About Volunteering

Volunteering at C-NET is a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and refine existing ones. Production volunteers get hands-on experience in single and multi-camera video production, with the opportunity to learn digital editing techniques.  Volunteers play a vital role in the success of our network and provide a valuable service to the local community.


Anyone with an interest in serving the community is welcome to join us!  Just call us at 238-5031 or e-mail us at cnet@centreconnect.org for more information.  You can also visit our office at 243 South Allen Street, Suite 336 in State College, to pick up an application.

No experience is necessary!  Your completed application will let us know when you are available so we can set up a training schedule.  Once you turn in the application, a member of our staff will contact you and set up a series of training sessions.

Production Volunteers

Production volunteering at C-NET is a multi-stage process. After completing the training stage, you will have the opportunity to advance through our two additional levels of volunteering.

Level 1 – Training

During the training period, you will become familiar with camera and audio equipment, its set-up, and operation. This will be accomplished through both a formal training session and on-the-job training.

Level 2 – Production

Once you have gained the ability to set-up equipment without staff assistance, and have increased your skill level in operating the equipment to a level deemed necessary by the staff, you will be promoted to the level of Production Volunteer. At this level, you will continue to increase your skill level, and also assist in the training of new volunteers. 

Level 3 - Advanced Production

As your skill level continues to increase and you acquire troubleshooting skills, you will be promoted to the level of Volunteer Producer. At this level, the staff feels confident in your ability to lead your own crew on a shoot. It is at this point you will also be given the opportunity to edit programs. 

Internships/Volunteering for Credit

Penn State students enrolled in the College of Communications have been approved to receive up to three internship credits for their volunteer hours at C-NET. If you are interested in volunteering for credit, you should follow the regular internship procedures as outlined by the college. Each credit requires 67 hours of work that is to be completed throughout the semester. Interns use a sign in sheet to keep track of their hours.

Note of Thanks and Appreciation

In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience, you are donating your time to provide a great service to our organization and in-part helping to enhance communication channels in Centre County. You are helping to provide local residents with access to local government and school board proceedings, a variety of community events and sports, and much more. On behalf of C-NET and the community, we sincerely thank you.