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The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 declared that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming…that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities." It is essential that public television stations strengthen their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their management, their governing boards and their workforce to better reflect the society we serve. Public television management believes that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce and organizations is a moral imperative that will also improve our programming, our business operations and our service to our communities. WCTE has a forty plus year history of serving the people of the Upper Cumberland and beyond as a full PBS member station. Join WCTE in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as we offer our better selves to each other and to the communities we serve.

Full or Part -time Positions

Full-time position

Station Manager for WCTE Central TN PBS

WCTE Central TN PBS seeks a skilled, energetic, mission-driven professional to serve as Station Manager. WCTE PBS is PBS’ best-known small, rural public television station. It has repeatedly demonstrated to the region, the nation, and the public media system as a whole the value that a PBS station can provide to a rural community. This position offers a unique opportunity to build on this legacy, broaden ties to the region’s increasingly diverse population, and reach new audiences by expanding digital offerings.

Full-time position

Project Manager for Tennessee At-home Learning/Datacasting Initiative

Tennessee PBS is seeking an experienced Project Manager to manage the design, planning, and implementation process of the At-home Learning Program and its new component, the Tennessee Datacasting Initiative. The Datacasting Initiative is a two-year program that will work with school districts across Tennessee, PBS member stations, and other partners to provide equitable learning opportunities to Tennessee communities by expanding access to K-12 learners who might not otherwise have access to online learning resources.

Interning at WCTE

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS offers internships* for college students throughout the year. Internships are specifically designed to provide training and experience for students interested in the various aspects of public broadcasting. Internships described below are, in general, the types of assignments that are available within each department.

Internships are offered to students of all colleges, universities, and trade schools. Recruiting is normally accomplished through the school internship or career services office, and on-campus through career and internship fairs. Students may also contact WCTE directly. WCTE will process applications and the supervisor from the department for which the student is applying will conduct interviews. Once accepted, students are assigned to work on a specific project or production for an academic semester.

*WCTE internships are unpaid, unless otherwise stated.

Internship Opportunities

WCTE has several internship openings for interested individuals, as part of our Talent Enhancement Program, that offers valuable experience in television production, business development, event planning and management, broadcast engineering, and informational technologies. We seek creative, motivated and energetic individuals, including students, from a variety of backgrounds to lend their effort and time. WCTE requires a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to effectively provide engaging, hands-on experience as part of the Talent Enhancement Program.

  • Internships offered are without payment, unless otherwise stated in their job description.
  • Internships follow a schedule similar to college semesters, beginning and ending around the same time of the year.
  • All Candidates MUST have a flexible schedule and provide own transportation.
  • Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • We select without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status, as stated in our Anti-Discrimination Policy.

Internship Applications

To apply, please complete the online internship application or download the Internship Application and email or mail the application. Each application will require three (3) documents to also be submitted: resume, cover letter (detailing your interest in WCTE), and (1) referral letter (preferably an academic mentor or teacher).

Applications and required documents should be emailed to Donna M. Matson, Director of Human Resources & Business Operations, at or mailed to the following address:

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS
c/o: Donna M. Matson
PO Box 2040
Cookeville TN 38502