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 November 15.
Summer Session: June through August — Applications postmarked April 30.
Fall Session: September through December — Applications postmarked by September 1.

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

The ideal candidate will have an interest in gaining experience in non-profits, communications or event planning; strong writing skills; comfort in speaking on the phone; ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies; a willingness to travel off-site some of the time (though a car is not necessary); and be available (on occasion) to assist at events that occur in the evening or on the weekend. Communications and Marketing majors are preferred.

The Community Relations intern will:

  • Assist in promoting WHYY’s events in the community and learn how to:
    • Develop ideas for events
    • Research potential community partners to assist in event promotion
    • Assist WHYY staff at various networking events and in generating ideas for new community partners and companies for us to work with
  • Assist in acquisition of in-kind donations and learn how to:
    • Create prospect lists for different in-kind donation needs
    • Develop a plan for acquiring in-kind goods
  • Assist in implementing existing member benefit programs and developing new ideas for member cultivation and engagement
  • Learn how to build a guest list for ticketed and free-of-charge events
  • Learn how to plan and implement a successful event from start to finish
  • Learn how to conduct research on past event performance and member perception of WHYY and its events

(Time commitment: Approximately 12-15 hours per week, flexible on which days)

Instructional Assistants will learn from WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons staff as they assist with project coordination and instruction by serving as second instructor in a classroom of 10-15 high school students who are learning video production.

Ideal candidates will 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.

Instructional Assistants intern will learn to:

  • Shoot video;
  • Record audio;
  • Edit with Final Cut Pro;
  • Compose shots;
  • Edit documentary-style productions.

Instructional Assistant interns will become familiar with:

  • Basic classroom management;
  • Student-centered exploratory projects;
  • How to assist with student production.

Afternoon and evening availability requested. (CBC and CAC required upon acceptance).

The Pulse is a one-hour, weekly radio show that airs on Friday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. It is a production of WHYY's Health and Science desk.

Excellent writing skills are required. Audio recording and producing abilities are a plus as well as experience with gathering field audio.

Health & Science / The Pulse interns will:

  • Learn to report audio and web stories for the WHYY health and science desk;
  • Assist reporters in seeking out health and science related story ideas in the Philadelphia region;
  • Learn to pitch stories and to research story ideas;
  • Attend press events and learn to write daily news spots;
  • Help seek out sound-rich health and science related ideas for the show;
  • Assist H&S reporters and producers on weekly production tasks;
  • Learn to research story ideas and to pitch story ideas;
  • Assist in transcribing interviews;
  • Will collaborate with producers on recurring segments;
  • Assist in sending out weekly online media kits to help promote coverage.

Interns should be able to devote two full days a week to the internship.

We offer two kinds of internships in the radio newsroom. Interns for both roles in the newsroom must be motivated and able to learn new skills quickly.

  1. NewsWorks Tonight: Interns should have demonstrated experience in journalism, radio/multi-media preferred. They should also be assertive and comfortable calling people on the phone to help secure people for show interviews. Interns will:
    • Learn how to record interviews, select sound bites for use in broadcast and use audio editing software (Pro Tools) to cut that sound.
    • Research ideas for interviews for the show and provide background to producers and host for interviews.
    • Sometimes conduct "person on the street" interviews.
    • Learn what it takes to get a daily news show on the air.

  2. Newsroom: Interns should have demonstrated experience in journalism, radio/multi-media preferred. They should also be assertive and comfortable calling people on the phone to help secure people for show interviews. They must be a fast learner on the technical side. Interns will:
    • Learn how to report a simple story, cut sound bites for use on air and write simple web and radio reports.
    • Interns who show promise will be able to voice a story for air, but that is NOT a guarantee.
    • Learn how to produce audio in Pro Tools.
    • Go out on assignment with reporters as an extra set of hands.

During the academic year, interns must be able to put in at least 2 full days or a combination of 20 hours in good sized blocks. In summer, a minimum of 3 full days is required.

NewsWorks-Podcast interns will:

  • Research and suggest potential podcast guests.
  • Research and pitch program topics, contact and schedule guests.
  • Develop contact list of potential guests and sources.
  • Assist in live event production of special programs - panel discussion with host and guests before live audience.
  • Observe and assist in studio and field audio production.
  • Observe and assist in interviews - interns will contribute questions for guests.
  • Write program synopsis and web notes for NewsWorks.org.
  • Transcribe interviews and log audio.
  • Write, proofread and edit host scripts.

