American Public Media
  • MPR News, Newsroom - 17HB
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $15/hour
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Full Time

Position Information:

Hours: 40 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, Photographer

As a visual digital intern, you will be helping to increase our capacity to shoot still and video imagery to enhance our digital product offerings. MPR News has an overall digital growth goal and part of meeting this goal is to enhance our social media offerings and our video views.  You will be helping us reach, or exceed, that goal. You will aid MPR News in identifying new ways to deliver visual journalism to a younger audience in different ways, using different platforms. This will help us grow new audiences, which is another key strategic goal for the company.


Key Learning Goals:

  • Learn how to rapidly respond to news and develop high-quality photographs on a tight timeline.
  • Work directly with our senior photojournalist and photojournalist on a longer-term project/s as outline and in collaboration with the visual and news team. This will enhance the use of visuals to tell stories using different platforms. This would provide hands-on experience and be a means to skill growth and refinement.
  • Work alongside reporters and editors to enhance this intern's overall journalism prowess.



  • Deliver photographs based on provided assignments and will work alongside our staff photographers to enhance their work. 
  • Deliver video based on provided assignment and will work alongside our staff journalists to craft compelling video for a variety of platforms.
  • Report and write basic news stories and deliver accurate cut lines.
  • Commitment to learn and enact best journalism practices.
  • Interest in public service journalism.



  • 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.
  • Coursework must demonstrate an emphasis in writing, communications or English.
  • Previous experience or coursework in photography and videography.
  • Valid driver's license and access to an automobile.
  • Access to basic photography equipment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Awareness of current events, news topics and issues are essential.
  • Reliable news judgment.
  • Knowledge of AP style and ability to write accurate and complete captions.
  • Ability to follow directions and work under tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, curious, creative and detail oriented.
  • Ability to learn new computer programs.


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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