WVXU Student Internships: Join the Freedom Friends!

Cincinnati Public Radio announces Spring semester 2021 internship opportunities for area college and high school students, through WVXU’s educational outreach program Democracy & Me, and with academic support from the University of Cincinnati. We’re now accepting applications for three college-level internships (6-12 hours/week, paid $13/hour) and six high school-level internships (3-6 hours/week, paid $11/hour), with an emphasis on community voices underrepresented in public media: BIPOC, Latinx and non-Black POC, LGBTQIA+ and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interns, a.k.a. the Freedom Friends, will work primarily with CPR’s educational outreach coordinator, Julie Coppens, producing youth-centered content for the Democracy & Me website and e-newsletter, Democracy & Z podcast, YouTube channel and other media platforms, with some crossover to WVXU, our NPR-affiliated news station. Over the course of the semester students will pursue a wide range of digital-storytelling projects, both individually and collaboratively, that fit their unique skills, professional goals and interests (journalistic, cultural, creative, technical), and will be mentored by CPR’s professional staff.

Here’s a sample of what our inaugural class of D&M interns was up to this fall.

The Spring 2021 program will run for 15 weeks beginning Jan. 18, with most work done remotely and any in-person/field work following all current COVID-19 precautions. Scheduling is flexible, though participants must be available for weekly team meetings via Zoom (currently held 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays).

To apply for the Spring semester 2021 internship, complete this form or copy this URL into your web browser: https://forms.gle/QYfbr4XumJ4yaQKq9.

Internship candidates should be:

  • Passionate students of American history, politics, and media
  • Skilled, creative, cutting-edge communicators—in writing and speech, pictures and sound
  • Team players and peer educators
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Google apps and various social media platforms
  • College-level applicants should be working on a degree in communications, journalism, political science or related fields
  • High school applicants should have demonstrated interest in one or more of these career paths

Current fall interns are eligible to re-apply for the spring.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21