FOX 13 Seattle Internships

2024 Academic Internships

FOX 13 Seattle is proud to support a culture of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and community that attracts the industry’s brightest talent. Our Academic Internship Program offers motivated college students who are passionate about entertainment and the media industry the opportunity to gain real-world work experience with guidance from top industry professionals.

In addition to receiving academic credit and hands-on training with experienced professionals in various fields of broadcasting, academic interns also receive a $15.00 per-day travel stipend and access to staff employment opportunities pending availability and qualifications.

Summer 2024 Schedule

  • Application Deadline: Sun., Mar. 31, 2024. Candidates under consideration will be contacted and scheduled for interviews during the first week of April 2024.
  • Program Start Date: Mon., Jun. 17, 2024
  • Scheduled Weekly Hours: 16-24 hours per week for 8 weeks.
  • Notes: Schedules vary based on department needs and your availability. We do our best to work around your class schedule.

FOX 13 Seattle’s Academic interns will rotate weekly through the following eight (8) workgroups to learn from trained professionals.

Assignment Desk: Students will work at the "nerve center" of the newsroom to understand how local news develops, is assigned and researched. Work with the assignment desk will include online research, phone calls, review of police scanners, and management of traffic cameras. Interns will also organize information from a variety of sources (news releases, social media posts, scanner traffic, etc) so it is accurate and easily accessible for staff.

Reporters & Photographers: Students will gain hands-on experience in the daily work of journalists who are dispatched to work in the field. This will give students a broad understanding of story development, on-scene interviewing, shooting video, covering newsworthy events, meeting deadlines, and live shot transmission work. Interns will also learn how life in the "field" compares with work being done simultaneously in the newsroom. 

Digital Team: Students will assist in creating, editing, and producing content for FOX 13’s digital properties, including the web site, the FOX LOCAL live stream, and the station’s social media properties. Interns will assist digital producers in all areas of gathering news content by researching and writing news stories, encoding video, and editing photos. Intern must have solid news judgment and writing skills. Some knowledge of Photoshop, HTML, and AP style is preferred.

Producer Row: Rome wasn’t built in a day, but every newscast is. Interns will learn how the rundown gets produced each day for each newscast. They will shadow trained producers and writers who sit in "producer row" to see how stories are written, and how soundbytes are selected for air. Students will also learn about the visual side of the TV medium – why video is selected for many stories, but graphics are built for others. Interns will also gain an understanding about rundown strategy: what constitutes the "lead" story, and why do other stories air at :10 past the hour, or :48 past the hour?

Newscast Production: Students working in production will gain an understanding about the "live" element of local newscasts. This rotation shows interns about the control rooms and studio operations. Interns will work with directors, production technicians and engineers to understand the technology needed to bring all the "ingredients" together to execute a newscast: video, graphics, the TelePrompTer, audio, live shots, studio cameras, and much more.

On-Air Talent: Students will work with studio-based news and weather anchors on various tasks. When working with news anchors, interns will learn about the newsgathering process in the newsroom, and about how to prepare for a live newscast. They will also assist with story research, copy editing, phone calls and writing, to ensure total accuracy before airtime. Students will assist weather anchors with collecting weather data and building computer forecast graphics. Interns will also post weather maps; correspond with the National Weather Service (NWS) for data, maps, and forecasts; and research historical weather facts.

FOX 13 Sports Team: Students will spend a rotation with anchors, producers, photographers and editors on the sports team. Interns will learn what it takes to cover seven professional teams in Seattle, plus college programs and minor league organizations. There may be rare opportunities to cover a game in person, but this is not guaranteed.

Good Day Seattle: Students will take everything they have learned from the individual workgroups and spend one week learning how those practices are collectively used on the station’s marquee morning program "Good Day Seattle." Students will work the early morning hours with producers, directors, anchors, reporters, photographers, and other staff to see how the morning show is truly a 24/7 endeavor.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree during the length of the program.
  • Current class standing of Junior (third-year college student) or above.
  • Strong academic record (minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA).
  • Committed and available to work for the entire length of the program.
  • Access to own housing and transportation to/from the FOX 13 Seattle station.
  • Must be able to work on-site in Seattle, WA.

Standing Out as a Top Candidate

Successful students will have:

  • Knowledge of current FOX 13 Seattle programming and talent.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when interfacing with talent and executives.
  • Knowledge of software applicable to your areas of interest.For example: Production – Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, iNews, Avid, FinalCut Pro
  • For example: Production – Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, iNews, Avid, FinalCut Pro
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Self-starter attitude and team player.
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Additional Information

  • Academic internships do not necessarily lead to future employment with FOX 13 Seattle.
  • Students accepted into the FOX 13 Academic Internship Program are required to provide a copy of an unofficial transcript or letter from the adviser/registrar showing proof of enrollment and GPA.

To Apply

  • Download and complete the Academic Internship Application.
  • E-mail the completed application, your resume, and a cover letter explaining why your background and experience make you a good fit for the program to