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January 14, 2015
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jessica Rustad
(402) 472-8607, jkinser@netad.unl.edu


Vision Maker Media to Pair College Interns with Public Television Stations
Station Deadline to Apply is Tues., Feb. 3 | Student Deadline to Apply is Tues., Mar. 24

Lincoln, Neb: Vision Maker Media is looking to partner American Indian and Alaska Native college students with Public Television stations to offer multiple summer or fall internships. From all submissions, Vision Maker Media will select top student applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework for these 10-week, paid internships. 

Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media's offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb., or at a Public Television station in the U.S. Stations that would like to be considered for hosting a Public Media intern must apply online at www.visionmakermedia.org/station-intern by Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Up to ten Public Television stations will be selected to host an intern. An award of $5,000 to the station will be used to provide payment to the intern, cover any travel expenses, and administrative fees.

Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) commented, "Providing experience for Native students in the media is vitally important to ensure that we can continue a strong tradition of digital storytelling. We are grateful for the support of local PBS stations in helping us achieve this goal."

Students interested in applying for this internship opportunity must apply online at www.visionmakermedia.org/intern by Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The application process requires submission of a cover letter, resume, work samples, an official school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or former supervisor. Top applicants will be notified in late April 2015 with the internships spanning between May 1 and December 18, 2015.

During each 10-week internship, at least two short-form videos on local Native American or Alaska Native people, events, or issues for on-air or online distribution should be completed.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of this paid summer internship is to increase the journalism and production skills for the selected college student. One of the major goals of the internship will be to increase the quantity and quality of multimedia reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets.

Stations are encouraged to work with area schools in recruitment of student applications. For more information and to apply, visit www.visionmakermedia.org/station-intern. Questions? Contact Rachel Danay at 402-472-8682 or email visionmaker@unl.edu.

Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world by advancing media that represents the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media is your premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment, internships, and fellowships. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org.

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