Ten Coveted Jobs Requiring No Experience
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Dream Jobs and No Experience: Is it a Dream?
Yes Virginia, there is a job you can love doing without actually having done it before. There are jobs in national parks, health care, zoo keeping, newspapers, cruise lines, fashion, airlines, the NBA, the White House, finance, television, education, the record business, movies and oil fields. In lieu of experience--- natural abilities, personality, education, people skills and enthusiasm are just some of the assets prized by these industries when deciding to fill their open positions.
USA Today Summer Internships
Work with nationally recognized journalists at the nation’s largest circulation newspaper during semester-long fall, spring, and summer internships in the News, Money, Sports, Life, and Editorial Page sections and the summer-only Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR) internships. These unpaid internships which must be taken for academic credit, offer a $100 monthly transportation stipend.
Interns work in our state-of-the-art headquarters in Tysons Corner, Va. Free parking is available and a Fairfax Connector bus (Number 425), originating at the West Falls Church Metro Station, stops at the door. In addition, one internship per semester, reporting to both Life and Money sections is available at the newspaper’s New York City bureau.
MyYosemitePark.com Blogging Internship
Get real-life experience writing, blogging, and reporting on newsworthy, as well as interesting, topics related to Yosemite National Park and travel and adventure in the Yosemite National Park, and immediately surrounding areas. Intern will be expected to provide at least five blog posts per week that average 200 words each in length. In addition to the blog posts, the intern will provide approximately two additional content pieces per week. These could be articles for non-blog sections of the MyYosemitePark.com website, or one article plus one video, or a photo slide show, etc. Ideal candidate will be adept at chasing down and reporting on interesting or newsworthy topics for the blog, as well as securing photos that are free to use, to accompany most posts and articles. (via Flickr’s Creative Commons, etc.) Ideal candidate will also be expected to make short, quick, regular updates to the website’s corresponding Facebook fan page, which will automatically also update its Twitter profile. Although the blog itself is currently in development and not live, please see the website, MyYosemitePark.com
Abilities in journalism, writing, social networks, new media as well as an enthusiasm for Yosemite National Park, travel or adventure is preferred, but not required.
DOCUMENTARY FILM ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Award-winning documentary film director seeks Associate Producer to join the creative team to assist in completing latest film project, Summer Snapshot.First-hand experience on innovative, quality film project. Direct mentorship from established professional. Connections and network among other filmmaking professionals. Credit, copy of project. Ability to attend film festivals or special screenings.
NW Documentary is Oregon's only organization specializing in the art of documentary storytelling. Recognized by national and international awards, museums, art centers and film festivals, it has become Oregon's focal point for capturing and communicating the human experience through documentary storytelling. Its mission is to create significant documentaries, teach others to create documentaries, and to build community through the exhibition of original documentary works. The NW Documentary internship program is intended to provide opportunities to gain practical hands-on experience and industry skills as well as develop strong organizational and management skills.
Qualified candidate will be: Exceptional communicator. Fastidious organizer. Detail obsessive. Self-starter. Must excel at cold calls, managing event planning, and promoting projects. Computer literate and web savvy. Passionate. Creative. Smart. A genuine connection to summers, rivers, and the vision of the project would be appropriate.
Prospective interns should submit a cover letter of stated interest and qualifications, as well as a current resume with references. Letters of recommendation are encouraged. Please submit to: email@example.com 115 SW Ash, Suite 620 Portland, OR 97217 Salary/Wage: unpaid internship Status: Internship • Location: 115 SW Ash St. Portland, OR
I Left My Resume in San Francisco
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Public Relations Intern
The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau seeks motivated, organized interns for our dynamic Public Relations team. Internships are not paid, but students will receive a $575 stipend at the end of the internship. Our interns gain practical experience in their field while forging important connections in the industry through professional association luncheons and other networking opportunities. Internships are part-time, 16-20 hours per week for 8 weeks on average (hours and length of internship are highly flexible).
