American Public Media
  • MPR, Technology - Broadcast Operations - 24OA
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $15/hour
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Part Time

Position Information:

Hours: 24 hours per week

Location: St. Paul, MN

Start Date: September 10, 2019 - December 6, 2019

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:

American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes Live from Here with Chris Thile, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. One thousand stations carry American Public Media's 20-plus national programs. Its multi-regional station operations include 49 public radio stations and 42 translators in the Upper Midwest and California. APM podcasts offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism.


Intern, Production

You will support studio and field production by working directly with Technical Directors to accomplish the logistics of production. This includes studio recording sessions on The Current and Classical, live events across multiple content areas including Water Main and Call to Mind, and video production support.


Key Learning Goals:

You will have exposure to all aspects of production planning and execution. Opportunities will exist to developed specific skills related to advance coordination with artists, equipment setup and configuration, signal flow and equipment technical support and configuration, face to face interaction with artists and artist management, and postproduction and distribution systems.



  • Prep, setup, and strike equipment for recording sessions and live events.
  • Work with artists to loading equipment and navigate the building/venue.
  • Support production staff before, during, and after sessions and events as needed.
  • Operate equipment for specific tasks including assistant audio engineer and camera operator (training provided).



  • 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.
  • Classes or strong experience with audio or video equipment, including microphones, analog and digital processing, studio/venue systems, and stage setup.
  • Background in music, including familiarity with several music genres.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Experience working in studios or performance spaces.
  • Familiarity with professional audio/video equipment and standard cabling types and uses.
  • Ability to learn while doing. This is a working position and interns will be expected to move equipment and work side by side with Technical Directors under deadline.
  • Professionalism is required, this is not a backstage pass or access to your favorite band on tour.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Field or Studio audio production experience.
  • Video production work using professional equipment.
  • Experience working with artists and artist management.


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 in your career field?
  • 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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