Published: February 12, 2014
Love BackStory? Then come help us make it! BackStory is currently taking applications for a paid summer internship focused on social media and some production work. Read through the details below, and feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions: backstory [at] virginia [dot] edu. We look forward to your applications!
Here’s the rundown:
BackStory with the American History Guys, the Charlottesville-based public radio program and podcast, is accepting applications from people interested in interning with the program. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the four-month internship will take place at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (located in the Boar’s Head Inn complex on Ivy Rd.) where BackStory is produced. We’re flexible schedule-wise, but interns will be expected to devote 10-20 hours per week to the program. Interns will receive a stipend prorated to the number of hours they work, not to exceed $2,250 in total. If you are a student, we’re also willing to work with your host institution to arrange for school credit for the internship.
The intern will be involved in a wide range of production tasks, with a particular emphasis on maintaining and growing the program’s social media presence. He/she can expect to devote a significant portion of each week to cultivating and participating in the program’s social media presence. The intern will also sit in on editorial meetings, and participate in editorial discussions with staff producers. Other duties may include outreach and marketing of finished show episodes, as well as general administrative support. Interns receive basic training in the use of Pro Tools (the industry standard for digital audio editing), and basic studio engineering practices. Self-starters who display an interest in and facility for field reporting may also have the opportunity to report, voice, and produce stand-alone segments for the radio show.
The ideal candidate will have an active interest in the field of history and in consuming, if not creating, audio media. We’re looking for someone with excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, as well as thorough working knowledge of social media practices and conventions. Digital multi-media production experience is a plus, but not required. Last but not least, we’re looking for someone who is excited by the mission of making academic material relevant and accessible to the public-at-large.
How to apply:
Send us a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at BackStory and what you hope to gain from the experience. Application materials should be emailed to Senior Producer Tony Field at email@example.com, with the subject line “Internship Application.” We also ask that you include a 1-2 page document answering the following questions:
1. Tell us about two of your favorite BackStory segments and why you liked them.
2. Tell us about one or two segments or shows that you think were less successful. What would you have done to make them stronger?
3. Tell us about your “media diet” (favorite magazines, TV shows, news sources, etc). If you have any favorite radio shows or podcasts, we’d especially like to hear about them and why you enjoy them.
The application deadline is March 15, and we’ll notify all applicants of their status by April 1. Start date is flexible, likely mid-May.