Summer Journalism Intern – WPR, Eau Claire WI


Thu, Feb 6, 2020


Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) seeks an intern to work in our Eau Claire regional office for the summer of 2020. This internship is designed to attract college students of color and others from underrepresented groups. The internship experience will provide the successful candidate with solid training in the basics of broadcast journalism and public affairs call-in talk show production.

Wisconsin Public Radio is a civic and cultural resource that exists to enlighten and enrich the quality of life for its listeners. WPR consists of 37 radio stations programmed by seven regional studios and carrying programming on three content networks – the Ideas Network, the NPR News and Classical Network and the All Classical Network. WPR’s radio stations, studios, networks and online streams allow it to serve local, regional and statewide audiences with the highest quality programming available.

40 hours a week – Standard Work Hours 8:00-4:30pm (schedule may be adjusted as appropriate)


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student with a major field of study relating to journalism or communication


  • Knowledge of and interest in current events.
  • Good writing skills, including good grammar and spelling.
  • Basic Microsoft Office computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as meet deadlines.
  • Creative and collaborative, with strong communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and meet deadlines


  • Work with WPR reporter to attend news conferences, interview newsmakers, and record and edit audio cuts for broadcast on the Wisconsin Public Radio network.
    • Write story scripts to accompany cuts.
    • Shoot photos and video as appropriate for web version of stories.
    • Attend daily news assignment meetings as appropriate.
  • Work with WPR hosts to assist in the production of the weekly issues-based call-in talk program “The West Side” and the weekly arts interview program “Spectrum West,” including researching topics, suggesting questions, producing segments, booking guests and writing web articles for Training may include a period of job-shadowing with statewide call-in producers.
  • Become familiar with technology required to cover news and produce talk-based programming through training with professional staff.
  • Uphold and maintain Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff for Wisconsin Public Radio described here:
  • Keep up on current issues, events and newsmakers throughout the state, especially west-central Wisconsin.
  • After training, use accepted and professional recording techniques, voicing techniques, digital editing techniques, and web article writing techniques to create news content for WPR.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Apply online at by 3/10/2020.  The job number is 496068. All the following must be received for your application to be complete:

1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and minimum and desirable qualifications; 3) A list of three references.

Questions? Contact: Kate O’Connor, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-262-5221; [email protected].