OPB's Internship Opportunities

Production: Local/National Television

This internship involves the production of long-form television documentaries. Duties may include extensive library research, phone interviews, making set-up calls, dubbing, logging and transcribing tapes or XD Cam disks, keeping a file of written releases from interviewees, researching film rights, shipping tapes/disks/drives, and sitting in on shoots, editing and post production. Strong writing, interviewing, research and word processing skills are necessary. Basic knowledge of TV production and web-based research helpful.

Production: Project Development, National Television Productions

This internship involves the creation, research, development, and writing of proposals for documentary one-offs and series, web sites, and educational productions. Duties may include Internet and library research, phone interviews, brainstorming with project team, writing first drafts of proposals, reviewing the work of documentary filmmakers, and administrative tasks. This group does not engage in video production activities.

Production: Oregon Art Beat and Oregon Field Guide

Assist in the production of local programs on the arts and outdoors. Qualified interns may have the opportunity to produce, or assist in producing, a program segment. Intern must possess strong organizational and writing skills. Duties may include transcribing interviews; providing written description of video; dubbing tapes; writing promos; updating data bases, promotional materials and website; and working in the field on a limited basis (may require carrying equipment); organizing show materials, maintaining data base, and working in new media and/or social media.. Interns will have opportunities to observe story editing and posting.

Production: Oregon Lens

Assist in the production of a local series designed to showcase the work of independent producers. Qualified interns will have the opportunity to help set up a creative environment to foster better working relationships between OPB and the independent producer community. Intern must possess strong organizational and writing skills. Duties may include working with a database of potential producers, production companies and schools where video production is taught. Other responsibilities may include tasks such as dubbing tapes, writing promos and promotional materials, helping with the production's website, and working in the field on a limited basis (may require carrying equipment). This is a very creative opportunity to the intern interested in all aspects of video production.


This internship involves assisting with reporting and production of OPB's daily news product. Duties include performing background research, assisting radio or online reporters in the field, conducting interviews, using digital audio editing and other multi-media equipment, and writing stories for broadcast or online use. Extensive course work in broadcast journalism is necessary. A typical weekly time commitment is 12 hours.

OPBnews Web Intern

Working closely with OPB radio, Web interns will write copy, create Web pages, make slideshows, audio, video, maps and other interactive elements for the news.opb.org website. They may also contribute content to social media sites. Familiarity with AP style, Web writing and multi-media tools preferred. Students must have understanding of breaking news and basic journalism principles. They must be able to work independently and with others. Coursework either in graphic arts and or journalism (or both) a plus.

Radio: Think Out Loud

This internship involves assisting with the daily production of OPB Radio's daily current affairs talk show, Think Out Loud. Duties include greeting guests, helping with last minute prep for the show, screening calls, managing the contact database, preparing background research, pre-interviewing potential guests, writing blog posts, doing show outreach, pitching show ideas and, potentially, producing entire programs. Experience in broadcast journalism, or a related field, is necessary. Ability to imagine and create multimedia elements highly recommended. A typical weekly time commitment is 32+ hours/week.

Production: KMHD Jazz Radio

This internship involves the creation, development, and writing of on-air material for KMHD promotions, interviews, shows and creative materials. Duties may include board operation, audio production, writing, spot production, and interview editing.

KMHD Jazz Radio

This internship involves assisting with daily duties at KMHD 89.1 FM. Tasks and learning experiences will include: music library maintenance, on-air host support, board operations for syndicated programs, clerical tasks, preparing materials for promotion, fund-drive assistance and more.

Educational Media

This internship provides opportunities to support the creation of web-based, multi-platform (video, print, web) content for teachers and students. Support encompasses pre-production research, creation of animations and other web- based content, organizing film locations and securing releases, on site filming support, and post-production editing. Strong written and oral communication skills and familiarity with some or all of the following is a plus: Word, HTML, HTML5, Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffects, Filemaker, Final Cut.. To see examples of Educational Media projects please view the following: www.learner.org/courses/mathilluminated/ and www.g2cs.org/.

Volunteer Management

This internship is in the Volunteer Resources area of the Human Resources and Administration department. Volunteer Resources is responsible for overseeing the involvement of all unpaid staff (about 2,000 volunteers, interns and work experience students). As a result, an internship would be specifically developed based on an accepted student's skills, background and interests. An internship would involve at least one of the following:

  • Research (particularly in civic engagement and other issues related to engaging the community in an organization)
  • Training and development
  • Program development, management, and/or evaluation

An intern will leave their experience at OPB having furthered their skills in at least one of these areas with the additional benefit of having made an impact on the organization and the community.


Work with an energetic creative team to conceive, design, and create graphics to support radio programs, TV programs, web and other institutional needs. The intern should have a strong knowledge of design and production processes, typography, and proficiency with MAC software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

On Air Design/ Marketing

Do you love television and visual media? Would you like to help develop the look and feel of OPB TV? This internship involves working with a team to develop on-air elements to support OPB's branding and marketing efforts. This internship may also include work on other projects based on specific program needs and the skills of the intern applicant. Knowledge of market demographics and a strong aesthetic sense are essential! Basic knowledge of mass communications and good verbal and written skills required. Knowledge of TV production and promotion helpful. Computer literacy a must. Ability to juggle several projects at one time, work independently and lots of energy and enthusiasm are helpful!

Fund Raising: Donor and Business Development

Work with Planned Giving and Leadership Gifts Departments in stewardship and cultivation activities including producing weekly e-newsletter to donors, station tour events, acknowledgments and thank you calls. Assist in identifying and researching potential foundation, corporate and individual prospective donors. Assist in the development and implementation of cultivation and stewardship programs. Learn about all aspects of managing a development program from direct mail solicitation to donor recognition. Assist with production of special events as needed. Intern must be computer literate, familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, and a quick learner.

Multimedia Journalism

Interns will assist with, research and develop cross-platform stories in areas that may include arts, culture, lifestyle, news and more. Projects may involve creating online audio and video, blogs, articles, photos, slideshows and/or performing background research and assisting producers and reporters in the field. Interns may also research and develop content and promotional plans for social media.
Preferred skills include strong oral and written communication, familiarity with social media platforms, experience with text editors and content management systems, ability to shoot and edit basic video, familiarity with audio and video editing programs, and familiarity with graphic applications such as Photoshop.

Web Development

Interns will assist with developing and maintaining web applications, working on projects collaborating with the New Media team or other departments at OPB or KMHD. Preferred skills include knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, scripting languages such PHP and/or Python, and databases. May include work with web APIs, cloud services, and mobile applications.


This internship involves production assistance with opbmusic studio sessions, web content and the 24/7 music channel. Duties may include assisting with video production, audio production, writing for and producing media for the website, organizing the music library, promotion and assisting at events. Experience with music or video production preferred. Experience with broadcast systems, voice work, photography, music reviews or writing is helpful.

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