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Newsroom Intern (Paid)

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. 

Newsroom Internship Information

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.