WBEZ is looking for aspiring early career journalists to join our 2020 Winter/Spring 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. Our future podcast intern will learn how to book guests, engineer in-studio recordings and also go out in the field. Interns will also assist with research, fact checking, posting content to social media and edit audio. By the end of their internship, interns will have a produced segment to include in their portfolio. Past interns have been involved with our podcasts Making Obama, South Side Stories and more.
Application Deadline is: Friday November 1, 2019
To apply you need:
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 give story pitches and feedback about some of our programming . If you are 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. 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 South Side Stories a partnership with Comedy Central. 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.