What is Teen Transmitters?

Teen Transmitters at the Paley Center for Media is a sixty-hour summer internship for rising tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students who attend New York City public high schools. The summer internship will last four weeks, meeting three times a week for five hours at a time (see full schedule below). What impact does media have on society? This is the essential question students will explore as a Teen Transmitters intern.

During the course of this program, interns will take a deep dive into media literacy and explore how the words, sounds, and images they encounter every day make an impression on them. In addition to studying the media landscape, interns will find out what it means to be a media maker. Industry professionals, museum curators, journalists, documentarians, and podcast producers will be invited to speak to the students about their career paths and act as mentors over the course of the program. For the culminating project, interns will produce an original podcast series about their relationship to media. Above all, interns will gain skills in public speaking, interviewing, research, writing, and audio production that are crucial for college and career readiness.

Special thanks to The Pinkerton Foundation for their generous support of this program.

Who is eligible to apply to Teen Transmitters?

The Teen Transmitters application is open to rising tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students who attend New York City public schools. All participants must present a valid employment certificate (NY State Working Papers) upon commencement of the program and must be able to work legally in the U.S. More information about NY State Working Papers can be found here:

What do I need to do to apply to Teen Transmitters?

In order to apply, please fill out all four parts of the Teen Transmitter application (found below) and submit it by April 16, 2018.

Will I be paid as a Teen Transmitters intern?

Yes, Teen Transmitters interns will be paid $13 per hour and reimbursed for travel expenses to and from the internship.

What is the Teen Transmitters timeline?

Pre-Internship Schedule:
April 16, 2018: Teen Transmitters application due
April 25, 2018: Finalist candidates are notified
May 5, 2018: Finalist candidates are interviewed at The Paley Center for Media (You must be available for an interview on this date.)
May 9, 2018: Accepted Teen Transmitters interns are notified
June 2, 2018: Teen Transmitters orientation (You must be available for the orientation on this date.)
Internship Schedule:
July 10, 11, 12: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm*
July 17, 18, 19: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm*
July 24, 25, 26: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm*
July 31, August 1, 2: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm*

*If you choose to apply, you must be available on these dates.

If you have any questions about Teen Transmitters that haven’t been answered by this application, please feel free to reach out to Caroline Quigley at