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  • Jenny Lawton
  • email
  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • Radio

Intern/Volunteer, Studio 360 (PRI & WNYC)

Studio 360 is looking for sharp, enthusiastic self-starters, with or without radio skills, to participate in the program as interns and volunteers.

We accept Interns who are currently enrolled in school.

We also welcome Volunteers, no longer in school, who want to explore radio and multimedia production.


Studio 360’s internship is a hands-on experience. Interns and volunteers sit in on editorial meetings, gather research, pitch ideas, collect materials for the website, and learn a variety of tasks involved in producing a weekly program. Over the course of the term, interns and volunteers gain fundamental radio skills (including audio editing) and will assist staff mentors with producing segments for the show.


There are no specific criteria except a passion for the arts and popular culture, and a fascination with creative use of media. Study or experience in journalism and/or radio production is valuable, but not required. Past volunteers have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including professionals from other fields making career changes. In short, we are looking for applicants who are motivated, avid cultural consumers, and who are excited to learn.

All interns and volunteers must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Terms last about four months and require at least a 21-hour commitment for interns (full-time interns are preferred); volunteers are asked to participate for as many hours as they are able. The internship takes place at WNYC in Lower Manhattan. There is a $12 stipend per day. Terms coincide with the academic calendar: roughly September-December, January-April, and May-August.

How to Apply

Send us a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to intern or volunteer at Studio 360 and what you hope to gain from your experience. Tell us about your culture diet — favorite magazines, books, TV shows, trends you’re following, movies, music, etc. Briefly describe any relevant journalism, broadcasting, or other media skills; familiarity with office software; and your research experience.

We also ask that you specifically address the following:
1. Describe two of your favorite Studio 360 segments and why you liked them.
2. Describe one or two segments or shows that you think were less successful. What would you have done to make them stronger?
3. Suggest two story ideas (one paragraph each) for Studio 360. These can be pitches for simple “host-interviews-guest” segments, or for longer reported pieces with multiple voices. In addition to describing the idea itself, you should also include ideas for voices in the piece/interview.

Although it is not required, you are welcome to submit samples of your work, including writing or audio samples. Audio samples must be posted online for streaming.

Submissions accepted: June 10-July 5
Deadline: July 5
Notification: late July 
Start date: late August / early September

If you are applying as an Intern: Please submit your application via WNYC’s careers site  scroll down to the “Studio 360 Internship – Fall 2015″ link. 

If you are applying as a Volunteer: Please submit your application to jlawton@wnyc.org with the subject line “Studio 360 volunteer application.”

about the application and/or the position can be sent to studio360@wnyc.org with the subject heading “Studio 360 internship.”

A Full Time position, starting September 1st, 2015, in New York, NY.

Posting expires: July 6th, 2015.

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