WHYY Internships

Internships are an important element in the growth of young professionals, and WHYY offers a variety of meaningful learning opportunities and on-the-job training experiences for college juniors and seniors and graduate and postgraduate students (within two years of graduation).

Internship experiences range from production and newsroom opportunities across all media platforms of the region's primary public media provider to branding, promotions and public relations and other administrative departments.

WHYY internships provide valuable and practical hands-on experience, supervised by award-winning professionals. College credit may be granted. Internships are unpaid.

Students will be selected through a competitive application and interview process for internships during three term periods: fall (September to December), winter-spring (January to May) and summer (June to August).

For more information contact Betsy Feil at bfeil@whyy.org or 215-351-1261.

How to Apply

WHYY offers unpaid internships to junior- and senior-year undergraduates, graduate and postgraduate students throughout the year. The following materials must be completed and sent as attachments in one email to: Betsy Feil at bfeil@whyy.org

  • Download & complete the internship application (PDF)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter discussing career goals, three internships in order of preference, computer and language skills and any specific, relevant broadcasting or media experience
  • A two- or three-page writing sample
  • A DVD-R sample, if appropriate, of any media or Web-based work
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your relevant experience, background, skills and/or work ethic. If the individual writing your letter of recommendation would prefer to send it under separate email, please email Ms. Feil to inform her of this and include the name of the person writing your letter of recommendation and when it will be sent in that email. Your application packet will not be considered complete and will not be forwarded to the appropriate staff members until the letter is received.
  • Applicants from non-native English-speaking countries must provide proof of competence in speaking and writing in English through TOEFL minimum scores of 600 (PBT), 200 (CBT) or 100 (IBT).

Note: International applicants must have a valid visa. WHYY does not assist with visa applications.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship without regard to race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship or any other protected status. WHYY is committed to diversity in the workplace and offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply.

WHYY reserves the right to request a state Criminal Background Check (CBC) and a Child Abuse History Clearance (CAC) upon acceptance into WHYY's internship program. Interns' continuation in the position will be contingent on the results of the aforementioned clearances. If requested, WHYY will ask interns to complete the application forms for a CBC and CAC prior to their first day and cover the cost of each application form.

Note: A conviction record will not automatically result in your disqualification of interning; felony and misdemeanor convictions will be considered only to the extent they relate to the intern position for which you are being considered. However, failure to disclose a conviction and/or mischaracterization of a conviction will result in your ineligibility for interning and/or termination for interning (even if the conviction would not have barred your eligibility for interning had it been properly disclosed).

Application Deadlines

Students will be selected through a competitive application and interview process for internships during three term periods. For consideration, applications must be postmarked by the dates shown below:

Winter-Spring Session: January through May — Applications postmarked by December 15.
Summer Session: June through August — Applications postmarked April 15.
Fall Session: September through December — Applications postmarked by September 19.

Please allow us 4 to 6 weeks to process your application. Because of the volume of applications received, we are unable to notify applicants who are not selected for internships.

All materials submitted become part of the confidential property of WHYY and are not returnable. Telephone interviews may be conducted with potential interns as part of the selection process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

WHYY Internship Offerings

The Content Production intern will assist in prep and production for You Bet Your Garden, nationally syndicated weekly call-in radio show offering tips on organic gardening, researching and reporting for the Entertainment Guide on NewsWorks, as well as any other support within FM content production. Strong written and communication skills, attention to detail, cordial phone manner, excellent computer skills.

WHYY's monthly television arts magazine has openings for interns. Those working with Friday Arts would support the producers as they research, shoot and edit segments for the monthly broadcast and the expanding website. Those with experience using Final Cut Pro are especially welcome. Interns will assist in marking and annotating footage, editing shorts for the web, logging footage, acting as production assistants on location and supporting the production with light organizational duties.

Media Instructional Assistant internship offers the opportunity to participate in the production of a multi-media learning experience for Philadelphia high school students. Support WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons staff with project coordination and instruction by serving as second instructor in a classroom of 10-15 high school students who are learning video production; keep records for all enrolled students, and assist in lesson planning and implementation. Preference is given to candidates that have completed coursework in journalism, education, social work, production, or related fields. Candidates must have experience working with video and/or with teens and have excellent organization and communication skills. Some local travel is required; afternoon and weekend availability requested. (CBC and CAC required upon acceptance)

The NewsWorks-Podcast intern will assist staff in producing a weekly podcast on the intersection between race, politics and culture. Interns will learn how to perform the following tasks by observing and assisting staff members:

  • Research potential podcast guests
  • Research and pitch program topics, contact and schedule guests
  • Assist in live event production of special programs - panel discussion with host and guests before live audience
  • Observe and assist in studio and field audio production
  • Observe and assist in interviews
  • Learn how to write program synopsis and web notes for NewsWorks
  • Learn how to transcribe interviews and log audio
  • Learn how to write, proofread and edit host scripts


  • Learn and improve skills in audio production
  • Meet and develop industry contacts
  • Receive "on air" credit in podcast
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced staff member
  • Shadowing opportunities with other staff members
  • Learn and improve interviewing skills and writing for the web
  • Learn skills of "booking" which is at the heart of any audio or video production that depends on getting guests

Newsworks interns will assist in developing multimedia news and feature content for Newsworks.org. Interns will cover community events, by text, photo and audio, and will work with Newsworks staffers on reporting and multimedia projects. They will also be responsible for finding and inputting accurately community event listings, and performing other small reporting tasks for the site. Night work will likely be required. Excellent writing and computer skills required; experience in gathering field audio and video, and editing those media (e.g. ProTools, Final Cut Pro) is a plus.