The PR intern will be responsible for writing press releases and other projects as assigned, including assisting domestic and international journalists with inquiries and fact checking, sorting media clippings for routing among Bureau staff and members, updating press kit materials as needed and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: · Must be able to write well under deadline pressure, paying attention to detail and accuracy. · Must have working knowledge of AP style. · Must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in journalism, public relations, or a related field. · Must have awareness of and interest in local, regional and global current events. · Must be familiar with San Francisco and the Bay Area. · Must be able to communicate well verbally and in written form. · Should have an interest in public relations as a potential career. · Should possess good clerical and organizational skills, including proficiency in computers (Internet research, MS Office, and able to learn new software). · Should enjoy working with people. Foreign language is a plus.
SFBayShop.com is a site with shopping information for 27 districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are looking for columnists for each of our shopping districts. The right person should be interested in fashion and shopping and the monthly assignment is to travel through the district (you can see all the districts posted on the site www.sfbayshop.com)and find out what is new on the street and write a column monthly with all the latest and greatest or what's hot now information. This can be about products in the shops or new shops or eateries. Each columnist will get a by-line and their photo at the top of the monthly column and we will keep an archive of all the months' columns available.
A student who is pursuing a writing career and has already taken some creative writing classes would be ideal. However if you just love fashion and shopping and have excellent grammatical skills and a colorful and descriptive writing ability, you could be considered. If you have a sample of your work or want to create a sample of what you would put in your column that would also be helpful.
How To Apply:
Please either email a resume and writing samples if you have them to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (510) 843-6685.
NBC News Associates Program
The News Associates program is a fast-track opportunity for people with the goal to learn news gathering and production skills. It is not designed to train people who wish to be on-air reporters.
What We Require
Highly motivated individuals
Commitment to Television News Production as a career
Bachelor's degree, along with demonstrated experience in journalism. Advanced degree in journalism is strongly preferred.
Solid writing skills
Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
Proven leadership skills
News Associates gain real-world experience honing research skills, developing news stories working in a news bureau, participating in field and studio show production, on the nightly news, a morning news program, or on a "magazine" program.
Each News Associate is assigned a mentor who is an experienced staff member. In addition, News Associates are invited to regular lunches with guest speakers such as the executive producers of "Today", "Nightly News" or " Dateline."
Over 75 percent of the News Associates who've completed the program have gone on to various producing positions with NBC News. Some are currently with "Dateline," "NBC Nightly News", "Today" or with MSNBC, CNBC, or our Burbank bureau.
The program runs twelve months and consists of several long-term assignments on a news program and/or a news bureau. Most Associates will be located in New York; Relocation expenses are not covered.
Fox Sports West Internships
This is the Southern California
region sports television station. We
are located in
Century City. Our programming consists of teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, L.A. Kings, Anaheim Mighty ducks, L.A. Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, etc... and Pac-10 sports, as well as local programming. Our non-paying college credit/personal experience internship requires a minimum of 10 hours a week. Interns will be required to help the production/office staff and freelance producers with a variety of duties. Duties include logging tapes, basic editing, research and chances for on sight game-time production. Candidates must have knowledge of sports, computer skills and a good attitude.
apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Cara Frieden, fax (310)286-3812 or e-mail email@example.com
Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS
Desk Assistants - Online
A desk assistant is needed to help with the daily production of the NewsHour's Web site, The Online NewsHour. This entry-level position is located in Arlington, VA. We are looking for a sharp individual with editorial skills who is looking to gain experience in online news production and online news writing.
- Organizing and distributing show transcripts and viewer mail
- Encoding transcripts into HTML
- Updating Web site indexes
- Digitizing audio
- Assisting the editorial and production staff with special projects
Computer skills required. Web production skills desired; however, training will be provided.
Fax your application to: The Online NewsHour Fax: 703.820.6266
Los Angeles Magazine
Intern would fact-check articles, conduct research, and submit story
ideas with the possibility of writing for the magazine.
At least a junior with English, communications, or journalism major.
Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples:
Los Angeles Magazine
5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th floor
Los Angeles , CA 90036 or get further information here.
KCET-TV Public Television Internships
KCET's internships are unpaid and are for academic credit only. Opportunities for students to gain experience in the professional working world of Public Television (KCET) currently exist in the News & Public Affairs, Fundraising, Marketing, Information Technology, and Volunteers departments. Applicants must be enrolled in a 4-year accredited college or university and must be able to provide KCET with "proof of credit" or an authorization verification from their college.
A cover letter, resume, and the names of one professional and
one school reference are required. Click on this link for more information about KCET Public Television Internships.