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 February 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

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)

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 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.

The ideal candidate must have good speaking voice and feel comfortable talking on the phone. Good organizational skills are also a must. Interest in radio production is preferred.

The You Bet Your Garden intern will:

  • Learn radio production from start to finish including preparation, in-studio production, and putting the show together for final broadcast
  • Have the opportunity to learn audio editing using Pro-Tools
  • Learn to pitch show ideas
  • Learn how to work in a deadline driven environment and to operate under pressure
  • Have the opportunity to learn from a seasoned on-air host
  • Have an experience that will foster interpersonal skills

(Time commitment — looking for 1.5 – 2 days per week – Wednesdays are production days)