Position Description

Multi-media Intern
Location Chicago
Job Code 404
# of Openings 2
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. We launched innovative, iconic shows such as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial. Chicago Public Media engages listeners and users across broadcast radio, digital audio streams, websites, and mobile apps. Our flagship station, WBEZ Chicago (91.5 FM and wbez.org) is Chicago’s premier hub for trusted, fact-based journalism, entertaining audio programs, and podcasts. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org everywhere), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music and culture format.


The Opportunity: Intern – Multi-media podcast team

This internship is with our Curious City team.  Curious City is a people-powered weekly podcast, radio segment and digital project that answers questions the public asks about Chicago, the region and the people who live here. We are looking for a multimedia/engagement intern who has a zeal for telling stories and creating connections with the entire Chicago community.


With mentoring from the team’s multimedia producer and editors, our interns research stories, create story graphics and other audio and visual digital elements, and maintain strong relationships with the public through social media and other creative forms of engagement. They also develop career-building skills in conceiving, critiquing and editing the weekly podcast as well as creating multimedia stories. By the end of their term, interns will have produced a digital feature they can use for their portfolio. 


To apply you need:  

  • A desire to learn more about the Chicago region’s history 
  • A desire to experiment with digital storytelling and audience engagement
  • Excitement to learn about audio and digital storytelling 
  • Comfort in using social media tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Demonstrated journalism, multimedia, writing, or audio production experience in a previous internship, class work, supervised community work, or employment


We are located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Due to COVID restrictions, interns must be able to work remotely at their own designated location with internet access; they also must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier studios. 

Chicago Public Media interns gain hands-on experience while working alongside some of the best talent in the business. Our hope is that — after receiving a solid foundation at WBEZ — our interns continue to contribute to this industry.  


A bit about our internship programs:

  • Many, but not all, of our interns have completed college or some other form of education and/or certification in the journalism or media field(s).
  • Many go on to careers in public media or other outlets. Many have found their way back to WBEZ, too.
  • We pay $14/hour, non-negotiable.
  • Scheduled work weeks are up to 24 hours/week.
  • We offer some flexibility on scheduling; most are daytime work hours and on a Monday through Friday schedule
  • Internships last approximately 6 months, running January 2021 through June 2021
  • Because these are part-time roles, they are not eligible for benefits.
  • We are accepting applications through Oct. 12, 2020.


What we are looking for our candidates to display in their resumes, cover letters and interview conversations: 

  • Knowledge about WBEZ and our mission of serving the community
  • Strong interest in learning and contributing to our mission 
  • Curiosity and the willingness to learn
  • Understanding of the value of bringing together diverse perspectives
  • Why WBEZ is part of your career planning in journalism and media
  • Specific skills you want to learn during the internship 
  • If applicable, any links to a portfolio of writing samples; audio, video, or multimedia packages; or other completed work that may be relevant to this opening


Applications with resumes must include cover letters; use the cover letter to share any links to previous work and/or include any job-related criteria not on your resume.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.


Working at Chicago Public Media

Our full-time employee population hovers around 150 people, and approximately half of our team is represented by SAG-AFTRA. We work at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a thriving workplace where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, join us! Check out our LinkedIn page for further details: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chicago-public-radio/?viewAsMember=true


Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team.

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