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Internship: The California Report Magazine 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.

Listening to the California Report Magazine is like taking a road trip for your ears to meet the people and visit the places that make the Golden State unique. Every week, we bring you stories about real people and the sometimes extraordinary situations they find themselves in. We celebrate a range of experiences on our show, and encourage interns from all backgrounds to apply. We’re also looking for interns who are passionate about long-form storytelling, and amplifying the voices of people we don’t often hear from in the media. The 29-minute program airs throughout the weekend on stations across California, and is also available as a podcast. 

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

Essential Functions:

  • Research and develop potential stories, show themes and host interview segments to air on the show.
  • Initiate discussions with "The California Report Magazine" staff on your story pitches, and how you plan to report them.
  • Identify interview subjects, conduct pre-interviews, and book guests.
  • Conduct field interviews, record sound and provide producers with useable material.
  • Write accompanying web article for every radio story you produce, and assist staff on additional digital stories.

Other Job Functions:

  • Assist the host, producers and editors with production needs as assigned.
  • Help promote stories through social media.


Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Must have a background in audio production and storytelling, and follow current California affairs, events, and trends through news outlets and other sources.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Skills and experience in writing news features is helpful, but not required.
  • Knowledge of California related-issues and communities.
  • Familiarity or experience with podcast production.
  • Fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
  • Some experience in cutting audio using editing software (ProTools, Hindenburg, Audition, etc.). 
  • Social media skills.

Growth & Development Opportunities: 

  • Following the internship, many alums work in the newsroom in a range of positions – from filling in as a producer on The California Report Magazine, to being trained to work on other KQED News programs.


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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