CBS News Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

3rd Annual CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for College Students with Disabilities

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Dear Colleagues:

Please disseminate this announcement widely to your academic and community networks — thanks!

For three years, CBS News in collaboration with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Initiative and DisBeat, has expanded its paid internship program to include outreach to college juniors, seniors and graduate students with disabilities for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Recent graduates are not eligible.

Thanks for sharing this announcement for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Applications are due by 5 pm ET on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Applicants with insight into the lived experiences of disability are strongly encouraged to apply for the Spring 2018 Internship Program that runs from January 8 — May 11, 2018.

The CBS News Internship Program is designed for college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism, broadcasting or communications. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible. Students majoring in journalism, broadcasting or communications are preferred, but those majoring in marketing, advertising, public relations, English, history, international studies and political science are welcome to apply and will be considered.

Placement possibilities include The Evening News, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS This Morning, Sunday Morning, National Desk, Newspath, Radio News, Press Office, Weekend News, News Marketing, Investigative Unit and Broadcast Marketing. The location is New York City.

Participants must have good computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities and knowledge of current events. A 3.0 GPA or above is recommended. Interns are expected to work 16 hours/week and adhere to a professional code of ethics. Assignments vary day-to-day. Interns can expect to Learn fundamental newsgathering skills, find, confirm and report news stories, log tapes, coordinate script, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist during shoots, select footage, perform light clerical duties and assist staff members. Duties vary in each department.

This is a paid internship. CBS News does not require students to receive college credit. Students are solely responsible for coordinating and meeting credit requirements of their college/university.

Please complete an application including requests for accommodations/ productivity tools, and 250-word essay, “How my personal experience with a disability will enrich this internship experience.” A panel of media professionals with disabilities and allies determine top finalists with the selected intern decided by CBS News.

Kindly e-mail:

1) Application Form;

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FORM TO YOUR COMPUTER BY SELECTING “EDIT IN WORD” OR “SAVE AS” AND “DOWNLOAD A COPY” BEFORE COMPLETING! (THIS WILL PREVENT YOU FROM SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION VIA MS WORD ONLINE.)

2) Two letters of recommendation;

3) Transcripts (can be unofficial); and

4) 250-word essay in MS Word document format to:

Tari Hartman Squire at Tari@EINSOFcommunications.com with “2018 CBS News Internship” in subject line.

Deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

Thank you!

Mentors from the LCA2.0 October 2016 event at John Jay College in New York City.

About Lights! Camera! Access 2.0: Media has the power to shatter myths about 59 million Americans with disabilities. LCA2.0 was created by Tari Hartman Squire (EIN SOF Communications) and Loreen Arbus (The Loreen Arbus Foundation) to:

  • Increase disability employment of people with disabilities in front of/behind the camera
  • Improve disability portrayals
  • Enhance access to media with captions and audio descriptions

Thank you from all of us in the Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Collaborative: EIN SOF Communications, Loreen Arbus Foundation, CUNY, CUNY Coalition of Students with Disabilities, CUNY LEADS, Deaf Film Camp, California Department of Rehabilitation, DisBeat, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, Gallaudet University, Inclusion Films Workshop, Meet the Biz, National Disability Mentoring Coalition, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, NY Women in Film & Television, PolicyWorks, SIGNmation and Westside Center for Independent Living.

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About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition: The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s objectives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. Learn more about the NDMC, review its Membership, and visit the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame at www.disabilitymentors.org. You can also follow NDMC on Twitter or email us at dshields@forwardworks.net.


This #DisabilityMentors publication is a space for individuals to share stories and testimonials to elevate the importance of establishing a national disability mentoring policy and increase funding to enable more mentors to raise expectations, build confidence and positively impact youth and adults with disabilities.

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