Internship Benefits:

  • Learn and improve skills in audio production.
  • Meet and develop industry contacts.
  • Receive "on air" credit in podcast.
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced staff member.
  • Shadowing opportunities with other staff members.
  • Learn and improve interviewing skills and writing for the web.
  • Learn skills of "booking" which is at the heart of any audio or video production that depends on getting guests.

The ideal candidate should have strong working knowledge and demonstrated use of major social media platforms, as well as a basic working knowledge of photo editing software e.g. Photoshop and a basic understanding of analytics (ChartBeat, Google Analytics).

Familiarity with customer-facing social media (that is, not closed channel platforms like YikYak and WhatsApp) is a must. In other words, if you aren't on Facebook and just joined Twitter, this may not be for you.

The idea candidate should possess an engaging, professional social media voice and skill using social media to position news stories and other content.

The NewsWorks-Social Media intern will:

  • Learn new social media skills including creating shareable content;
  • Learn back-end social media skills including managing a Facebook page, a branded Twitter account and promotion on each;
  • Have the opportunity to create original social media-based content -- our audience is smart and sophisticated, but they appreciate a good meme;
  • Learn to pitch ideas for content, and to communicate why a piece will work on social media;
  • Learn how to work in a deadline driven environment and to operate under pressure;
  • Work closely with Social Media Strategist to hone voice and skills;
  • Have an experience that will foster interpersonal skills, quick and creative writing, and exacting copy skills.

The NewsWorks-TV intern in the WHYY Wilmington studio will:

  • Learn TV studio production through our First recording session on Wednesday mornings. The student can observe the studio and the control. The student will assist through operating the show teleprompter.
  • Have the opportunity to research long and short term projects with the guidance of producers and reporters.
  • Will have the opportunity to observe avid video editing. As a part of the learning process will be able to do some hands on AVID newscutter practice.
  • Go out on assignments both through daily news and First magazine shoots.
  • Can learn about story construction through the logging of video and audio under the supervision of a reporter/producer.
  • Will be able to practice write web news stories.
  • Will be able to make story pitches based on student research. Take those approved pitches and report a multi-media news story that may appear under the student's by-line on the Delaware page of newsworks.org.

Time commitment - 2 days a week with a minimum of 6 hours each. One day should be Wednesday beginning at 9am.

Friday Arts is WHYY's monthly television arts magazine.

Friday Arts interns will:

  • Support the producers as they research, shoot and edit segments for the monthly broadcast and the expanding website.
  • Assist in transcribing and logging footage.
  • Act as production assistants on location.

Friday Arts interns will learn:

  • How to encode HD footage for release on the PBS website.
  • To process SD footage for delivery on a standard DVD.
  • To assemble a small portfolio of web videos that they themselves edited.

Those with experience using Final Cut Pro 7 are especially welcome.

On Tour 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 hallmark of On Tour is the seamless weaving of intimate artist interviews with great performances.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, be dependable and flexible, with a basic knowledge of television production. Good communication and organizational skills are a must. Interns are encouraged to attend shoots, but it is not a requirement.

The On Tour intern will:

  • Learn elements of producing On Tour including pre-production, production and post-production;
  • Have the opportunity to work with social media for promotion of the program,
  • Have the opportunity to research various featured artists and develop interview questions;
  • Learn how to put together a television script by evaluating interview and performance elements;
  • Have the opportunity to attend On Tour shoots at live concerts, and attend artist interviews;
  • Learn first-hand how to work with production managers at the various venues during a production.

Time commitment -- looking for 2 days per week - 10am- 4pm

Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb

The ideal candidate will have strong research skills and be well organized. Interest in radio production and/or psychology preferred. A professional speaking voice and ability to converse comfortably on the phone essential.

The Voices in the Family intern will:

  • Be an active participant in the weekly production of a live radio show including screening callers for on air conversation with the host;
  • Interact with host Dr. Dan Gottlieb, a leader in the mental health profession;
  • Have the opportunity to experience all aspects of a live radio show including pitching ideas, booking and pre-interviewing guests as well as some pre-produced aspects such as recording promos;
  • Use academic skills to review material and write a synopsis for the host as well as discover new research in the field;
  • Learn how to work in a deadline driven environment and to operate under pressure;
  • Have an experience that will foster interpersonal skills.

Time commitment ~~ looking for 1.5 - 2 days per week. Monday morning is live show and attendance from 10 AM until 1:30 PM is essential. Some research can be done on pre-determined scheduled off premises.

The ideal candidate must have good speaking voice and feel comfortable talking on the phone. Good organizational skills are 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.