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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, placed in one package and mailed via USPS, UPS or FedEx to:
150 N. Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Download & complete the internship application (PDF)
- 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. The letter must be on letterhead.
- 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).
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 November 30
Summer Session: June through August — Applications postmarked March 31
Fall Session: September through December — Applications postmarked by July 1
Please allow us 4 - 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.
Internships are available for students majoring in accounting or finance who have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Duties include updating financial schedules, preparing journal entries, reconciling bank statements, analyzing general ledger account balances and assisting other department members on special projects.
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)
Students majoring in Human Resources, Psychology, Business or Management, and who are in their junior year or later, have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in human resources which will prepare them for jobs they will obtain out of college. Responsibilities include assisting staff with their administrative, recruitment, regulatory compliance, and benefits needs.
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 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 Canvas 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 Canvas 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 Canvas 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.
WHYY offers interns a great opportunity to diversify their writing skills, learn to write for different audiences, and build a solid portfolio of publications. Interns will assist the senior publicist with writing press releases and news stories for internal and external newsletters and messages for social media, organizing press clips, and other assignments. Strong writing, editing and organizational skills and an ability to meet deadlines are required. Students majoring in communications, public relations, marketing or journalism are preferred. A working knowledge of newswriting style is recommended. Applicants must submit three to five of their strongest writing samples, preferably in the form of press releases or news stories or both.
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.