Board of Trustees Internship

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WSKG Public Media has a Board of Trustees internship opportunity available for a student currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited two or four-year college. WSKG is an equal opportunity provider and strives to develop a richly diverse workplace.

WSKG’s educational services, community engagement initiatives, television stations, radio stations, and website combined reach over 600,000 people living in a 21-county area.  With a focus on both local and national news, arts, history, and youth content, WSKG is dedicated to the community it serves, and to the pursuit of innovation and excellence.  Find out more about WSKG in particular by visiting http://www.wskg.org and searching “local content report”.  Find out more about public broadcasting in general by visiting http://www.pbs.org/about/corporate-information/.

Description:

The WSKG Board of Trustees Intern Position is intended to introduce the student member to the process of board governance, non-profit budget construction, and general activities of a public media company. The appointment is intended to provide the student member with an experience that will enhance his/her career and help him or her develop leadership skills that could lead to later participation as a committee chair or a board member of a non-profit organization. It provides a unique networking opportunity with community leaders from around the Twin Tier area and also provides the student member with a strong voice that will reflect the concerns of his/her generation. It is important to note that the student member will be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. This internship is intended as a learning experience as all board members operate as unpaid volunteers.

Selection Process:

The appointment is a twelve (12) month commitment that begins in August and concludes at the end of July the following year. Members of the current Board of Trustees will review all applications and select the top three candidates. These candidates will then be asked to attend in-person interviews after which the final selection will be made. The ideal applicant should be self-motivated, independent, and have a strong interest in serving their local community and developing their leadership skills. The applicant must attend the bi-monthly WSKG board meetings, which are held in Vestal, New York.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Board Intern’s responsibilities will include the following activities:

  1. Attend all board meetings.
  2. Be informed about the organization’s mission, strategic plan, policies, and programs.
  3. Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  4. Make a serious commitment to participate actively in at least one committee of the intern’s choosing and offer to take on special assignments.
  5. Inform others about the organization.
  6. Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
  7. Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
  8. Understand the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  9. Participate in the selection of the next Board Intern.
  10. Write a Board Intern Perspective for the Trustees to review quarterly.

Desirable Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group;
  • Willingness to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment;
  • Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit’s development, and a sense of humor.

Application Process Requirements:

Application Deadline: March 16, 2017
Send all application materials to: jobs@WSKG.org

Required materials:

  • Statement of interest (including the school you attend and expected graduation date);
  • A letter of recommendation; and
  • 2-3 proposed topics for future “Board Intern Perspective” columns. The proposed column topics should augment the personal statement (see below) by demonstrating thoughtful and original suggestions.

Personal statement: While the personal statement should reflect the applicant’s personality and particular interests in public media, it should also discuss the applicant’s specific background, experience, interest and career goals.

WSKG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) organization and does not discriminate against applicants or interns because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable Federal or State law.

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