American Public Media
  • APMG, Technology - Information Technology 24OC
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $15/hour
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Part Time

Position Information:

Hours: 24 hours per week

Location: St. Paul, MN

Start Date: June 9, 2020 - August 28, 2020

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020. 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:

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences and operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services' MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current'produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences.


Intern, MPR Archive

The MPR archive houses the physical and digital recordings of broadcasts on the regional services of Minnesota Public Radio since 1972. As part of our service to our audience, we are working to preserve and digitize and make available to the public as many of those recordings as possible. You will assist in this process by supporting the Archive team with moving audio files from CDs into the archive database, labeling the content according to our standardized taxonomy, cataloging records of our DAT recordings, assisting with archive space maintenance and organization, and providing general assistance to the archive team. You will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best audio engineers in the country on best practices for audio preservation, as well as getting hands-on, real-world experience in one of the premiere broadcast and recording facilities in the world. You will have access to a unique and important archive of news and cultural programming from one of the most successful and influential public media networks in the country, helping to preserve and maintain the content and provide access to it for generations to come.


Key Learning Goals:


  • Develop skills in project management, database management and audio preservation and cataloging and successfully communicate status of project to all stakeholders. 
  • Become adept in using a variety of production and database tools, including content management systems, proprietary software, Microsoft office suite and other related equipment.
  • Develop professional skills working with a cross-functional team including audio engineers, archivists and senior management. 



  • Expected to transfer up to 1,000 files of audio into our database and catalogue up to 100,000 DAT files. The content is MPR News programs from 1994 - 2011.
  • Ensure accuracy of the archiving process through pristine record creation.
  • Assist in the acceleration of our preservation and digitization process towards grant fulfilment goals.
  • Support the archive team in their work of providing access to audiences of important MPR News content.



  • 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, Seniors OR recent graduate (Bachelor's or Master's degree) of no more than 1 year from a college/university program.
  • Knowledge of various computer databases and Microsoft office products.
  • Ability to create and maintain spreadsheets with ease.
  • Familiarity with CD technology and CD drives.
  • Ability to listen deeply to content and differentiate between various audio formats (both analogue and digital).
  • Good typing and spellcheck skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with archives or library sciences.
  • Familiarity with audio recording.
  • Familiarity with MPR News programming.


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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