Community Engagement and Special Events Intern, WGBY, Amherst/Springfield, MA


WGBY is a community-supported PBS member station, connecting the diverse people of the western New England region. WGBY educates, entertains, enriches, and improves the neighborhoods that make up our community.

WGBY works to inform and engage members of the local community through its work on air, online, and in the community. It offers four TV services — WGBY HD, WGBY World, WGBY Create, and WGBY Kids. WGBY’s broadcast services offer a mix of national fare and locally originated content designed to serve the specific needs and interests of New England-area viewers.

The Web services offered through and affiliated subdomain and social media properties enable program streaming, news updates, and a wide range of program and community resources. E-mail and texting outreach offer additional media channels. WGBY strives to take an active role in the community by conceiving of, planning and executing, and participating in a wide range of initiatives. Many of these efforts require personal representation while others require support and planning services, volunteer organization, materials/resources, or intellectual leadership/guidance.

WGBY’s Community Relations and Events Department looks to deepen the impact of  WGBY  and PBS’s  programming, initiatives and resources and contribute to WGBY’s support.  We works closely with local Cultural, Community, Government and Business partners to produce large scale events expanding the WGBY Brand experience.


Want to help make our Masterpiece Ball, PBS KIDS comic-con inspired Fan Day, Food and Wine Lovers Weekend, Asparagus Festival or new events successful, gain skills and support WGBY? 

The Community Engagement and Special Event Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in fundraising and community engagement event planning and management in a professional work environment during a 12-week internship with WGBY57 Public Television for Western New England.

Reporting to Director of Community Engagement and Special Events, the Special Events Intern is responsible for tasks directly related to WGBY57’s Community Engagement and Special Events.

The Special Events Intern will assist with such areas as event planning, outreach, data management, gift solicitation, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.


  • Interest in fundraising, events, media, and public broadcasting mission
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness and ability to work well with others
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (graphics skills a plus)
  • Polished written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the community
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

WGBY57's Community Events support WGBY57’s mission to connect the people of our western New England to ideas, events and one another.  

PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT:  By semester or year/flexible

PAY TYPE: Unpaid


JOB STATUS: Part time/flexible as to time frame, internship can be general or event specific, will work with interns to work remotely when possible.

LOCATION: WGBY studios in Springfield, but can be structured for remote work



CONTACT: Marie Waechter, WGBY Director of Community Relations and Events

HOW TO APPLY: Email Marie Waechter at with cover letter and resume.