Internship Opportunities at NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago

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    The NBC/Telemundo internship program is designed to provide college students the opportunity to explore careers in the broadcasting industry while providing meaningful and practical business experience.  

    NBC/Telemundo has three internship sessions yearly. Each session runs for approximately 13 weeks. 

    This is a paid internship program. Our interns are considered trainees and not employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1973.  Internships with NBC/Telemundo Chicago are limited to only one session per student. Each student is assigned to one station sponsor for the duration of the internship. 

    At NBC/Telemundo, labor contracts prevent interns from performing union duties. These duties include newswriting, working with technical equipment and directing. If you're interested in gaining "hands on" experience, you are advised to seek internships at a broadcasting company where this work is not restricted to union employees.

    NBC/Telemundo reserves the right to terminate a student's internship at any point for reasons such as misconduct, poor attendance, insubordination or other serious violations.   

    Internship Eligibility 

    You must be registered as a Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student in good standing at an accredited college or university to be eligible for an NBC/Telemundo Internship. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. The registration must apply for the full duration of the internship.  Be fully aware of your schools internship requirements before applying for the NBC/Telemundo Internship program.  Most NBC/Telemundo Internship sponsors/departments require students to work 30 hours per week during the summer internship session. During the school year, most departments offer more flexibility, but require at least 15 hours per week. 

    Available Internship Departments 


    Responsibilities:  Help plan, coordinate and execute community events such as town hall meetings festivals and parade participation.  Assist with writing community calendar, social media posts and business correspondences; help coordinate station appearances; conduct station tours.

    Qualifications:  Must have strong organizational, project management, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills; adept in MS Word, Excel and Power Point knowledge very helpful, telephone etiquette, independent worker. 


    Responsibilities:  Gain experience, knowledge and skills essential to becoming a media relations professional in the Hispanic media landscape.   Intern will be involved in event marketing, social network marketing, be liaison with community and integrating sales and marketing efforts for Telemundo Chicago.   Will manage event projects.   

    Qualifications:  Good writing and communications skills.  Bilingual skills strongly preferred (English/Spanish).   Quick learner, good phone skills and good presentation skills. 

    DIGITAL SALES (NBC only):        

    Responsibilities: Assist in day-to-day office operations. Working with and organizing sales pitches, research and administrative -tasks for the Digital Sales Department.   

    Qualifications: Interest in the broadcast business, especially in new media sales efforts for digital and Web-based businesses of NBCUniversal.  Must have excellent computer skills.  Excellent phone skills, strong knowledge of Internet and a positive attitude. 

    CONSUMER UNIT (NBC Only):          

    Responsibilities: Manage viewer intake telephone hotline and mail. Help viewers solve consumer problems as well as researching complaints for possible story development.   

    Qualifications: Excellent phone skills, research skills via print, phone, web-based and a "nose for news" is crucial. Desire to really help viewers with problems.  Not afraid to "dig up dirt" when necessary.  


    Responsibilities:  Will do thorough research on a variety of stories with a host of reporters and anchors.  Responsibilities will include computer research; research in the field; analyzing documents; making phone calls to track down stories; researching story tips and ideas; talking with viewers and tipsters; helping with numbers and statistics; tracking down video; logging tape; assisting with web articles; pre-interviewing and field producing; This is a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. internship.

    Qualification:  Good investigative interns are curious and persistent; Work hard to uncover new facts, are willing to pivot from story to story as needed, have especially good writing skills.  This internship is for someone who relishes finding out things that no one else has ever taken the time to find out.   It’s a job for someone who can tackle new sources and resources.

    NEWS DEPARTMENT (NBC or TLMD):         

    Responsibilities: Assist producer and/or reporter with research projects and stories, listen to scanners, and take viewer calls. 

    Qualifications: Interest in reporting/interviewing, journalism classes or experience, excellent writing ability, interpersonal skills and web-based research skills are required.

    NEWS PLANNING UNIT (NBC or TLMD):         

    Responsibilities: Research future stories, clip/read newspapers for story ideas, take calls on future stories. Assist News Planning Producer with breaking news and feature segments. 

    Qualifications: Excellent Computer skills, phone skills and communication skills.  Good research abilities on computer based sites.

    SALES MARKETING (NBC Only):       

    Responsibilities: Assist the Research/Marketing team in compiling ratings information, competitive analysis and station performance data. Answering phones, faxing and filing when needed.  

    Qualifications: Exposure to courses in media planning, advertising research or broadcast marketing preferred. Strong knowledge of MS office applications and e-mail is required. Should possess basic math/statistical skills, ability to work independently, be organized and detailed and have a curiosity about Chicago's television market.


    Responsibilities: Assist Web development manager of in creation of original content for Web site.  Editing and writing stories and creating slide shows. The right candidate will also have the opportunity to create their own  

    Qualifications: experience with Internet, HTML coding, Adobe Photoshop, Must have computer and typing skills, good judgment, writing ability and creativity. Opportunity to participate in the fastest-growing segment of the journalism industry. EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT (NBC Only):     

    Responsibilities: Assist managing editor of in creating stories, videos, slideshows and other editorial content to post on the Web site. Intern will work with other Web editors, reporters, producers and photographers to gather content, write stories, select photos and make editorial decisions about the site. This internship will help develop your writing skills and editorial judgment, as well as build practical skills with basic HTML, CMS programs and PhotoShop. You will finish the internship with a portfolio of online work for your resume.  

    Qualifications: Journalism coursework, experience with Internet, very basic HTML coding, Adobe Photoshop and some video editing. Must have computer skills, good news and content judgment, writing ability, creativity and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Opportunity to participate in the fastest-growing segment of the journalism industry.

    Click link for the NBC/Telemundo Internship Application (PDF)

    Completed applications and additional paperwork must be mailed to: 

    Internship Coordinator 

    NBC,  Human Resources Dept. 

    454 N. Columbus Drive, 5th floor

    Chicago, IL 60611 

    Chicago Internship Line:  (312) 836-5785

    Or send application materials in a pdf format to: 

    NBCUniversal is an equal opportunity employer.