American Public Media
  • APMG, Corporate, Administration - 30AD
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $15/hour
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Part Time

Position Information:

Hours: 24 hours per week (flexible scheduling)

Location: St. Paul, MN

Start Date: September 10, 2019 - February 28, 2020 (6 months)

Application Deadline: July 22, 2019. Cover letter is required for this application. Please scroll to the "Next Step in the Application" section for more information.


Are you looking for Internships/Fellowships at the largest station-based public radio organization in the US?

If so, look no further. Our Internship and Fellowship program will give YOU the real-world experience you are seeking in production, research, reporting, interviewing, audio and digital storytelling and more, as well as experience in public media operations. In addition to professional development, this program will help you build a network with other professionals in the industry. Don't miss out on the chance to build your professional portfolio alongside the best people within public media.


Who we are:

The APM Research Lab informs and equips the communities we serve with original and curated research. Our work helps inform journalists, civic and business leaders, and others who want to know what the best research has to say about challenges and opportunities facing families, communities, and organizations throughout the nation. We tackle numerous topics including health, education, the workforce, demographics, equity, and political analysis - and are building our portfolio every day ( This position will contribute to APM Research Lab's growing national reputation for informing a wide variety of news outlets, both within and outside of American Public Media, as well as the broader public. Join us!


Intern, Digital Communications - APM Research Lab

This is an essential communications support position for the fast-paced APM Research Lab team. This position will build necessary capacity to increase the Lab's relevance and reach in the research community and media world and raising our visibility locally and nationally. 


Key Learning Goals:

  1. How to effectively communicate and distribute research findings for broad public understanding, including preparing web and social media content.
  2. Deepen understanding of key demographic, economic, educational, environmental, health, political and other trends that the Research Lab is monitoring and reporting on.
  3. Gain exposure to data and statistical analysis, survey research, data visualization and other technical skills used by the team.



  • Contribute to and learn from a dynamic research start-up embedded in a nationally renowned media organization, with numerous opportunities for professional growth, networking, support, and fun.
  • Prepare and strategically disseminate social media content on numerous platforms to grow and engage the Lab's audience.
  • Create web pages and content, newsletters, audio clips, and visual displays of research findings.
  • Support the team as needed by reviewing data and content for accuracy and clarity.



  • Partial subsidy for onsite parking or bus transportation. Day to day transportation is your responsibility.
  • Eligible to accrue for sick and safe time off.
  • Eligible for health insurance as required under the ACA.



  • Participate in robust on-boarding experience.
  • Professional development: on-the-job training, personality assessment training, formal performance review feedback sessions, etc.
  • Opportunities to be mentored by one of our top professionals within public media.
  • Volunteering opportunities.


Required Qualifications:

  • Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in an undergraduate or Master's program OR have earned a degree within the last 12 months.
  • Must have completed some coursework in at least one of the following: communications, journalism, digital media, sociology, public health, public policy, economics, statistics, or related disciplines.
  • Professional or personal proficiency with one or more social media platforms.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Experience / aptitude for creating graphs to display data.
  • Extremely detail-oriented individual.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Self-directed but willing to ask for help and direction as needed.
  • Enthusiasm for our tagline of "bringing facts into focus."


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience overseeing social media strategies, writing for publication, or copy-editing.
  • Experience with a website content management system (CMS) such as Wordpress, Squarespace, etc.
  • Skills in data analysis, programming, design, infographics, digital displays, data visualization, and/or interactives (please detail).
  • Experience analyzing large datasets using statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, or R.
  • Audio editing background.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.


Next Step in the Application:

In addition to your skills and knowledge, we want to get to know you in the application process. In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter (of no more than 1 page) with answers to the following:

  • What professional skills would you like to add to your toolbox in the months and years to come to grow as a researcher or communicator?
  • Where do you see yourself professionally in five-years and how will this role help you achieve that goal?


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
    • Required to move about in the community.
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level.
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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