OPB's Internship for Emerging Journalists
OPB is committed to creating public media career pathways for traditionally underrepresented individuals. In addition to the Jon R. Tuttle Journalism and Production Minority Internship, we offer this paid internship opportunity for individuals who are motivated to diversify the world of public media.
OPB’s newsroom is a highly collaborative environment that comprises about 30 professionals who bring their expertise to produce stories and programs. Our cross-platform teams value creativity and dedication. We welcome interns and volunteers. We offer the opportunity to build a portfolio, network with some of the best in the business and learn in a fast-paced newsroom and content creation environment.
OPB is a place that encourages its staff and interns to grow and learn. We support your discovery whether it’s a story idea or a new concept for producing content. OPB is an environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute and thrive.
Generally, this role serves as a Production Assistant in Think Out Loud. Think Out Loud is a daily radio show that covers politics and current events, arts and culture, the environment — anything and everything that affects people living in the Pacific Northwest.
The Production Assistant (PA) role is an integral member of the Think Out Loud show staff. PAs participate in all phases of the show production process from pitching ideas, planning social media, and booking the live show itself. The show’s producers and host are respected public media professionals who are excited to share their craft and experience with our interns. PAs receive a rich, comprehensive experience to help springboard their career in journalism.
This paid journalism internship is designed for individuals who either:
- are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program
- have graduated from an undergraduate degree program within 2 years of the beginning of the internship
Upon being selected for the Emerging Journalist Internship, the intern will secure a membership in a professional minority-journalism organization, such as:
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
- Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
- Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
These organizations will provide mentorship and lifelong learning opportunities. OPB can reimburse membership fees for paid interns.
Applicants should have a strong interest in the future of public media, evolving forms of mass communication, engineering new forms of multimedia journalism as well as a commitment to news that serves the public interest.
This internship serves during winter term. Each year, one intern will be selected. The internship involves:
- 3 month commitment, typically January through March (exact dates are flexible)
- 40 hour work week
- $12.50 per hour
To apply, complete the online application form.
The application requires:
- Cover Letter
- Recent academic transcript (unofficial or official)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- 3-5 links to or PDFs of work samples (Examples of previous journalism work could include articles published in a student newspaper, audio or video production for school or professional projects, or an independent film project.)
Manager, Volunteer Resources
Deadline for applications: Must be received by November 5 at 5pm, Portland, Oregon time.