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CBS News Internship Program

Are you interested in a college internship at CBS News?

The CBS News Internship Program offers exciting opportunities in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles for college students who are currently enrolled in a four-year university, have achieved junior status and are interested in pursuing a career in journalism or broadcasting.

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Where can I intern?

New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles

Do I get to choose my department?

You choose the city; department placement is at the sole discretion of the Director.

What are the duties?

Assignments are different each day and vary in each department. Interns can expect the following:

  • Learn fundamental news-gathering skills
  • Find, confirm and report news stories
  • Greet guests and prep them for on-air segments
  • Perform light clerical duties and assist producers and talent
  • Assist with all elements of production including logging tapes, coordinating scripts, researching stories, conducting preliminary  interviews, assisting in the field on video shoots, selecting footage

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What are the requirements?

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible; however, due to the limited number of positions, preference is given to those who are entering their senior year. Students majoring in journalism, broadcasting or communications are preferred; other majors will be considered. Participants must have a passion for news, excellent written and verbal communication abilities and a comprehensive knowledge of current events. A 3.0 GPA or above is recommended. Students must be able to meet the minimum time commitment: full-time during the summer; at least 20 hours a week in fall/spring. Recent graduates are not eligible for this program. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Is this a paid position? 

Yes, CBS News compensates each student an hourly wage. CBS News does not require students to receive college credit. Students are solely responsible for coordinating and meeting the credit requirements of their college/university. 

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When is the deadline? 

Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; the number of positions varies for each semester:

  • Fall | Semester applications open: June 1 - June 30
  • Spring | Semester applications open: Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
  • Summer | Semester applications open: Jan. 2 Feb. 28
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How do I apply?

Go to Careers at ViacomCBS, search 'CBS News Internship' and apply. 

Due to the high volume of applicants, the office cannot respond to application-status inquiries; complete application packets are reviewed and qualified students are contacted directly for a video or in-person interview, depending on applicant location.

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What are the departments?

"48 Hours" (N.Y.) A CBS News magazine that goes behind the headlines to investigate baffling crimes, heartless scams and compelling real-life dramas.

"60 Minutes" (N.Y.) A CBS News magazine with investigative reports and features focusing on people and events in the news and behind the headlines.

CBSN (N.Y. & D.C.) CBS News' 24/7 digital streaming news service. It's always on, always free, making CBS News' original, high-quality reporting available wherever and whenever you want to watch.

"CBS Mornings" (N.Y. & D.C.) One of three live national morning shows that reports on a variety of topics including general news, business, consumer affairs, entertainment, health and medical.

"CBS Evening News" (N.Y. & D.C.) A nightly broadcast that covers breaking news reports, features and interviews by CBS News correspondents covering events throughout the world.

"Face the Nation" (D.C.) A weekly broadcast that discusses current national affairs with the principal newsmakers of the week.

Investigative Unit (N.Y. & D.C.) The unit that produces hard-hitting, in-depth stories about government waste, homeland security, terrorism, crime, health insurance, medical fraud, etc.

National Desk (N.Y. & D.C.) This is the center for domestic newsgathering for all CBS News broadcasts.

News Marketing (N.Y.) The unit that produces on-air promotion for television, radio and print for all network news broadcasts.

Newspath (N.Y. & D.C.) The newsgathering and distribution unit that gathers footage, edits and redistributes video to affiliates about national and international news, weather, sports, health reports, business & consumer news.

Political Unit (D.C.) The unit that covers presidential campaigns for the network and produces and coordinates coverage across all broadcast and digital platforms.

Press Office (N.Y.) The department that handles publicity for all CBS News broadcasts.

Radio News (N.Y. & D.C.) The network radio station with hourly newscasts, instant coverage of breaking stories, special reports, updates, features, customized reports and newsfeed material for 500+ affiliates.

"CBS Sunday Morning" (N.Y.) A weekly broadcast reviewing events of the preceding week, covering the world of fine art, music, nature, sports, science and Americana.

Weekend News (N.Y. & D.C.) The weekend edition of the "CBS Evening News" broadcast. It features reports and interviews by CBS News correspondents covering events, trends and issues around the world.

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