Internships at Chicago Public Media

Looking for an internship in public radio? Chicago Public Media offers internships with a focus on radio production and reporting. Be an intern on our show Sound Opinions, learn how to research and book guests on Vocalo or The Morning Shift. Attend press conferences, get sound bites from local politicians and cover breaking news for our newscasts.
Interns have an opportunity to learn about various aspects of talk show producing or reporting while gaining hands-on experience in a major market media institution. These are not coffee getting internships.  Unless you really like coffee.

Internship Calendar

Internships are offered twice a year and last about six months.
  • January through the end June
  • Last week of June through the middle of December (apply via our careers page).

We do not offer internships that last only during the summer semester, unless we have a partnership with an educational institution or a third party organization. 

Who can apply?
Our internship program mainly caters to those who are enrolled in, or recently graduated from a journalism or communications program.  Potential interns should have had some prior exposure to journalism, either through previous internships or student media.  Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

How can I apply?

You can apply for open internships on our careers page only during application season. We also posted a very detailed guide about our application process and what makes a good internship application

Internship details

Chicago Public Media offers internships at our location on Navy Pier. All of our internships are part time, paying $11.00 an hour. Internships are not available on evenings or weekends. 

Internships with our friends

Information about Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and the This American Life Production Fellowships are located on their sites.