Internships

Spokane Public Radio internships are available year-round.  Non-paid Internships are available for school-credit for students at area colleges, universities, high schools, and training programs. Please work with your school's program advisor to apply for Spokane Public Radio internships.

Serious SPR internship applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and two to three writing samples to SPRinternships@kpbx.org.

Radio Production Internship

Spokane Public Radio is looking for an intern to assist with production duties related to on air fundraising, ten to 15 hours per week (flexible). Intern will assist in the management of recorded content provided by national producers as well as the creation, development, and writing/editing of on-air fundraising material for Spokane Public Radio.

Possible Duties Include:

  • Import, maintenance, and organization of fundraising audio provided by NPR, PRI and APM for member stations
  • Copywriting, submittal, and retrieval of content voiced by national personalities
  • Recording, editing and mixing of listener testimonials
  • Other tasks associated with maintaining a high profile on-air message of the importance of listener financial support

Skills Needed:

  • Experience with school newspaper or radio shows.
  • Exposure to broadcast or copywriting related courses
  • Must have the ability to write, meet deadlines and work independently
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must have some familiarity with audio recording equipment and editing software
  • Self-starter and appetite for learning radio
  • Familiarity with Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1 FM, KSFC 91.9 FM, KPBZ 90.3 FM including popular public radio programs (NPR, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, PRI - This American Life, APM - A Prairie Home Companion, etc.)

This position reports to the SPR Production Director.

Newsroom Internship- Fall internship filled.  Accepting applications for winter/spring 2019.

Spokane Public Radio’s newsroom is looking for dependable, self-starting, and creative journalism students to contribute to our local daily news content during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. During their internships, aspiring reporters will attend press events, record sound in the field, and write stories around this sound that hosts will use on air. As interns gain confidence with broadcast writing, sound equipment, and digital editing, their roles will expand to voicing and editing short spot pieces. Student journalists who demonstrate ambition, aptitude and an ability to follow through could also be assigned to work on their own enterprise story ideas, longer NPR-style features, and series work.

Possible Assignments could include:

  • Monitoring the Associated Press wire and rewriting AP copy
  • Gathering sound from area news events
  • Digital sound editing
  • Writing anchor actualities/cut-and-copy pieces for use by morning and afternoon hosts
  • Uploading stories to our webpage

Requirements:
A strong grasp of English spelling and grammar is essential, in addition to knowledge of AP Style (either broadcast or print). It’s equally important that our interns understand basic civics and demonstrate an interest in local, national, and world events. Beyond that, we’d like to talk with student journalists who understand the news philosophy of public radio, have a strong sense of media ethics, a curious mind, and who approach reporting with a sense of creativity. We are mainly looking for college/university junior and senior journalism majors, but promising sophomores with a strong sense of dedication to the trade will also be considered. Experience with sound equipment and digital editing software is a plus.

This position reports to the SPR Program Director.

Literary Radio Internship

Spokane Public Radio is looking for an intern to assist with production duties related to production of the Bookshelf Program, daily half hour book readings.

Possible Duties May Include:

  • Electronic editing of pre-recorded readings.
  • Word editing for FCC legality.
  • Determining program length and converting to broadcast files.
  • Creating intros, outros, and synopses.

Skills Needed:

  • Experience with literature, written and oral.
  • Must have the ability to write, meet deadlines and work independently
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must have some familiarity with editing software
  • Self-starter and appetite for learning radio
  • Some familiarity with Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1 FM, KSFC 91.9 FM, KPBZ 90.3 FM including popular public radio programs (NPR, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, PRI - This American Life, APM - A Prairie Home Companion, The Bookshelf, Selected Shorts,  etc.)

This position reports to the SPR Music Director.

Similar community volunteer positions can alternatively be arranged by contacting Stephanie Ingoldby, Volunteer Manager by calling 509.328.5729 or emailing singoldby@kpbx.org.