“Committed to Excellence in Broadcasting and Education”
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNSHIP
NOTE: Deadline- all applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of
Sunbelt Communications Company recognizes the value of student internships and
encourages qualified candidates to earn course credits at their respective academic
institutions through participation in the Sunbelt Communications Company internship
program. The parties to the internship program are:
The Internship Coordinator/Advisor - a member of the faculty or staff of the academic
institution who oversees and manages the entire internship program on behalf of the
institution on an ongoing basis.
Sunbelt Communications Company - the sponsoring company which is described at
length hereafter and referred to as (“Sunbelt”).
The Student - the participant and focus of the internship.
The Intern Sponsor - an employee of Sunbelt who will directly supervise the internship
and work with the student.
The Intern Advisor, the student and Sunbelt must work as a team in making the internship
of maximum benefit to the student in the learning process. The student is the focus of the
program: it is the students who should derive the most from the experience of working
under actual conditions in the many facets of the contemporary communications industry.
It is the student's responsibility to indicate the desire to participate in this program with
the Internship Coordinator at the academic institution. Registration for credits must be
initiated by the student through the school registration process, as applicable at the
student's particular educational institution.
Interested prospective interns should be sure to read all of the attached information before
deciding with the Internship Coordinator at their educational institution to pursue a
Sunbelt internship. If the student is accepted into the program, the individual internship
will be structured to meet that student's needs.
There are two basic types of internships offered: (1) a goal-oriented internship in which
the development to completion of a thesis type project is the final product of the
internship; or (2) a generalized hands-on work experience oriented internship similar to
the student teaching experience mandatory in education curriculum. Either type of
internship should be proposed originally by the student, defined and refined by the
student in conjunction with the students Intern Sponsor at Sunbelt, and the Internship
Coordinator/Advisor at the school and finally approved.
The goal of each internship is to make it a meaningful experience to the student. We
believe that utilized to its maximum potential, an internship will be the most rewarding
experience of the student's entire college career.
SUNBELT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
Sunbelt Communications Company owns Valley Broadcasting Company, Yuma
Broadcasting Company, Sierra Broadcasting Company, Oregon Trail Broadcasting
Company, Ruby Mountain Broadcasting Company, Beartooth Communications
Company and Bozeman Trail Communications Company. In turn, each of these
companies own and operate a television station.
VALLEY BROADCASTING COMPANY operates KVBC-TV, Channel 3, located at
1500 Foremaster Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada. KVBC went on the air with Valley
Broadcasting Company as its owner on October 1, 1979. At the time it was fourth in the
market in terms of news and number of viewers. Within a year, the new ownership of
KVBC had built and moved into a new television studio facility, relocated the tower and
transmitter from the Las Vegas valley floor to the top of Black Mountain, and stopped the
progressive deterioration for the Channel 3, market position. Today, KVBC is #1 in the
Las Vegas market and the 48th largest market in the United States in terms of population.
KVBC boasts state-of-the-art equipment including a fully automated digital broadcast
facility and the most modern in marketing and sales equipment. The station is highly
computerized, allowing each department within the station to remain competitive within
its industry. KVBC staffs approximately 200 employees.
As the fastest growing market in the U.S., economically strong, and driven by tourism
and construction, Las Vegas offers visitors and residents an outstanding array of
recreational opportunities. From water sports at Lake Mead to skiing at Mount Charleston
to golf at any one of the area's 30+ golf courses, it's a sure bet locals and visitors expand
their lifestyles beyond the glitz and glitter. Business leaders in Las Vegas are committed
to economic diversification and work constantly to bring new manufacturing, distribution
and research and development to Southern Nevada. This, plus a favorable tax structure
make a positive impact on the employment picture.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas enrolls 29,000+ students in any of 120
undergraduate, masters or doctoral degree programs. Many of its programs, like the
College of Hotel Administration, are recognized as the finest in the nation. The
Community College of Southern Nevada offers 3,000 classes and sections in district
campuses and through outreach programs. Student enrollment there exceeds 35,000.
YUMA BROADCASTING COMPANY operates KYMA-TV, Channel 11, located in a
hyphenated market of Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California, the country’s 170th market,
reaching approximately 80,000 households. This station, built by Sunbelt
Communications Company from the ground up, as a first class small market facility,
signed on the air on January 22, 1988 as the newest ABC affiliate. On February 1, 1991,
KYMA changed affiliations to NBC.
KYMA was first station in its market to produce an early and late newscast, seven days a
week and employs approximately 60 employees. This station has grown to house two
facilities – one in Yuma, Arizona located at 1385 South Pacific Avenue and the other in
El Centro, California located at 770 West Main Street. KYMA provides employees the
opportunity to learn virtually every phase in the broadcasting field by nurturing skills and
affording them an opportunity to advance to one of Sunbelt’s sister stations.
With its excellent weather and recreational opportunities from September through the
first half of April, Yuma attract thousands of snowbirds. Yuma and the surrounding area
offer a family-oriented lifestyle, and a winter population. Winter visitors are staying
longer and spending more each year; they come in two types (1) those who rent and stay
an average of 5-1/2 months and (2) those who own where they stay, averaging a 7-month
residency, either in homes or owned RV spaces.
