University of Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont


Student must be available from the beginning of the semester to the end, about 15 weeks and willing to work from 75-125 hours.

Candidates must submit the following by e-mail or by U.S. Mail.
  1. a brief letter or email message identifying the internship you are interested in and the skills and traits you would bring to the experience (about 1-page). Why would you be good at this?
  2. a resume, including summary of work, volunteering, and significant interests
  3. a writing sample (3-5 pages) can be an excerpt from a longer document
  4. contact information for three references, including at least two from school or work
  5. 5. Identify if you would prefer to be paid or receive academic credit.

Send application materials to Richard Watts,

Video Internship: RETN

Real-world, hands-on experience.

Student interns work with professional staff in a fast-paced, professional environment developing, producing, editing and creating video content using the latest video equipment and editing technologies. RETN operates three 24-hour educational cable channels in northwestern Vermont, supports a comprehensive web site, and provides training, resources, and support for educators and other community members. In collaboration with the Center for Research on Vermont, RETN video interns produce, edit and design video content. See also

Internships are per semester and can either be for pay or academic credit. Students are expected to work 75-100 hours per semester for credits or funding.

Prerequisite for ALL Production Internships: Some basic knowledge of video production needed, and students with completed course work or academic concentrations in communications, journalism, education, media, English, technology or other related fields are preferred.

CRVT Shorts – Production Internship

Students work independently to produce short video interviews with Vermont researchers. The interviews focus on an aspect of the researcher's work.

Shorts should run about 90-120 seconds and include B-roll related to the researcher. There should be one story or narrative that the short is telling. This work requires selecting and interviewing the researcher (in consultation with Richard Watts), transcribing the interview, discussing the “story-line” then producing and editing it with appropriate B-roll. The Center pays $90 per finished short and they are published to our web site. Examples here


Overview of Basic Field Production Internship

  • Interns work with RETN production team to create programs with schools, colleges and local educational organizations.
  • Interns work on multiple-camera and single-camera field productions, as well as working on various aspects of preproduction (planning, logistics) and
  • postproduction (editing, dubbing).

General Learning Objectives of Production Internships

  • Learn basics of television production.
  • Work with professional production team for field and studio productions.
  • Improve technical skills with camera, composition, lighting & audio.
  • Make corrections and complete programs using nonlinear editing systems.
  • Learn all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production.

Production Internships may include:

CRVT Speaker Series - Field videography of events and creating edited highlight reels of 2 to three minutes.

>Music - Work writing original musical scores for TV credits, short form loops, 30-second, 1-minute, 2-minute, or other beds, using Soundtrack or other live or digital instrumentation. This work may include creating a signature song (music and/or lyrics) for RETN and may include working with local music libraries or musicians to record original music for production use.

>Graphics - Work creating graphic packages for existing RETN series and generic graphics templates for future shows as well as signature graphic design for RETN. This work may include work with community producers to customize their programs.

Prerequisite for ALL Production Internships: Some basic knowledge of video production needed, and students with completed course work or academic concentrations in communications, journalism, education, media, English, technology or other related fields are preferred.


Students will be expected to take initiative on video programs or a series to conduct research, develop contacts, plan shooting, oversee production, complete post-production and see the project(s) through to final presentation and cablecast.

Artist Collaboration - Work with local artists or musicians to showcase their work in short videos or a series. This work will entail significant organization, scheduling and collaboration.

Production Assistant - In this advanced internship offering a professional experience working in collaboration with television professionals and community experts, student works with RETN production and administrative personnel to develop specific production project(s) from start to finish.

Community Media Production - Work with a specific community organization within guidelines of RETN mission to create a series of TV programs showcasing that organization, its members, or events promoted by it. Student may propose an educational organizations to work with, or work with an existing RETN partner organization.

Prerequisites for ALL Advanced-Production Internships: Some experience in both television production and research is essential. General knowledge of process of television program development is important, and the ability to work independently and professionally with community contacts is critical. Academic background in communications, education, English or other appropriate areas preferred. Good writing and verbal skills, including telephone skills, are necessary.

Last modified November 03 2014 06:35 PM