Paid Internship Opportunities

St. Louis Public Radio is always accepting internship applications for the spring, summer and fall semesters. The application deadline for spring 2019 internships, which begin mid-January, is Sunday, November 4, 2018.


St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU is the St. Louis, MO, region’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station and is a service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

STLPR’s internship program boasts vibrant, immersive learning opportunities for current college students and graduates. Interns work alongside and receive instruction and mentorship from staff members throughout the organization, including deeply experienced departmental leaders.

St. Louis Public Radio internships pay an hourly wage of $11, along with the opportunity for college credit depending on the requirements of interns’ respective degree programs. Each internship averages a time commitment of 25 hours per week with opportunities for additional hours depending upon departmental and intern availability and need.


The internship program is open to anyone with college experience. You do not have to be a current student to apply. Email Jess Luther at jluther@stlpublicradio.org with questions.

To apply, please download and complete this application form. Email your application along with a resume (and cover letter, if desired) to Jess Luther.


DEVELOPMENT

Minimum Requirements: Excellent writing and organizational skills, and basic computer skills including Word and Excel required. Database ability a plus. Excellent communication skills are needed to collaborate with a wide variety of staff and to communicate with donors. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for public radio programs preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Development Manager and availability of 15 hours per week.

Internship Description: The student will assist with a variety of development and fundraising-related tasks and projects including research, writing, data collection, donor communication, gift processing, event planning, and other projects as needed.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of their school. Considerations will include ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing. Professionalism, initiative, and enthusiasm will also be considered.


DIGITAL MEDIA

Minimum Requirements: Knowledge of HTML and CSS required, along with experience editing web pages, creating graphics, and using a variety of CMS platforms. Excellent communication skills are needed to collaborate with a wide variety of staff, deal with constructive criticism, and write and proofread web copy. Ideal candidates will possess an ability to present information in a logical, organized, and easy to understand manner. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for St. Louis Public Radio programming and online news preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Director of Digital Media and availability of a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Internship Description: The intern will assist Digital Media staff in updating the St. Louis Public Radio website and taking on special web development projects as assigned. This is a position for those interested in a career in digital (online) communications, web development and/or design.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of their school, if taking the internship for credit. Considerations will include ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce high-quality web pages, graphics, and other online communications. Professionalism, initiative, and enthusiasm will also be considered.

Digital Media Department Description: The digital media department at St. Louis Public Radio manages the infrastructure and analytics behind our digital products, including our website, mobile app, audio streams, and podcasts. We are a team of five, including the intern, and work to advance the audience reach and engagement of the station’s digital content through digital marketing, business intelligence, and visual design.


MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Minimum Requirements: Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills required. Graphic design and artistic ability a plus. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for public radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Director of Marketing.

Internship Description: The intern will assist in copywriting for marketing materials, such as digital and print ads, brochures, fliers, presentations, signs, and on-air announcements; write blog posts about station activities; maintain a press contact list and write press releases; coordinate fulfillment and evaluation of media sponsorships; produce marketing-related social media content; and assist with corporate sponsorship proposals.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of their school. Considerations will include ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Minimum Requirements: Event planning experience, excellent writing, and organizational skills required. Customer service experience a plus. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for public radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Special Events Director.

Internship Description: The student will assist in the preparation of St. Louis Public Radio events including planning, set-up, execution, and breakdown. Additionally, the student will assist in development activities as they relate to events for St. Louis Public Radio.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include the ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing.


NEWS

Minimum Requirements: Excellent writing skills, basic typing proficiency and basic computer skills, and availability of 15-25 hours per week. The student should be articulate enough to conduct interviews over the telephone or in person. Minimum ability to use broadcast equipment is important. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio News Director.

Internship Description: The intern will learn to record and playback on the digital recording medium; learn basic editing skills in digital media; be taught broadcast style writing; learn to write and read a newscast to time; go out with a reporter to a press conference at least once during the semester; learn how to update the news page on the St. Louis Public Radio website; incorporate their writing, producing, and broadcasting skills into their final project. Advanced interns will learn how to conduct telephone interviews and to produce them. The intern may be asked to conduct interviews in the field or to attend news conferences. Throughout the semester, the intern may also be asked to assist anchors in producing newscasts.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with guidelines of their school. Considerations will include production skills (microphone techniques, sound quality, editing, etc.), writing ability (structure of the story, attribution of facts, objectivity, and liveliness of the writing), willingness to follow direction, efficient use of time, self-motivation and initiative, and accuracy and attention to detail. A final evaluation will be held at the end of the semester.


PRODUCTION

Overview: The production internship is divided into two tracks of study and practice. Both tracks are completed primarily through the content and audio production of St. Louis Public Radio’s daily talk show, St. Louis on the Air. Interns may specialize in one track; however, the ideal candidate will be interested in and become familiar with both.

Minimum Requirements: Excellent communication skills and availability of 15-25 hours per week including a minimum of three days per week to be worked from 11:00 – 1:30 to accommodate live show production. Experience with digital recording and editing is preferred but not required. Previous journalism and content production experience is preferred but not required. Approval from Talk Show Producer(s).

Track One: Talk Show Producer: Working with the talk show team to produce content for St. Louis Public Radio’s daily talk show, St. Louis on the Air. This includes: generating show ideas, booking guests, conducting research, writing news stories based on talk show content, social media engagement, and other engagement efforts as required.

Track Two: Audio Production: Working with the talk show team, the intern will complete tasks relating to the engineering and audio production of: 1) live talk show St. Louis on the Air 2) interview and podcast recordings 3) web features 4) music beds 5) field recordings. With practice, the intern will learn advanced digital editing, board operation, live mixing, and other concepts & techniques relating to radio audio production.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of their school (if applicable). Considerations will include progress gained, effective use of time, initiative, ability to follow instructions, audio and content production skills learned, and ability to work both independently and within a group.