Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Oprah, Making Beyoncé, as well as Motive, our latest true crime podcast.
WBEZ has an opportunity for a reporting internship in our news room. Under the direct mentorship of our News Editors and reporters, our interns gain hands on reporting experience covering the important news off the day to an audience of 500,000 listeners in the Chicago Metro Area. During your time with us, you will file news items for our local newscasts and our website. You will also attend press conferences and cover breaking news events. At the end of your internship, you will have gained skills in audio editing and broadcast news writing, to report a longer form news feature(s) that will broadcast on air and online.
Extra consideration will be given to applicants currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from a journalism program. Potential interns should have some prior exposure to reporting, either through previous internships or student media. Prior exposure to radio journalism is helpful but not required, print majors are welcome. Interest and knowledge of Chicago politics and events are a plus.
Application Deadline is: Friday April 3, 2020
- The internship will start June 22, 2020 and last through December 11, 2020.
- This is a paid internship, $14.00 an hour.
- Internship hours are part-time, 24 hours a week during daytime hours. Due to scheduling requirements of our internships, we do not recommend students with full course loads apply. However, we can have a conversation if you can demonstrate the ability to manage your time.
- We are unable accommodate interns who are only available for the summer.
How We Select Interns
Our intern selection process is structured to gauge your writing and news judgment. The first round is us reading through cover letters and resumes. The second round is an interview with our selection committee, where we ask you to present story pitches and give feedback about some of our programming . If you make it to second-round candidate, interviews will either be in person or via video chat if you are out of town.
Don’t Forget Your Cover Letter!
Cover letters help us learn a little bit about you, and what you hope to get out of an internship. It also gives us a sample of your writing style. Your cover letter should tell us why you want to pursue a career in journalism and media. We want to learn about your career goals and what type of skills you want to learn or strengthen in an internship. We are especially interested in hearing how your experiences and perspectives (personal, professional, academic, or otherwise) could potentially bring a diverse perspective to our programming.
Want to make your cover letter really stand out? Include links to your portfolio or links to any news writing samples, podcasts, or story packages you may have done.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Apply online via our careers page.