WDIV Local 4′s internship program: How to apply

Each semester Local 4 offers internships in the newsroom. It’s a wonderful chance to learn the business from the inside by experiencing how a newsroom works in the nation’s 11th largest market. We believe News internships are a valuable supplement to your classroom experience.

Local 4 internships are more journalism-oriented than production-oriented. Interns work in news gathering, however, they are not able to do any hands-on work with equipment. Each intern will go out with a reporter a few times during a semester, but most of the time will be needed inside the newsroom.

The internships are paid positions.

Interns must have a note from their school that confirms they will receive credit for the internship, if accepted.

Here’s what we look for in interns:

  • A compelling interest in news.
  • An avid news watcher/listener
  • Strong journalism skills
  • Previous experience at college or commercial newspapers, radio and television
  • Enthusiasm, assertiveness and willingness to learn

The opportunities for NEWSROOM internships include:

ASSIGNMENT DESK: This is the nerve center of the newsroom. The desk keeps on top of breaking and continuing news stories, assigns and dispatches crews and reporters. Interns on the desk gather news for daily stories, screen incoming news stories for reporters, check in several times daily with police stations for news, watch/listen to other media outlets. If you want to learn how news judgments are made and be in the center of the action, this internship is for you.

SPORTS: This unit is responsible for the sports segment of each newscast. Interns watch sporting events – often multiple events at once – log plays and assist in selecting highlights, monitor sports wires and find file video. This internship is only for hard-core sports fans.

GOOD HEALTH: Work on production of nightly Good Health segments.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: This unit works on news series, documentaries, election coverage and other special events that are not daily breaking news stories. Interns here get an in-depth look at what it takes to develop and research a series. Most of the interns’ time is spent in research, follow-up of story ideas, phone interviewing, logging tapes and assisting a reporter or producer. If you’re a detail person, like to work in-depth on one subject and have good interviewing skills, this internship is for you.

CLICKONDETROIT.COM: This unit is responsible for website news service.

While we try to provide a positive learning experience there are some things Local 4 interns are NOT able to do:

  • No on-camera interviews.
  • Will not attend media parties or social events on behalf of Local 4
  • Not prepare a resume tape.

If you have any questions about an internship in the Local 4 News department, please contact:

  • James Jackson (313) 222-0500


As a condition of employment, GMG/WDIV requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the first day of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law, unless you qualify for a medical or religious accommodation, or as otherwise allowed by law.

Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening, investigative background check, employment/education verifications and reference checks.

GMG/WDIV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to complying with the requirements of federal law, GMG/WDIV will comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination.