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Intern, Research Reporter - APM Reports

Post Date:Jul 16, 2020Type:Full time
Start Date:September 14, 2020Salary:$15/hour
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:
Job Description:

Position Information:

  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Location: St. Paul, MN or Remote
  • Start Date: September 14, 2020 – December 18, 2020
  • Pay: $15.00/hour
  • Application Deadline: August 7, 2020. Cover letter is required for this application. Please scroll to the “Next Step in the Application” section for more information.


APM Reports is the investigations and documentary unit of American Public Media, one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes  BBC World Service and Marketplace. APM Reports has broken scores of important investigations on a range of topics, including policing, education, criminal justice, public health, voting and the environment. APM Reports also produces the hit investigative podcast In the Dark.

APM Reports is looking for an intern to work side-by-side with reporters and producers on our team to pursue stories that bring to light neglect, corruption and abuse of power. Interns at APM Reports are immersed in the nitty-gritty of investigative journalism -- the document chasing, records requests, data-gathering and source managing required to get the story.

We believe that diversity creates a healthier atmosphere, and are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals. We encourage members of diverse groups to apply.


  • Team with an investigative reporter(s) to pursue a story
  • Dig for information: hunt for public documents and data; background story possibilities, people and institutions; make public records requests
  • Provide feedback during edits
  • Transcribe taped interviews
  • Call and pre-interview sources

Required skills

  • Passionate about journalism and its importance in a functioning, healthy democracy
  • Hungry to learn more about the tools of investigative journalism: research skills, backgrounding, data management, and interviewing
  • Highly organized, able to work on a variety of assignments and meet deadlines consistently
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate clearly with colleagues
  • Research skills, digging up archival materials, finding sources
  • Understanding of and interest in important national news issues
  • Enrolled Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in an undergraduate or Master’s program OR have earned a degree within the last 18 months

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some journalism experience, ie an internship or work with a college newspaper, radio station, website or magazine.
  • Experience acquiring, cleaning, and presenting data
  • Experience writing open record requests
  • Audio production and editing skills are a plus, but not a requirement


  • 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, formal performance review feedback sessions, etc.
  • Opportunities to be mentored by some of our top professionals within public media
  • Volunteering opportunities

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 professional skills would you like to add to your toolbox in the months and years to come to grow in your career field?
  • 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.


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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Contact Information
American Public Media
Alicia Tran
480 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
Ph: 6512901305

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