WBEZ is looking for aspiring early career podcast producers to join our 2020 Summer/Fall Internship Cohort to be a part of our mission to bring substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to our audiences in the Chicago area and beyond.
As our podcast intern, you will be involved with the production workflow of several of our podcasts. You will learn how to book guests, engineer interviews in-studio, and record audio out in the field. Interns will also assist with researching, fact checking, posting content to social media and editing audio. By the end of the internship, you will have a produced segments to include in your portfolio. Past interns have been involved with production of our podcasts Motive, Making Beyoncé and Nerdette.
You to apply you need:
- A strong interest in long form documentary and investigative journalism.
- To be familiar with a variety of different podcasts beyond This American Life, Joe Rogan Experience or The Daily.
- Have some experience with editing audio or video, either through student media, relevant coursework or other projects.
- To be Open doing rewarding work with a sometimes steep learning curve.
- A cover letter (see below)
Huge plus if you have work samples that show off your audio editing ability.
Application Deadline is: Friday April 3, 2020
- The internship will start June 22 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 just 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.
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 at 91.1 FM. 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.
Appliy online via our careers page.