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Internship: Bay Curious 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.

Do you have penchant for hunting down the answer to peculiar things about your neighborhood in the Bay Area? Are you curious about everything around you? Do you often wonder what’s the history behind a story? Then come work on KQED’s podcast Bay Curious! With the help of listeners, Bay Curious explores the Bay Area, this fascinating place we call home, one question at a time.

We’re looking for an intern who enjoys clever writing, interacting with listeners and readers, and someone who’s eager to learn how to make audio stories sound immersive. Bay Curious is also trying to expand its reach in the Bay Area, so this intern should be interested in exploring new neighborhoods, uncovering untold history stories and encouraging listeners to ask their own questions about their cities.

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

Essential Functions:

  • Write copy for various platforms such as episode scripts, audio interviews, newsletters, and social media messages
  • Cut and edit audio in a digital audio editing software program
  • Conduct research for an episode, an article or interview
  • Record audio, potentially in the field, for podcast stories or interviews
  • Make calls, send emails and speak with story guests and audience members
  • Attend and participate in editorial meetings

Other Job Functions:

  • Participate and help plan live events that the Bay Curious podcast team and KQED staff produce for listeners. (These events are virtual right now.)


Knowledge/Experience Required: 

It’s okay if you don’t know how to do all those things. We’re here to help you learn. What’s most important is that you understand how to write well. Can you communicate ideas clearly on the page or in an email? Writing is central to what we do in media.

We also expect that you have basic communication skills when speaking or reaching out to people you are not familiar with. That’s because you will be asked to make calls or send an email to someone you’ve never met.

Knowledge/Experience Desired: 

It would be great if you had some experience editing or recording audio, but again, we can help with that. Some experience reporting a story would also be beneficial, but you’ll get that experience here, too.

Growth & Development Opportunities:  

As an intern with Bay Curious, you’ll get the chance to peer behind the scenes of what it takes to make a weekly podcast that’s steeped in audience engagement and narrative storytelling. You’ll learn how to offer editorial feedback to peers. You may get the chance to report a story for an episodes. You’ll sharpen your writing skills, and deepen your appreciation for listeners.


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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