Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chicago Time Machine Documentary/History Internship

WTTW is currently producing an 80-minute local historical documentary and website called “Chicago Time Machine.” Host Geoffrey Baer will travel to places around the Chicago region and step into a virtual time machine to show viewers what stood at that place or happened there in years past. This production will be complete and broadcast by November 2013.

We are currently seeking interns for the Summer 2013 session. Interns should have excellent research, writing, communication, and computer skills, be resourceful, mature, and professional. An interest and education in the area of history, specifically Public History, is key.  Knowledge of TV production is helpful, but not required. We prefer interns currently in school or recently graduated to be available at least 20 hours per week during the summer. It is also helpful if the intern has a car or driver's license. This is an unpaid internship. Students may receive educational credit from their college or university for their internship with WTTW.

Learning opportunities include:
  • Assist in the pre-production research of content for writing of scripts.
  • Assist with the gathering, maintaining, and recording of archival images for use in the production of the program.
  • Assist with fact-checking of historical and current information related to the architectural content of the program.
  • Communicate with historians, institutions, and organizations providing information or content to the production.
  • Assist the producers on local field production shoots.
  • Provide administrative office assistance as needed.

Most work will take place at WTTW studios located on the northwest side of Chicago, however interns may need to visit libraries or other institutions as part of their research assignments. Interns may also accompany and assist the production team on local field shoots.

Interested students or recent graduates, within 11 months of graduation, should email their resume and cover letter expressing their qualifications and interest in the internship to: . Please reference "Time Machine Documentary/History Internship" in the subject line of all correspondence to ensure proper routing. Please submit your cover letters and resumes for consideration by April 30, 2013.

Click here to download more information on the internship opportunity.

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