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Intern at St. Louis Public Radio

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

STLPR’s paid internship program provides immersive learning opportunities for current college students and graduates. Interns work alongside and receive instruction and mentorship from staff members throughout the organization.

We are pleased to offer internships in the following areas of our operation for the spring 2022 semester: Newsroom (Journalism), Development (Fundraising), Marketing & Communications, Visual Communication (Graphic Design) and Talk Show Production (St. Louis on the Air).

Spring 2022 application deadline: November 1, 2021.

St. Louis Public Radio internships pay $15 an hour, along with the opportunity for college credit depending on the requirements of interns’ respective degree programs. Each internship averages a time commitment of 15-25 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.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please download and complete this application form.

Email your application along with a resume (and cover letter and/or work samples, if desired) to Jess Luther.


Positions


Audio Production (Talk Show)

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.


Development (Fundraising)

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.

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.

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.


Marketing & Communications

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.

Minimum Requirements: Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills required. Qualified candidates will have knowledge of marketing principles and research, with experience implementing a variety of tactics to meet planned objectives. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Director of Marketing. Please include writing samples or a portfolio link along with your resume and cover letter.

Marketing & Digital Media Department Description: The marketing & 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 also create and implement marketing strategy and tactics, across a wide variety of platforms and media, to grow audience and increase content engagement. We are a team of six, including two interns.

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.


Newsroom (Journalism)

The newsroom intern will learn every aspect of being a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. This includes the technical aspects of audio recording and editing; writing for radio; writing for web; taking photographs for web stories; interviewing techniques; and how to pitch and research stories. The newsroom intern will contribute regularly to our newscasts and daily internet stories. Interns will also be exposed to data journalism techniques; how to successfully use social engagement to report and tell stories; and how to voice radio stories. Ideally, interns will complete one capstone project that can be an enterprise story that incorporates a four-minute radio story and a full digital story.

Minimum Requirements: Excellent writing skills, demonstrated interest in journalism and ability to consistently meet deadlines. We expect our interns to be available between 25-30 hours per week. It helps if the intern has boundless curiosity and knowledge about local news and current affairs.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with guidelines of their school, if the intern is currently a student. 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.


Visual Communications (Graphic Design)

The intern will assist marketing & digital media staff in creating graphics and images for digital and print distribution that may include logos, print ads, stickers, posters, signs, web banners, e-newsletters and other digital publications, as assigned, to help market the station’s content, events, and service to the community. This is a position for those interested in a career in graphic design and marketing.

Minimum Requirements: Qualified candidates will be skilled at working within Adobe Creative Suite to produce creative graphics for a variety of applications. Candidates should provide work samples as proof of skills and design sensibility. Excellent communication skills are needed to collaborate with a wide variety of staff and deal with constructive criticism. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Director of Marketing & Digital Media and availability of a minimum of 15 hours per week. Please include design samples or a portfolio link along with your resume and cover letter.

Marketing & Digital Media Department Description: The marketing & 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 also create and implement marketing strategy and tactics, across a wide variety of platforms and media, to grow audience and increase content engagement. We are a team of six, including two interns.

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 graphics and other online communications. Professionalism, initiative, and enthusiasm will also be considered.