Iowa PBS’s High School Mentorship Program

To broaden opportunities for minority and/or female students, Iowa PBS is offering a television production mentorship program for summer 2020.

The unpaid mentorship program will give two students the opportunity to observe and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of media journalism including videography, lighting, set design, editing, graphic design, web production and storytelling. Each student will shadow and assist Iowa PBS personnel during the process of creating broadcast and online content.

Iowa PBS’s High School Mentorship Program begins June 8, 2020 and runs through August 6, 2020. Students will have the opportunity to work with Iowa PBS staff during the production of any number of the following television programs:

  • Iowa Girls High School Sports
  • ​Iowa Ingredient
  • Market to Market
  • Iowa Press

Interested applicants should (1) complete an Iowa PBS Application and Applicant Survey (PDF, 483 KB), (2) provide a letter of support from a school advisor or community leader, and (3) write a one-page summary about themselves that describes their interest in television production and outlines their qualifications to be part of Iowa PBS’s statewide network team.


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Applicants must have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year.
  • Applicants must provide a Certificate of Age issued by a school official or Iowa Workforce Development Center.


Materials should be submitted by May 8, 2020 to:

Karen Schaeffer
Iowa PBS
PO Box 6450
Johnston, Iowa 50131


Applicants will be notified after May 22, 2020.

Iowa PBS will follow appropriate social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of the mentorship.