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Intern, Podcast – Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Post Date:Mar 04, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:June 3, 2019Salary:$15/hour
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:
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Position Information:

Please apply directly to this link:  Intern, Podcast – Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Hours: 40 hours per week

Location: St. Paul, MN

Start Date: June 3, 2019 – August 23, 2019

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019. 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:

At American Public Media, we make podcasts for curious listeners. Our shows explore new ideas, uncover truths and tell human stories. All of our shows are powered by you, our listeners.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking: Totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author (It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.

Intern, Podcast – Terrible, Thanks for Asking

This internship opportunity will help build capacity in the largest and fastest growing podcast property for APM On Demand. It will also introduce the intern who might be outside of public media to the world of audio, helping us be a leader in diversifying the workforce in public media.

Key Learning Goals:

  • Opportunity to work on every aspect of the process – identifying stories, pre-interviews, interview prep, interviews, post-interview production, scripting, editing, scoring and mixing.
  • Opportunity to pitch and develop stories.
  • Build time in their schedule to interface with other parts of the organization to see how other parts run. That includes the MPR newsroom, Cultural Services, other parts of the On Demand portfolio, and even marketing and business if they have an interest there.



  • Production support, including preparing interviews and processing tape.
  • Story support, including identifying stories and researching topics.
  • Editorial support, including editorial meetings and episode group listens.
  • Admin support, including music reporting and transcripts.



  • 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.
  • Good emotional judgement and intelligence.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Good organization skills.
  • Good research skills.
  • Interest in podcasting and audio.
  • Familiarity with word processing software.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Audio experience with any Digital Audio Workspace (ProTools, Audacity, Reaper, etc.).
  • Audio experience with microphones, recorders, cables, etc.


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.


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: 6512901305

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