Curious City is a people-powered news-gathering project designed to answer questions the public asks about Chicago, the region and the people who live here. We are looking for a podcast production intern who has zeal for telling stories that connect our audience to their region.
With mentoring from the team’s audio producer and editors, you will research stories, practice recording field audio, assist in conducting in-studio interviews, help direct vocal performances, mix audio and learn to write and edit audio scripts. You will also develop career-building skills in conceiving, critiquing and editing audio stories and related multimedia packages. By the end of their term, interns will have produced feature work to use in their portfolio. Past interns have answered questions about the history of House Music and what’s behind the mysterious staying power of “Mold-A-Rama” plastic souvenirs in Chicago-area museums . Extra consideration will be given to applicants currently enrolled or recently graduated from a journalism program, with a concentration in multimedia or broadcast journalism. Potential interns should be comfortable using social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Experience with audio or video production content a huge plus.
Application Deadline is: Friday April 5, 2019
- The internship will start July 8 and last through December 13, 2019.
- This is a paid internship, $13.00 an hour.
- Internship hours are part-time, 24 hours (about three full days a week) during daytime business hours.
How We Select Interns
Our intern selection process is structured to gauge your writing and news judgement. 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 give story pitches and feedback about some of our programming . If you are second-round candidate, interviews will either be in person or via Skype 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. 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 accepted.
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 Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community. As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.
Apply online via our careers page.