American Public Media
  • MPR, Digital Media, Public Insight Network - 23NC
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $16.00 - $20.00
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Full Time

Position Information:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Location: St. Paul, MN

Start Date: September 10, 2019 - February 28, 2020

Salary Range: $16.00 - $20.00 per hour (salary will be based on individual's education and/or relevant experience)

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.


Fellow, Narrative Change

As a Narrative Change Fellow, YOU will advance the work of the Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media partnership by helping MPR to evaluate content, audience experiences and impact through a values-based framework. You will co-create strategies for developing and disseminating more complex, accurate, complete and nuanced narratives of People of Color and Indigenous people. By applying APMG's values and guiding behaviors around audiences, inclusion, leadership, trust, listening and courage, you will demonstrate real world application of these values and how they can influence daily content decisions that accelerate MPR's efforts to increase reach and relevance with more diverse audiences.


Key Learning Goals:

  • Learn and apply research skills related to identifying racial narratives in media and understanding their harmful effects on communities.
  • Gain knowledge about public media, the Minnesota media ecosystem, and the power they wield in shaping how Minnesotans perceive themselves, each other, and the world.
  • Become versed in the power and importance of engagement, impact and inclusion to the future of public service media by connecting people to each other and their communities.



  • Curate, create and amplify examples of media that challenge bias and present more complex, accurate, complete and nuanced narratives of People of Color and Indigenous people.
  • Help to facilitate conversations at MPR and trainings that fuel and support narrative change.
  • Contribute to and help grow a community of practice around changing racial narratives in Minnesota media.



  • 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:

  • At least 1 year of professional experience within community organizing, social justice or diversity, equity and inclusion work OR currently enrolled or have earned a graduate degree.
  • Interest in how the power of stories and narratives shape how we perceive the world.
  • Passion and commitment to dismantling white supremacy and systems of oppression.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with indigenous people and communities of color.
  • Strong familiarity with racialized narratives, unconscious bias, systems of oppression and privilege.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Networking skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize findings in oral and written reports.
  • Project management skills including the development of- and adherence to- timelines.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Unconscious bias training.
  • Digital skills, such as the ability to produce content on a variety of platforms and social media.
  • Ability to give in-person presentations on complex topics to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience working with the media.
  • Experience with systems change.
  • Experience with executing large community projects with multiple stakeholders.


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 submit a separate letter of no more than one page on the following topic:

One of MPR's values is to act courageously and we strive to do this in part by challenging the status quo and acknowledging and correcting our mistakes. Tell us a story about a time when you challenged the status quo or acknowledged and corrected a mistake, and how doing so impacted you and those around you.


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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