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For 19 years, Maynard Orme served as the president and CEO of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Maynard believes strongly in lifelong learning, and his vision helped shape OPB’s local and national productions, groundbreaking Web sites, adult learning projects, educational materials and community outreach campaigns. In honor of his considerable contributions to OPB, the Maynard E. Orme Internship has been established to encourage students to cultivate skills in the development and production of high-quality news and public affairs programming.

“Maynard has defined OPB’s mission in terms of providing life-long learning opportunities for Oregon’s communities. Thanks to Maynard, everything OPB does — new technology, new programs, new ways to serve communities — is about developing new ways to bring information to people.”

CPB Board Member Beth Courtney upon presenting Maynard with the Ralph Lowell Medal

Internship Description

To encourage the future development of Oregon-produced programming and inspire University of Oregon journalism and communication students to develop skills toward careers in telecommunications and broadcast journalism, OPB has established the Maynard E. Orme Internship. This endowed internship honors Maynard Orme, whose 19 years of leadership as OPB’s president and CEO helped the statewide public broadcasting network achieve unprecedented growth and community service.

The focus of this internship is news and public affairs. Interns will have the opportunity to shape their internship in conjunction with senior OPB News editors. The intern will be directly supervised by a senior editor as they learn about various OPB News projects. Primary duties will consist of radio journalism, with potential online and television journalism elements. Ideally, the selected intern will complete a major project during their tenure, experiencing both radio production and reporting.

Interns may be assigned to assist on one or several aspects of OPB News production, including Think Out Loud (a daily radio/online program), daily news coverage for OPB Radio and, and/or special projects that may include an in-depth series or a multiplatform enterprise news project. All of these projects may include a web component (i.e., blog, podcast). Interns will work closely with OPB’s Radio and editorial staff. This position requires a great deal of creativity, innovation, follow-through and initiative.

Each year, one intern will be selected for the Maynard E. Orme Internship. The internship involves:

  • 3-month commitment, typically March - June (exact dates are flexible)
  • 40 hour work week
  • $10 per hour
Eligibility Requirements

Students must be either currently enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication OR have graduated following Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The student must have completed at least one of the following University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication courses by the beginning of the internship term:

  • J361: Reporting I
  • J331: Digital Video Production

Students from Oregon will receive preference in the selection process.

Required materials:
  • OPB Maynard E. Orme Internship application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Recent academic transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Letters of recommendation (min. of 2)
  • Work samples (3-5 examples of previous journalism work which may include articles published in a student newspaper, audio or video production for school or professional projects, or an independent film project.) We prefer work sample items be digital for print items or links to websites for audio or video/film. If you must submit materials in hard copy, they will not be returned.
Application and Submission Process

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication students will submit application materials to the School of Journalism and Communication, via Rachel Allen.

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication staff will ensure that the received application packets are complete, conduct a faculty screening of the packets and submit the candidates to OPB staff.

OPB staff and a selection panel will interview the top candidates and select an intern by early February.


Please submit complete application materials to:

  • Rachel Allen
    Assistant Director of Student Services
    School of Journalism and Communication
    University of Oregon
    Allen Hall, 134
    1275 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

Guidelines for your application:

  • 4MB limit if emailing.
  • Letters of recommendation be scanned and included in a digital packet.
  • You may link to websites containing print, audio, or video work samples.
  • If you must submit a hard copy of one application element, please submit the entire application packet via hard copy.

Application materials must be received by January 18, 2017 at 4pm.

“It was a pleasant surprise to learn the intricacies of public radio with such a tight-knit news staff. I had a prior internship in television that nearly soured me on the profession as a whole. Nobody seemed to have a passion for their job. At OPB passion is a prerequisite. I learned that quickly from the morning news meetings. The radio staff welcomed me as a contributing member of their team from the beginning. I was not just another intern. OPB is respected across the community, and I felt compelled to live up to those high expectations through my reporting. It is an experience I will truly treasure.”

— Andrew Theen, 2006 Inaugural Intern