Press Skits Internship Program

Student Internship Program

Florida Capitol Press Corps’ Annual Press Skits


The Florida Capitol Press Corps is a diverse group of journalists who cover the seat of state government in Tallahassee. Each year, the Press Corps produces and stars in the Capitol Press Skits, which pokes fun at politicians to raise money for the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship Fund. Press Skits is a comedy variety show consisting of skits, videos and parody songs created and performed by these journalists. The Press Corps is looking to hire student interns to assist our adult amateur actors with this year’s production.

Interviews for select applicants will be held in the evening on Oct. 14. The positions available are:

  • Director ($1,000 stipend)
  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager ($500 stipend)
  • Videographer ($500 stipend)

Director and assistant director/stage manager stipends will be paid in two installments: half on Dec. 14, 2015, and the other half on Feb. 1, 2016, after successful completion of the show and wrap-up duties. Videographer will be paid half upon receipt of assigned videos and half after DVD of the Press Skits live recording is delivered.

Students chosen to participate in the internship program will assist with producing the Annual Press Skits, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 26, 2016. There will be roughly a dozen rehearsals and meetings from October through January, with time demands increasing closer to the show. Student interns are expected to attend all rehearsals unless absences are cleared with the Press Corps liaison and excused in advance. Multiple absences or dissatisfactory performance may result in dismissal from the internship program.


Director and Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Email a resume that includes work/experience in comedy or musical theater, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. The full job description is below.

Videographer: Email a resume that includes work/experience in video production and editing, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. In the body of your submission email, please include links to two examples of your work (Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.) with a description that outlines your involvement and whether you were responsible for videography, editing or both. The full job description is below.

Applications should be emailed to by Sept. 30.

Questions and comments about the internship program and application process can be emailed to the same address or by contacting Press Corps President Tia Mitchell at (850) 933-1321.




The director will help set the vision for Press Skits and assist with all aspects of the production, which includes scripted skits, musical numbers, pre-recorded videos and comedic messages on the big screens. The director will be required to attend mandatory rehearsals to assist actors with comedic timing, projection, stage presence, blocking, sound and lighting direction, and selecting costumes and props. The role of the director is to improve the entertainment value of Press Skits by applying their theater knowledge and leadership skills. The night of the show, the director in conjunction with the assistant director/stage manager will ensure the production runs smoothly and efficiently. Prior experience in theater direction required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.


The assistant director’s job is to assist the director with all tasks in setting the vision and improving the production value of Press Skits. In addition, the assistant director/stage manager would be the main liaison between the director and the actors on the night of the production. The assistant manager would also coordinate with the professional staff at the venue, including sound, lighting and set crews. Prior experience in theater production is required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.


The videographer will be responsible for filming and editing from two to four short comedic videos prior to the night of productions, as well as recording video of the full live production. The videographer will coordinate with the director and assistant director in providing direction to actors and performers. In addition, the videographer will ensure proper lighting, sound quality and video quality is achieved for a professional work product suitable for large screens at the venue. Videographer will coordinate with actors, director and assistant director to identify times and locations for filming and ensure that appropriate time is allocated for editing and re-shoots as needed. Must have access to all necessary equipment. Proof of work product required, and experience in comedy productions preferred.



Barbara Frye Scholarship Applications now open for 2015

NOTE: The application window for 2015 scholarships is now closed. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

The Florida Capitol Press Corps is pleased to announce that the applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Barbara Frye Scholarship. Applications are due Sept. 15,2015.

Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for a $2,000 award each year. Applicants must be attending or expecting to attend a Florida college or university OR be a graduate or prospective graduate of a Florida high school who is attending or expecting to attend a college inside or outside of Florida. Applicants must be either graduating high school seniors (class of 2015-2016) or full-time college students working toward an undergraduate degree. Applicants don’t have to be majoring in journalism but they must have an expressed interest in a career in journalism.

A $2,000 award granted on the basis of merit, dedication to a journalism career and demonstrated aptitude for print, broadcast or online journalism. An applicant’s racial minority or financial need may be considered by the selection committee, but these are not requirements for a scholarship.

Application includes essay questions, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or professional journalist, an updated resume and three examples of your work. Applications must be e-mailed to: Download the application form and instructions here. (Dropbox login not required. Download will prompt automatically after a few seconds.)

The deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is September 15, 2015. Awards will be announced in December. Previous winners and applicants may reapply for additional support.

The scholarship fund was established by the Capital Press Club of Florida, Inc., in 1982 as a memorial to Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. The scholarship is aimed at improving the depth, breadth and accuracy of reporting by inspiring talented young people to pursue careers in journalism.

Fill out the application form OR copy and paste it to create your own form that includes all of the information requested. (Dropbox login not required. Download will prompt automatically after a few seconds.) The application includes two open-ended questions, one of which is an essay of 300-500 words describing your experience in journalism, what kind of journalist you aspire to be and why and how this scholarship would help. You should also include your resume and three samples of your work, either by including them in the application OR as PDF attachments. The letter of recommendation should also be attached to the application submission so that everything is received in a single email.