Africa Learning Channel Satellite Programming Transition Intern

Submitted by jay4our on January 4, 2008 - 3:12pm.

Immediate Exciting Satellite Programming Opportunity - Internship to Transition Africa Learning Channel

Background: First Voice International (FVI) is a Silver Spring based non-profit international development organization striving for a world of information affluence for all, in which there is the means for local voices to be heard, regardless of location, education, or wealth. To this end, FVI integrates a variety of appropriate information communication technologies to facilitate the sharing of practical information amongst underserved communities. Endowed with 5% of the WorldSpace Corporation satellite network covering Africa and Asia, FVI delivers information to remote populations using cost-effective and locally-maintainable systems. FVI utilizes its satellite capacity to broadcast both audio programming and computer-based data to its target areas and includes a variety of other technologies such as AM/FM radio, Internet, and mobile phones to maximize reach and impact.

Scope of Work: Intern will provide support to help in transitioning FVI’s Africa Learning Channel (ALC). Duties will include helping to transition channel content to two servers being sent to London, ripping and uploading content, training on DRS2006 software, programming, log maintenance, emergency support and updates to FVI.

The intern will be involved in the following activities starting immediately.

1. Receive training on DRS2006 software

2. General Labor
- Rip and upload FVI content to server to be sent to London.
- Uploading new content through PC Anywhere, or relevant remote software program, to DRS2006 playout software once servers are in London

3. Programming/Maintenance
- Programming and scheduling ALC content with DRS 2006
- Responding to and correcting channel errors in an expedient manner. This may include re-ingesting content, updating kill dates or fixing logs and should include an update email to the program manager to inform FVI of the problem and resolution.
- Deleting outdated logs.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related area of international relations or other related fields.
• Relevant work experience in radio programming or at least communication technology.
• Fluency in English required, and working knowledge of French a plus.
• Strong computer skills including all Microsoft Office applications; preferably also DRS 2006 & Dalet or other audio engineering tools a plus.
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Is flexible, and able to take direction and meet deadlines. Is a self-starter and self-motivated.
• Maintains high personal and professional standards.
• Experience in a small office environment a plus; team-oriented.
• Ability to work independently and with others to accomplish objectives.
• Experience with other international organizations also a plus.
• Must be either a US citizen or have a pre-existing permit to work in the United States

This is a short term unpaid internship based in Silver Spring, MD. Intern must live in the Washington D.C. area. University students welcome to apply and gain academic credit where applicable. Some stipend is possible based on early performance. Also, there are possibilities for the internship to evolve into a more formal arrangement based on performance and motivation.

Please send CVs and cover letters to jforauer@firstvoiceint.org. The position closes January 11th 2008.

Date: January 4th 2007