SIERRA BROADCASTING COMPANY operates KRNV-TV, Channel 4, located at
1790 Vassar Street, Reno, Nevada. KRNV went on the air with Sierra Broadcasting after
Sunbelt’s acquisition of the station on October 31, 1989; prior to which the station had
been knows as KCRL-TV for some 25 years. The building was in disrepair, the
equipment almost antique, and the ratings were a very poor 3rd in the market.
Sunbelt has turned KRNV into a state-of-the-art facility with a staff of approximately 90
employees and ratings at #1. The station occupies the 112th market size in the United
The Reno station is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range
and draws some nine million visitors a year to its 24-hour city. Strategically located for
manufacturing, distribution, tourism, business and more, Reno is a thriving community
with affordable housing, quality educational facilities and diverse employment. Reno
offers the best of small town and big city life at once. It's a place of culture, with an opera
company, philharmonic, ballet and chamber orchestra, a place of history and a place of
recreational opportunities. KRNV-TV provides coverage of annual community events
including “Hot August Nights”, hot air balloon festivals, and the Reno Rodeo. The
National Bowling Stadium has been a tremendous boon, bringing in over 250,000 tourists
alone. Proximity to Lake Tahoe adds to the potential of visitor volume, as well.
More than 16,000 students attend the University of Nevada, Reno and 12,000 are enrolled
at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno is also proud to be the birthplace of the
University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.
OREGON TRAIL BROADCASTING COMPANY operates KPVI-TV, Channel 6,
located at 902 East Sherman Street, Pocatello, Idaho. KPVI was acquired on November
17, 1995 as an ABC affiliate. On January 22, 1996, KPVI changed affiliations to NBC.
KPVI's facilities moved into a new television studio in June 1996. Presently, KPVI is
ranked 163rd in market size and employs approximately 75 employees. KPVI has an
additional facility in Idaho Falls located at 956 Lincoln Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho and
Pocatello, Idaho that has a sales and editing office. The state of Idaho is nicknamed the
“Gem State” because gold was discovered on the Clearwater River in 1860. Pocatello’s
largest employer is the Idaho State University with approximately 14,000 students. Its
chief industries are manufacturing, mining, transportation, agriculture, nuclear research,
and tourism. Pocatello’s cost of living is below the national average, making it an ideal
destination for families.
RUBY MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING COMPANY operates KENV-TV, Channel
10, located at 1025 Chilton Circle, Elko, Nevada. KENV is a satellite station of KRNV,
Channel 4 in Reno, Nevada. KENV went on air on March 27, 1997 and has 5 employees
to coordinate news simulcasts from KRNV. KENV inserts local community news for its
residents and visitors in their area. KENV is Great Basin's own LOCAL television
station. NBC news and programming, plus local news inserts add to the power of the
medium and the credibility of your message...Elko and KENV, a winning combination!
BEARTOOTH COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY operates KTVH-TV, Channel 12,
located at 100 West Lyndale Avenue, Helena, Montana and KBGF-TV, Channel 50,
Great Falls, Montana. KTVH was acquired on July 9, 1997. In August of 1998, KTVH
moved into a new television studio facility that is twice the size of its original. Today,
KTVH is #1 in its market and the 206th largest market in the United States in terms of
Helena, the state capital of Montana, ranks below the national average on a cost-of-living
survey of 298 U.S. cities. Residents enjoy performing arts from the Helena Symphony
and Chorale, live Community Theater, jazz, rock and blues concerts, and a bluegrass
festival. With tourism as the state's second largest industry, that category employs over
1/4 of the workforce in Helena and surrounding Broadwater and Jefferson Counties.
Those tourists spend money-taking advantage of the area's recreational facilities, like
camping, skiing, boating and visiting area attractions.
BOZEMAN TRAIL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY operates KCWY-TV,
Channel 13, located at 141 Progress Circle, Mills, Wyoming. KCWY was granted their
operating license on November 2, 2002 and in November of 2003 officially became part
of Sunbelt Communications Company. Today, KCWY is #1 in its market and the 198th
largest market in the United States in terms of population.
Located in the heart of Wyoming, the city of Casper is rich in Western history, arts,
entertainment, and some of the West's finest outdoor recreation. From mountains to
desert, to the famous North Platte River, Casper, Wyoming and Natrona County offer the
perfect combination of history, culture and recreation. Museums, concerts, Broadway
shows, as well as professional sports, outdoor recreation and plentiful lodging and dining
opportunities all make Casper the perfect family destination.
Each of these television stations, KVBC, KYMA, KRNV, KPVI, KENV, KTVH and
KCWY is a commercial television station. Each television station has its own news
department and produces local news. An internship will be designed on an individual
basis by the intern and the Intern Sponsor to meet that interns needs, interests and
capabilities; internships may involve any one or combination of more than one of these
departments. Each station varies on the number of departments contingent on needs. A
brief description of each department follows:
General and Administrative Department:
General Manager and Administrative Responsibilities
Station Runner Duties
Corporate- Sunbelt Communications:
Accounting – AR/AP
Corporate Business Operations
Creative Services & Programming Department:
Station Promotions - All on air station promotion is produced by Creative
Services. This includes news promotion, program promotion, and station print and
Field Production and Off-line Editing - The Creative Services department
works with commercial clients to shoot and edit their commercials as well as field
producing events and performing multi-camera remote shoots.