This intern will work with Newsworks news staffers responsible for social media and audience engagement to help extend the reach of Newsworks content, foster engagement and build audience. Intern will work closely under the direction of staff on executing Newsworks social media strategy. Previous familiarity with, and demonstrated responsibility in using, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Digg a requirement. Strong writing and copy editing skills preferred; intern will work to get user generated content into shape for posting on the Sixth Square portion of the site.

Newsworks interns will assist primarily with breaking news coverage, while also pursuing other stories as needed. Interns will assist reporters, interview sources, write scripts for on-air hosts, attend and cover news conferences, answer phone calls, set up interviews, and gather research material and sound for broadcast. Interns should have some familiarity with radio or television journalism, as well as with gathering field audio and editing audio (e.g. ProTools). Excellent writing and computer skills are required. Interns should also have the flexibility to do some night work (e.g. covering a community meeting).

NewsWorks - Health & Science / The Pulse interns may rotate among the following duties:

Reporting audio and web stories for the WHYY health and science desk. Interns will help seek out health and science related story ideas in the Philadelphia region. Responsibilities include pitching stories, researching story ideas, attending daily 9 a.m. news meeting, attending press events and writing daily news spots. Excellent writing skills are required. Audio recording and producing abilities a plus.

Assisting with Pulse production and promotion as needed. The Pulse is a one-hour, weekly radio show that airs on Friday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Interns will help seek out sound-rich health and science related ideas for the show. Responsibilities include working with H&S reporters and producers on weekly production tasks, researching story ideas, pitching story ideas, transcribing interviews, collaborating with producers on recurring segments and sending out weekly online media kits to help promote coverage. Experience with gathering field audio is a plus.

Interns should be able to devote two full days a week to the internship.

Newsworks web content intern would work under the direction of WHYY's senior web producer to post content to Newsworks.org, as well as to develop content (graphics, maps, package displays, etc.). Some familiarly with HTML, CSS, WordPress, Flash highly recommended. Familiarity with Javascript, PHP and Perl a plus.

Newsworks interns will assist primarily with community news coverage, and will also assist with the daily operations of the Wilmington news room, which includes contributions to Newsworks.org and to WHYY's TV news magazine First. The position will entail research, writing, and scheduling interviews, so excellent writing, computer, and communication skills are required. Interns may also be given the opportunity to get out in the field with reporters, greet guests, run the teleprompter, and take notes on broadcasts, so some training in journalism is also essential. Interns should also have the flexibility to do some night work (e.g. covering a community meeting). Self-starters and students motivated to learn this business will succeed. Must have transportation to commute to Wilmington, Delaware.

On Tour is an Emmy Award winning music and performance program recorded live on location at local venues in and around Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The On Tour series features regional, national and international artists performing a wide range of musical styles including rock n' roll, R&B, country, jazz, blues, alternative rock, indie, folk and classical. The hallmark of On Tour is the seamless weaving of intimate artist interviews with great performances. Previously featured artist include Randy Newman, The Indigo Girls, The Wailers, Booker T., Southside Johnny and many more. We are looking for an individual who has basic knowledge in television production, computers and experience using and creating interactive social media. This person should possess strong writing skills and desire to learn and perform each aspect of show production. This person should also have a passion and knowledge of music, music websites, and music venues within our broadcast areas.

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane is a live, two-hour daily news and information call-in show produced by WHYY, celebrating its 25th year. Show topics include local and national news and politics, foreign affairs, the economy, health and science, and arts and culture. Interns assist with all aspects of producing live radio shows, from topic and guest research to prepping studio to editing clips to archiving. Interns are also deeply involved in developing social media presence for show, from taking photos of guests to Tweeting to exploring new frontiers of interactivity. Interns are supervised by experienced producers and receive research, social media and audio-editing training, among other guidance.

Each week on Voices in the Family, Dan Gottlieb PhD, is joined by guest experts and thoughtful callers, to discuss issues that affect individuals and society. The show covers the emotional and psychological implications of everything from children and religion to sexual abuse and the law, sibling relationships, hate groups and the impact of natural disasters. Interns would help in answering the phones during the show, identifying show ideas and finding guests. Ideal candidate will have an interest in public media, psychology, and mental health, and a propensity for research.