These Digital, Broadcast And Cable Companies Are Hiring Interns
College students and recent graduates who have interned at least once get a significant leg up in today's competitive job market compared to their inexperienced peers. Last year, 63 percent of paid interns received at least one job offer, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. As for those who never interned, only 36 percent were courted by an employer.
Job prospects have improved slightly for this year's graduating class, but hiring managers worry that a college education alone does not prepare students for the realities of the working life.
"These companies may think the graduates are academically strong, but they aren't sure they are prepared for the complexity of today's jobs," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, told USA Today. "Companies are asking these questions about graduates: Are they just book smart? Or will they have street smarts as well?"
What better way to get these "street smarts" (also known as soft skills) than by actually working?
If you're not sure where to begin, check out the internships offered by digital, broadcast and cable companies below. These are especially great opportunities for students coming from liberal arts programs. (And if you don't see yourself working in media, browse our lists for internships in engineering, human resources or business and sales.)
1. Gannett Co.
What it does: This Tysons, Va.-based media company is the largest newspaper publisher in the United States. In addition to print media, Gannett also owns broadcast and digital properties across the country. Some of its most significant assets include USA Today, The Des Moines Register, The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic.
Seeking interns for: News production, social media, photo and advertising
Compensation: Some paid, some unspecified
Where: Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado and Tennessee
2. Tribune Company
What it does: The Tribune Company is one of the largest television broadcasting companies and newspaper publishers in the United States. Among its best known brands are daily newspapers Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and national superstation WGN America. (Another of its daily newspapers, the Orlando Sentinel, is hiring an advertising intern under a separate listing.)
Seeking interns for: Photo, news, sales and marketing
3. Starz Inc.
What it does: Starz Inc. is a broadcasting and cable company with media and entertainment subsidiaries that operate worldwide. The Meridian, Colo.-based company provides premium subscription video content through its Starz and Encore movie networks. Starz completed its spin-off of Liberty Media Corporation in January 2013.
Seeking interns for: Video production, TV/film programming, marketing, software development and others
4. Sinclair Broadcast Group
What it does: Sinclair Broadcast Group is a telecommunications and media company that owns 167 television stations across the United States. The largest local TV programming operator in the country, SBG reaches over 38 percent of American households with TV sets. It is headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md.
Seeking interns for: News, radio promotions, production and others
Compensation: Some paid, some unspecified
5. Time Warner Cable
What it does: Time Warner Cable is a media and telecommunications company based in New York City. Time Warner is the second largest cable company behind Comcast and operates in four businesses groups: Turner, HBO, Warner Bros. and Time Inc. In February 2014 Comcast announced plans to acquire Time Warner for more than $45 billion in stock value.
Seeking interns for: Marketing and accounting
Where: North Carolina and Virginia
What it does: Philadelphia, Pa.-based Comcast is the largest media and telecommunications company in the world by revenue. The media giant's assets include NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures and Telemundo. In February 2014 the company announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion in stock value.
Seeking interns for: Administrative
Where: New Hampshire
What it does: CareerBuilder is the largest online employment website in the United States, with headquarters in Chicago, Ill. It was ranked second on Consumer World's 2012 Best Places to Work in IT list. The career site has been a subsidiary of Gannett Co. since 2008 and is an AOL Jobs partner.
Seeking interns for: Software engineering
*This is a fall 2014 internship