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Community Engagement Internship

Posted: March 6, 2019


Fall 2019



Capital Public Radio, the NPR member station in Sacramento, California, is looking for inspired, multi-tasking go-getters who are eager to join our news team.

As an intern, you are an integral part of the news team and work under the direction of the Senior Community Engagement Strategist.

The Community Engagement Intern is a professional level position.

In 2019, your primary focus will be involving communities in our documentary series The View from Here (TVFH). Community engagement is at the heart of TVFH, as we work collaboratively with community partners to discover, understand and voice community needs, values and aspirations.   

Main duties and necessary skills

  • Helps build and manage community contact database
  • Assists with community/topic research, data collection and needs assessment
  • Assists with engaging community groups, networks, agencies and institutions in listening sessions, reporting process and storytelling activities
  • Assists in planning and organizing community storytelling events and activities
  • Assists in the function of the newsroom including, but not limited to, answering phones, proofreading copy, researching and notetaking
  • Professional competency in written and spoken English
  • Clear understanding of community development or engagement processes
  • Strong writing ability
  • Ability to work efficiently on strict, tight deadline
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams
  • Professional phone and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with social media

Other requirements

  • Our interns must be students. Internships run approximately a semester and we require at least 2 days/16 hours per week.
  • Community Engagement interns are interested in using media to explore social issues and use stories to spark community dialogue and problem solving


You will be stepping into a highly productive newsroom. Our reporters and producers are consistently recognized and awarded for excellence in reporting and broadcasting.  We are very proud to have past interns on our current staff.

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 gain professional media experience worth putting on your resume and earn a $1000 stipend.


To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter 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.

In addition, please include responses to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in an internship at Capital Public Radio?
  • How do your classes, work experience or community work relate to the internship position you are applying for?
  • What do you hope to gain from your internship?
  • How do you plan to use the skills you develop at Capital Public Radio in the future?
  1. Please provide a current resume.

Submit cover letter and resume to: careers@capradio.org


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Capital Public Radio

7055 Folsom Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95826