Art Department - This department within a department deals with not only
station projects, but also produces client logo and design work. Printing, signs,
banners, logos, props and set designs are some of the areas that the Creative
Services Art department deals with.
PSA Production - It is the responsibility of Creative Services to write, produce,
shoot, and edit Public Service Announcements.
Special Projects - Creative Services also handles a variety of different
responsibilities for special projects as needed.
Establishing and maintaining the integrity of the broadcaster's only product - the
signal delivered to the viewer's receiver.
Maintenance and operation of all pieces of equipment utilized in processing of the
visual and aural signals.
The Engineering department interfaces with all the other departments to ensure
that their needs and requirements are met.
We do not accept interns under the age of 18 for the News Department
News Department interns are not allowed to travel in a company vehicle,
attend an off-site news story, or assist a reporter or photographer off
company property prior to submitting a completed release form.
The News department produces daily top-rated newscasts Monday through
Friday, and on weekends.
Editing and writing for newscasts, including but not limited to news stories, news
cut-ins and promotional pieces.
Photography in and out of the studio setting. The news department has field
photographers that work out on location and in and around the news department.
Producers are a key part to the operations of the news department. They ensure
that each newscast is run smoothly and that the on air talent are able to perform
their job duties without error.
This department provides directors, technical directors, audio technicians, camera
operators, floor directors, and character generator operators.
Additionally, Production provides producer/directors and technical crews for
commercial clients and a variety of other production projects.
Day-to-day job tasks within this department include operation and maintenance of
studios, control rooms, audio booths, and related equipment.
Revenue of the television station.
The department develops new advertising business and services and expands
existing business with the development of marketing plans for the station's clients.
Marketing plans involve researching the client’s needs and finding ways the
station can meet those needs through creative assistance, vendor and co-op
programs, and promotional campaigns.
Inputting commercials on the broadcast log. The department works closely with
sales to maximize utilization of inventory.
Wide Orbit and Sales Line are the computer systems utilized for input of sales
orders, commercial copy rotation, dated promotion, public service
announcements, schedule changes, and spot placement and/or separation.
Traffic also maintains a commercial tape library.
REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Deadline - All applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of
1. You must have completed such of the required courses for graduation as may be
prescribed by the educational institute and receiving school credit.
2. You must have a 3.0 or better GPA in the major and overall. Students who have a 2.5
to a 2.9 GPA may place their applications with the Internship Coordinator at their school
3. You must be a sophomore or higher standing (We do not accept interns under the
age of 18 for the News Department)
4. News Department interns are not allowed to travel in a company vehicle, attend an
off-site news story, or assist a reporter or photographer off company property prior to
completing a signed release form.
5. We must have a letter from your faculty advisor/internship coordinator confirming
your current status and internship.
6. You must complete the attached Internship Application, which will give us additional
information on your academic and vocational background.
7. You must review and be ready to participate in completion of the attached Internship
8. You must attach a current resume and references, if available and a copy of your
Once all of this information is completed, submit those materials to the Internship
Coordinator at your educational institution, who will forward them to the personnel
department of the station in which you are applying. Your application and curriculum
proposal will be directed to the appropriate department or departments within Sunbelt. A
potential Intern Sponsor will contact you to refine and define the specific curriculum for
your internship. Final candidates will be interviewed.
Once the final candidate is chosen, that candidate will meet again with their Intern
Sponsor and outline the activities and responsibilities of the projects they will be working
on and complete the Internship Curriculum sheet. This will ensure mutual agreement to
satisfy the needs of the students, Sunbelt and your educational institute.
At this meeting, you and the Intern Sponsor will determine a schedule as to when the
internship will begin and end, and the days and hours (not to exceed 40 hours per week)
that you will devote to the internship project.
In most cases, a weekly progress report will be completed by the intern and a copy
submitted to the Internship Coordinator/Advisor, at your educational institution as
evidence of work completed. At mid-term time, you and your Intern Sponsor will review
your original curriculum and goals and objectives, make any appropriate changes and
complete a written mid-term report and evaluation. At the end of the internship, your
Intern Sponsor will recommend a final grade and complete an evaluation form as to your
success or failure in your internship experience.
If your internship was a goal-oriented project type internship, your completion of your
project will replace, in whole or on part as designated, both the mid-term report and any
final report. In any case, however, your Intern Sponsor and you should complete weekly
progress reports during the course of your internship and your Intern Sponsor may
provide feedback throughout the internship.
Describe, in as much detail as possible your internship goals and objectives. This should
be a short essay of what you intend to accomplish by performing the internship. For
instance, if you are a marketing intern, your ultimate goal might be to present an original
marketing plan formulated by you to a new prospective category of clients that is not
presently advertising on television.