Broadcast Technology: Non-Production Engineering Internship ProgramSummer/Fall 2023

Summer/Fall 2023 Broadcast Technology (Non-Production) Engineering Internship Program

Engineering is the foundation of any radio or television broadcasting station. A responsive engineering team ensures that broadcasters stay “on the air” and connected to the communities they serve with vital information and entertainment. And today, broadcast engineering is far more than just maintaining a radiofrequency transmitter and studio. There are many computer systems and technical challenges involved with keeping any station “on the air” and available online, too.

The Indiana Broadcasters Association offers a 14-week Broadcast Technology Engineering Internship to provide a college student the opportunity to learn more about broadcast engineering.

A committee of the IBA Board of Directors will review all applications and select a winning internship student by March 1 2023, for the spring 2023 semester. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a current, full-time college student attending an IBA Member Indiana college or university;
  • Have an overall 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Application deadline is March 1, 2023.

Sample curriculum for the Broadcast Engineer

For Radio/Audio

Week 1: Paperwork, Staff Introductions, Expectations, Orientation to Station Facilities

Week 2: Audio Basics (Analog and Digital); Station Signal and Work Flow

Week 3: Studio Consoles, Equipment, and Audio Production

Week 4: Equipment Maintenance and Repair

Week 5: Networking Basics and Configuration; AoIP (If digital facility)

Week 6: Introduction to Automation, Traffic, Music Scheduling Systems

Week 7: Systems Integration and Configuration

Week 8: Remote Broadcasting (RPUs and Codecs)

Week 9: Studio-to-Transmitter Links (Wired and Wireless)

Week 10: Streaming Technology and Transmission Site Facilities

Week 11: AM/FM/HD Transmission Systems (including Transmitters)

Week 12: RF Antennas and Satellite Downlinks

Week 13: Student Choice and/or Additional Material

Week 14: Finish; Collect Materials for Portfolio; Exit Paperwork

For Television/Video

Week 1: Paperwork, Staff Introductions, Expectations, Station Orientation (Facilities and Signal Flow)

Week 2: Audio and Video Basics (Analog and Digital); Station Signal and Work Flow

Week 3: Master Control Room Technology; Editing and Camera Equipment; Studio Production and Lighting

Week 4: Introduction to Hub technology (if available); Equipment Maintenance and Repair

Week 5: Networking Basics and Configuration

Week 6: Introduction to Automation, Traffic, Newsroom Systems

Week 7: Systems Integration and Configuration; Graphics; Captioning

Week 8: ENG Technology; Field Equipment and Production

Week 9: Studio-Transmitter and Provider Links

Week 10: Transmission Site Facilities

Week 11: Digital Transmission Systems (including Transmitters)

Week 12: RF Antennas and Satellite Downlinks (Uplinks if Possible)

Week 13: Student Choice and/or Additional Materia

Week 14: Finish; Collect Materials for Portfolio; Exit Paperwork

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The application deadline is March 1, 2023

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