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Internship: Forum Intern (July 2021-Dec 2021)

Deadline to apply for KQED Internships is May 31, 2021. If you are applying to multiple KQED internships, please state this along with the Internship titles in your cover letter.

“Forum” is the flagship morning news call-in show on KQED Public Radio. You’ll join hosts Michael Krasny and Mina Kim, and their team of producers in learning how to put together a live, fast-paced show, ranging from expert panels on the latest news, to one-on-one interviews 

with authors, musicians, artists & other engaging voices. Duties involve pitching show ideas, in depth research, comment compilation & moderation during the live show, answering phones, pre-interviewing guests, posting to social media, audio editing, working very closely with producers, and eventually producing a few of your own shows. The 6-month internship (July through December) is two weekdays per week, 8 hours per day. The internship is paid. While fast-paced, we have a friendly, convivial team and look forward to giving the next generation of journalists a peek into the world of radio show production. Applicants are all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. (While journalism experience is preferred, it’s definitely not required.) 

This is a paid internship, working 16 hours per week from July 19, 2021 through December 30, 2021.

Essential Functions:

  • Research program topics and offer show ideas 
  • Conduct preliminary phone interviews with potential guests 
  • Provide production assistance during live broadcasts 
  • Perform routine administrative tasks 
  • Create web pages and social media posts 

Other Job Functions:

  • Attend and assist with live remote broadcasts

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Strong interest in the news and a familiarity with Bay Area, California, national and international current events. 
  • Solid writing and communication skills 
  • Reliability and professional demeanor 

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Some prior journalism experience is desired but not required 

Growth & Development Opportunities:

  • Forum interns can expect to learn what it takes to produce a fast-paced daily public radio talk show 
  • Interns will be given real-world, hands-on responsibilities and get training in newswriting, interviewing, research and basic audio editing 


The mission that drives us: 

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential. 

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas. 

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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