Documentary Intern

Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Documentary Production Internship

Capital Public Radio


The View from Here (TVFH) is a California-based multimedia documentary series exploring first-person stories of people coping with change and responding to the challenges of our times. It highlights people seeking solutions and making a difference in their communities. The solid journalism and sound-rich production of TVFH has garnered regional and national recognition.  Community engagement is at the heart of TVFH, as we work collaboratively with community partners to discover, understand and give voice to community needs, values and aspirations.   You can experience our work at

The documentary team is based in the Capital Public Radio newsroom on the campus of Sacramento State University.  Interns spend 10-15 hours per week assisting the senior producer and community engagement specialist with professional-quality research, production and promotion that make each documentary project a success.

A typical day at TVFH might include attending the morning news meeting, posting audio, photos and text to our community media website (here are two examples:  and, gathering information about our current documentary topic, composing a week’s worth of Tweets about our work, scheduling community activities, updating the documentary contacts list on Google Drive, and proofreading web copy.

By the end of the internship, you’ll have a better understanding of the documentary production process, including how to involve and engage community partners. By the end of the semester, you’ll have worked hard to earn college credits, a $500 stipend and a professional media experience worth putting on your resume.

Former interns talk about working at The View From Here:

TVFH Interns are self-motivated individuals with excellent communications skills who are able to work independently inside a busy newsroom. They are interested in using media to explore social issues and use stories to spark community dialogue and problem solving.  TVFH interns are excited to be part of a team that involves journalists and community leaders to support the mission of public radio.

A strong application includes a compelling cover letter that shares some of your personal story and your educational goals. After reading your letter, we’ll understand why you would make a great addition to our documentary team. Your writing samples and links to media will demonstrate outstanding communication skills, whether in writing, in-person, on-air or online. A solid resume will list your work experience and technical or media skills. Familiarity with PC, Excel, Word, Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter is a must. (We’ll provide plenty of learning opportunities on other platforms.) You must be enrolled for a minimum of 2 college internship credits as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Application is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Submit a cover letter, resume and supporting materials to Capital Public Radio. Interviews for finalists will be set up after these materials are received. Here are the details:


1.  Cover Letter

Your cover letter for TVFH internship must include:

  • The name of your college or school.
  • Your graduate or undergraduate academic area(s) of study.
  • Name and contact information of your academic or internship advisor.

Please answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in an internship with The View From Here at Capital      Public Radio?
  • How do your classes and work experience relate to the internship position you are applying for?
  • What do you hope to gain from your internship?
  • What can Capital Public Radio’s documentary team hope to gain from you?
  • How do you plan to use the skills you develop at Capital Public Radio in the      future?

2.  Resume

  • Please provide a current resume.

3.  Supporting Material

  • Please attach electronic files or links to writing samples of news reports, blogs      or essays and multimedia samples of audio or video production. Be sure to state your role in all samples.


Submit cover letter, resume and supporting material to:

Human Resources

Capital Public Radio

7055 Folsom Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95826

Fax 916-278-8989