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About the Internship Program

Going into this internship I didn’t really have many expectations, but I can say that I have learned more than I expected. I have gained new transferable skills in this position which I know will help me in the future. I have made connections that I can use in the future for references and/or advice.
Taina Rivera, Kent State University, B.A. Business Administration 2024 – Ideastream Intern Class of 2023

The Ideastream Public Media Internship Program provides learning, networking and resume-building opportunities to those who wish to learn more about and gain skills in public media and non-profit organization operations and administration. Opportunities will vary and might include local news reporting for radio and web, local television production, digital media production and distribution, research and data analysis, marketing, fundraising, accounting, broadcast engineering and information technology and classical music programming.

The goal of our program is to maximize the internship experience by focusing on the skills our interns acquire, the tangible work products they produce and the relationships they build with our managers and staff - all of which we hope help them advance in their education and careers, hopefully in public media!

Equally important to Ideastream Public Media are the diverse lived experiences and perspectives that interns bring into the organization, ones that challenge our conventional ways of thinking and force us to learn about, grow and adapt to the needs and interests of those just starting their career journeys or transitioning into new pathways. Over the past three years, our interns have been students from across the country with 53% identifying as non-white and 73% identifying as women.

I will take countless journalistic skills from our conversations together. They provided in-depth guidance and advice and every day presented me with a new learning opportunity. I am forever a stronger journalist because of them.
Aya Cathey, Ohio University, B.A. Journalism 2023 – Ideastream Intern Class of 2023

The past two summer cohorts of interns worked together on a group project. The 2022 cohort developed personal stories exploring topics important to them as part of our Sound of Us series. The 2023 cohort created an engaging video explaining the four areas of the Content department to increase overall awareness among our audience.

Ideastream Public Media offers paid internship opportunities to undergraduate or graduate university students. In some instances, students enrolled in vocational or technical school programs may also qualify. Internships are available year-round to and generally fall into an academic semester or a common 10 week summer period. Interns may also receive college (or other credit) for their experience at Ideastream Public Media.