American Public Media
  • MPR, Digital Media, Digital Content - 23ND
  • St. Paul, MN, USA
  • $17.00
  • Hourly
  • Temporary Full Time

This opportunity is temporary and full-time: 40 hours per weeks for up to 14 weeks (May-August).

Seeking 3 - 4 interns.

Application deadline extended to March 6, 2017

Have you ever had the desire to see something go from an idea on a whiteboard to something that users and consumer can touch, feel and consume? Do you love media, the news and want to find better and new ways to connect to audiences who love the same? Are you a budding entrepreneur who wants the opportunity to launch the next big thing and actually be an entrepreneur and not just study them? Are you a journalism student who wants the opportunity to see new facets of the news industry? If so, then you might the perfect team member for our Research & Development Lab's summer project: Building the next big thing in news for people under 25.


Research tells us that audiences under the age are 25 are ever more engaged with their communities and have a strong desire to make an impact on the world. This summer we will bring together a group of 3 - 4 undergraduate students from across the country to help us explore, identify and build the next "big thing" to make the news relevant and connected to audiences under the age of 25. This is a very hands on project to research, design and prototype a new product or service aimed at that target audience.


The internship is an excellent opportunity for students in journalism to be part of building the next news consumer app. It is also a great opportunity for students in business or related fields like entrepreneurial studies to spend the summer helping to develop and launch a new entrepreneurial venture. It provides interns opportunities to interact with media executives, as well as other entrepreneurs and leaders in the digital media and news media industries.


Position Responsibility:


  • Works with the CDO to scope out various projects including completing work on deliverables.
  • Conducts, coordinates or supports industry and market analysis, primary and secondary research and competitive evaluation as part of due diligence in evaluating new business opportunities.
  • Helps identify potential partners for new business opportunities.
  • Works to create a prototype of a product that will delight and engage news users under the age of 25.
  • Interacts with people at all levels and areas of the organization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and entering their senior year or just graduated from an undergraduate program.
  • Strongly interested in news, local, national and international affairs.
  • Very curious about digital media and technologies and how people use them.
  • Interest in the start-up world and entrepreneurs think and develop new products.
  • Track record of being to work on a team made up of people of diverse backgrounds and ideas.
  • A can do attitude that sees potential obstacles as opportunities and not just challenges.
  • Demonstrated research and presentation skills.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:


  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a diverse team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to deal with a challenge of ideas.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity.


Preferred Skills and Experience:


  • Classes in journalism and news writing.
  • Financial analysis skills.
  • Business courses related to new product/service analysis.
  • Some project management education or experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Interest in working in a mission-driven organization.


Reporting To This Position:         None


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.
    • 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.

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