

Susannah Arnim, Human Resource Specialist

(208)  373-7340


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