WORK OPPORTUNITIES. Interns typically work on one or more programs in conjunction with their formal courses of study at their university, college or high school. Their work is not paid and must be approved by the appropriate school administrator or faculty member. Each person usually designs a program and schedule which works best for him or her. Interns are responsible for meeting all internship requirements and for obtaining and completing all paperwork. Opportunities available at our show vary greatly. This internship is for those looking to gain experience in Marketing, Communications, Development, and Production.
Volunteering. The purpose of the volunteer program is to give people a chance to assist with the television program because they support its objective of promoting civil discourse. These people are volunteering for the Democracy & Media Education Foundation (“DMEF”), which supports the programming. The DMEF is a Section 501©(3) organization.
HOURS PER WEEK : Each intern or volunteer may work as little or as much as he or she wants but interns usually need to have a specific schedule. Typically, this will total 10 to 20 hours of work each week. Interns have great flexibility in setting their schedules. A regular schedule is more important than the total hours worked.
APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS. All internships are unpaid, volunteer positions. Students must be enrolled at a qualifying Colorado institution of secondary education, higher education, or vocational education. Again, a resume or vitae — no matter how short it may be — and any additional information should be provided.
* SCHOOL COORDINATION AND OUTREACH. Programs need to be developed in conjunction with colleges and universities for internships, research efforts, and both panelist and guest opportunities.
* PRODUCTION. Before, during, and after the actual production of the show, there are a number of opportunities to assist. They range from writing scripts for the show, writing scripts for promoting each show, greeting guests as they arrive at the Studio, doing make-up, tracking down missing guests, helping to seat the guests, taking both staged and candid photos of the guests and the host, assisting with “mike-ing” the guests, operating the CG system, assisting with the Teleprompter, being available to help in the Control Room, staying with the incoming guests for the next show (i.e., while another one is being taped), making tapes and DVD’ copies of shows and sending them to guests, editing shows, making commercials for the program, going out on shots for clips around the Denver Metro area, scheduling shots and interviews, producing a new “open” for the program, responding to requests for tapes and interviews, et cetera.
* SET DESIGN. Programs need sets. “The Aaron Harber Show” and its related programs always are interested in considering new sets. Backgrounds which make Web broadcasts and viewing easier to watch and which avoid guests disappearing into a poor background are highly sought after. Sets for other special editions of the show also need to be designed. Creative approaches to the sets are desired and will be encouraged.
* SPECIFIC NEEDS FOR “THE AARON HARBER SHOW” typically include the following from which interns and volunteers can select one or more categories:
- Developing program topic ideas and doing topic selection
- Program topic research and question development
- Researching guest possibilities, doing guest booking and coordination
- Creating sponsor slates and underwriting reels
- Promotional “spot” creation, development, production & distribution
- “Watch Aaron…” promo collage project for television spots
- Camera operation
- Control board operation
- Still photography on the set, on location, and for future programs
- Audio equipment operation and audio editing
- Assisting with on-location tapings
- Location scouting and advance work
- Studio security and location security
- On-location coordination and shooting for non-studio productions
- Photograph captioning, organization, and display
- Denver Open Media ingestion and scheduling processes
- Colorado program distribution and syndication (and expansion)
- National program distribution syndication (and expansion)
- Website Copy-writing
- Follow-up investigation of guest statements; verification, fact-checking (“Definitive Programming”)
- Website development, coordination, enhancement and maintenance
- Implementation of Sponsor obligations and verification of completion
- Fundraising research and target identification; prospect qualification
- Internet funding strategies (selling ads/space; access to Websites)
- Music Performance fundraiser production development and organization
- “Thank You” event organization
- Updating and maintenance of email databases
- Cataloging of all shows & guests (including taping & broadcast dates)
- Archiving programs in a preferred electronic storage format
- Selecting clips from programs for use in “opens” and promotional spots
- Press relationship development
- Expansion & distribution
- Marketing planning & educational institution coordination
- Promotional strategies development and implementation
- Public Service Announcement strategies and production (Domestic Violence, Literacy, The Law, etc.)
- Expansion of relationship with COMCAST Entertainment Television
- Expansion of relationships with Public Access stations
- Set design for improving the existing set and designing new sets
- Reviews of products and services; submission of reviews nationally
- Award competitions and other profile-raising award opportunities
- Assisting with the development and implementation of “The Energy Roundtable”
- Assisting with the development and implementation of “The Great Climate Change Debate”
- Assisting with the development and implementation of “The Real Iraq”
- U.S. City Tour (broadcasting from different cities)
- International Tour (broadcasting from different countries)