CBS Corporation 2018 Fall Internship- Digital Media, Editorial (Smithsonian Channel) in New York, New York

2018 Fall Internship- Digital Media, Editorial (Smithsonian Channel)

REF#: 31327

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Smithsonian Networks

JOB TYPE: Paid Intern




Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, America in Color, First Ladies Revealed, Polar Bear Town, The Lost Tapes, Amazing Monkeys, America’s Secret Space Heroes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Titanic’s Fatal Fire, The Obama Years: The Power of Words, Nightmare on Everest, Diana and the Paparazzi, Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye and Flying High with Phil Keoghan. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


The editorial internship will focus on writing and content strategy for a number of our digital platforms. The intern will learn the ways we at Smithsonian Channel get people to click, watch, and share our videos and use our apps and sites. Whether it's helping us refine the headline and SEO tricks we employ to make videos go viral on YouTube or brainstorming ideas for the next niche playlist that will shine on Roku, the intern will be required to think about the way they (and our audience) interacts with all kids of content on different platforms. They'll be involved in meetings that focus on everything from web design and user experience to interpreting and acting upon analytics to make smarter content decisions.

Projects the intern will be involved:

  • Writing and rethinking video and digital asset copy

  • Brainstorming new content ideas tied to premieres of all priorities

  • Learning how to report on analytics and draw conclusions from them that inform content strategy

  • Doing competitive analysis of competitor sites, videos, apps, and newsletters


  • Assist in scheduling for digital editorial platforms

  • Assist in QA of site, apps, and connect TV devices

  • Participate in all editorial brainstorming efforts

  • Write titles, descriptions, and keyword for out-of-date video clips

  • Misc. urgent task as they arise



  • Current undergraduate student (rising junior or above)

  • Interest in the Cable/Entertainment Industry

  • 2.5 GPA or above

  • Submission of cover letter- required

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Ability to work at least 20 hours/week from September- December

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Able to provide administrative suppose as needed


  • Strong writing skills

  • Social Media Skills

  • Photo editing/ photoshop skills

  • Familiarity with Google Products

  • Knowledge and understanding of digital marketing strategies

  • Cable television experience a plus

  • Active participation in extracurricular activities; clubs; and/or associations. Leadership positions while maintaining an above average GPA, a plus

  • Prior internship experience in a related field, a plus


  • Strong writing & communication skills

  • Familiarity with digital video and TV platforms


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled