WBEZ has a an intern opportunity for our show Worldview, a show about how race, ethnicity, gender, identity, the environment, religion, politics, and economics drive and shape the news. The show celebrates 25 years on the air in 2019. It also engages experts to discuss international news from a local perspective, while drawing local connections. Worldview heavily features arts, policy, activism, and Chicago social movements. Worldview is the last team of journalists consistently creating original international content for a mainstream media outlet in Chicago.
Worldview interns will work in all facets of major market daily talk-show production. Interns will learn a variety of production skills, including pitching stories/interviews, scheduling guests for live or taped on-air appearances, and helping research prep for the host. Interns will also prepare, curate and post content for web and social media, along with executing some audio production.They will also screen phone calls for call-in segments and do pre-show studio prep. By the end of tenure, the intern will have produced segments for air and helped direct the show, live.
Potential interns should have a strong interest in international news, issues, and events, beyond what is currently in the headlines. We also prefer (but not required) that interns have some prior exposure to journalism, either through previous internships, or student media. Majors in the social sciences, arts, and humanities are also welcome. Extra skills we prefer (though not required) are: ability to read and/or speak a language other than English; an awareness of Chicago culture and politics; social media experience; and film/video skills.
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.