Internship opportunities growing in Spanish media
The Spanish media industry is continuously growing, and so are the opportunities for student journalists looking to snag an internship. However, finding the right internship can be tough for those who don’t know where to begin.
With an internship, students acquire the hands-on experience that most media companies require when hiring. Nowadays, students who have completed one or more internships in the media field are more likely to be hired before or shortly after graduation – sometimes by the company they interned with.
Students who wish to receive course credit have to start by meeting with their academic advisor to discuss their college or university internship requirements. As part of the process, having a strong, well-written cover letter and resume is extremely important when applying.
The top two Spanish media companies in the Houston area are Univision 45 and Telemundo Houston. Both offer great media internship opportunities with the purpose of enabling students to apply their knowledge gained in school and, more importantly, gain real-world experience.
Univision 45 offers unpaid internships in the news, production and community affairs departments. Univision’s internship program is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are attending a credited college or university at the time of their application and internship period. These are offered during all three semesters (spring, summer and fall). Throughout the spring and fall semesters, students will complete up to 20 hours per week for up to 4 months. For more information and to apply, visit their website at univision.houston.com under internships.
Telemundo Houston also offers unpaid internships for course credit to students who are pursuing careers in broadcast, news and sports. They provide hands-on experience working as an associate producer, news editor, and also working on the assignment desk. Students will have to work a minimum of 2 to 3 days per week for a complete semester; hours and days can vary depending on student availability and department needs. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to telemundocareers.com under internship programs.
For students interested in pursuing a career in the radio industry, Univision radio offers internships in their programming, production and promotions departments. The requirements and time commitments are the same as those for Univision 45. However, you may contact Univision radio’s EEO Officer, Patricia Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your application and cover letter to 5100 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77056.
Students who are interested in applying need to keep in mind that these opportunities are only available to students attending a credited college or university, and applications have to be submitted before the company’s deadline for the semester.