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Talk Show Intern

Posted: January 31, 2013

Capital Public Radio seeks bright, dynamic and motivated interns who want to gain hands-on, resume-building experience in a newsroom. Interns provide production support for Insight our public affairs interview program heard Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. on Capital Public Radio's News and Information stations.

FUNCTION: To assist with the daily production of Insight, Capital Public Radio's local public affairs interview program.

Reports to the Senior Producer of Insight


ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Works to identify topics and people to be interviewed on the hour-long program. Conducts research and background information on assigned topics, including pre-interviews of potential guests. Contacts and coordinates live interviews with guests. Greets and preps live guests for the daily show. Will also learn how to direct and engineer live shows, and how to edit clips and recorded interviews for playback.


DESIRED OUTCOME:  By the end of the internship, the student will have a full understanding of how a daily, live news and information program is produced and will learn about the functions of a major market news department.  The intern should be able to fully produce a 12-minute segment of the program from start to finish and be skilled at directing, engineering and editing a live radio broadcast.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent writing skills, the ability to communicate professionally with guests and an interest in the media and regional politics is preferred. Reliability, professional demeanor and appearance, and an interest in a broadcasting, journalism, public policy or related career are essential qualities of the ideal intern. We prefer students receiving college credit, but will consider all applicants. This is not an on-air position.



Interns are required to devote a minimum of two consecutive days per week, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Application Procedure

To apply for an internship, submit the following items to Capital Public Radio. Interviews for finalists will be set up after these materials are received.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter should include:

What internship opportunity you are applying for.

  • The name of your college or school.
  • Your graduate or undergraduate academic major and/or minor.
  • Name and contact information of your academic or internship advisor.

In addition please include your responses to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in an internship at Capital Public Radio?
  • How do your relevant 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 hope to gain from you?
  • How do you plan to use the skills you develop at Capital Public Radio in the future?


Please provide a current resume.

Supporting Material (optional)

Please supply any relevant supporting materials such as writing samples or audio samples if required.

Submitting Your Application

Submit cover letter, resume and any required supporting material to:

Human Resources
Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826


Fax 916-278-8989