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Documentary Internship

Posted: May 8, 2018

Fall 2018


The View From Here (TVFH) creates thought-provoking first-person documentaries and digital stories that inspire us to learn, understand and respond. We build stronger communities with artful, relevant storytelling that connects us to each other's experiences, challenges and dreams. 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. Experience our work: theviewfromhere.org.

The documentary team is based in the Capital Public Radio newsroom on the campus of Sacramento State. Interns spend 16 hours per week assisting the documentary producer and community engagement strategist with professional-quality research, production and promotion that make each 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: www.hiddenhungerstorybooth.com  and http://www.capradio.org/209talks), 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 community partners and engage audiences online and via public dialogue events. You’ll work at a professional level while earning college credits, a modest stipend and experience worth putting on your resume.

Former interns talk about working at The View From Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbRHzQi3NtE

TVFH interns are self-motivated individuals with excellent communications skills who are able to work independently inside a busy newsroom. You are interested in using media to explore social issues and stories to spark community dialogue and problem solving.  Community organizing or event organizing is a plus. 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 community-engaged documentary team. Your writing samples and links to media will demonstrate outstanding communication skills, whether in writing, community development, event organizing or social media. A solid resume will list your work experience and community engagement 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?
  • Are you more interested in news production or community media/engagement (you may be able to do both but often you'll be assigned to one more than the other).
  • 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 an updated, current resume.

3. Supporting Material

  • Please attach electronic files or provide 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