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Intern, Research Reporter - APM Reports

Post Date:Oct 23, 2018Type:Part time
Start Date:January 7, 2019Salary:
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:529-19
Job Description:

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:

American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes Live from Here with Chris Thile, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. One thousand stations carry American Public Media's 20-plus national programs. Its multi-regional station operations include 49 public radio stations and 42 translators in the Upper Midwest and California. APM podcasts offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism.


Intern, Research Reporter - APM Reports:

If breaking big investigative stories that make a difference in the world is in your future, this is the internship for you. It will immerse you in the nitty-gritty of investigative journalism -- the document chasing, data-gathering and source managing required to get the story. APM Reports needs diggers, otherwise called research reporters who relentlessly chase background information, records, data and people. Our journalism goes deep and includes multiple dimensions of an issue, often a result of the research reporting at APM Reports. You'll work side-by-side with some of the best in the business, pursuing stories that bring to light neglect, corruption and abuse of power.


Key Learning Goals:

  • Improve basic reporting skills.
  • Learn basics of investigative journalism.
  • Learn research skills.
  • Learn data management, analysis and presentation skills.
  • Improve organizational skills.



  • Team with an investigative reporter(s) pursuing a story.
  • Conduct information searches using multiple web tools.
  • Hunt for public documents.
  • Hunt for data.
  • Background story possibilities, people and institutions.



  • This internship is a paid six-month position.
  • 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.
  • Networking with leaders and employee resource and interest groups that support our multicultural employees.

Required Qualifications:

- Passionate about journalism and its importance in a functioning, healthy democracy.
- Enrolled Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in an undergraduate or Master's program OR have earned a degree within the last 12 months.
- Working or worked for -- college news operations, i.e. newspaper, radio station, website, magazine.
- Highly organized, able to meet deadlines consistently, communicate clearly with colleagues.
- Research skills, digging up archival materials, finding sources.
- Ability to work on a variety of assignments.
- Basic knowledge of important national news issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Successfully completed an internship in journalism.
- Acquiring, cleaning, presenting data.
- Using audio production and editing equipment.
- Writing open record requests.

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 are you most proud of?
- 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.

Application deadline: November 9, 2018

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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Contact Information
American Public Media
Alicia Tran
480 Cedar St
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
Ph: 651-290-1305

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