Job Opportunities

Associate Producer

BackStory with the American History Guys seeks an energetic, thoughtful, and creative associate producer to join the show’s production team. BackStory is a nationally distributed, weekly, one-hour public radio program hosted by three historians who explore the historical contexts of current events.

The associate producer will work with three other producers and a technical director, under the supervision of the program’s senior producer, also reporting to the senior editor. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of show production, including planning, research, scripting, studio and field recording, editing, and distribution of finished episodes. Duties also require extensive outreach to guest scholars, as well as in-depth research of show topics and cultivation of outside contributors for on-air content.

Competitive candidates will have extensive experience with audio and/or multimedia production software (preferably Pro Tools) and share a passion for making the study of American history accessible and relevant to a broad public audience. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing, conceptual, organizational, and decision-making abilities, have an active interest in current events, and feel comfortable engaging high-level humanities scholars and scholarship. A background or experience in the field of American history and journalism is preferred.
The position is based at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia; telecommuting is not an option.

Job posted until filled. Apply online at jobs@uva (University of Virginia Human Resources). Search position number 0618041. The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Digital Internship

Digital interns will be involved in a wide range of production tasks, with a particular emphasis on blogging and repurposing audio for our website. Interns can expect to devote a significant portion of each week to cultivating and growing the program’s social media presence. Other duties may involve helping to distribute and promote finished show episodes; developing and maintaining partnerships with other digital entities; and general administrative support. Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated strength in writing for a broad public audience, excellent organizational skills, and a thorough familiarity with a range of social media platforms and content management systems. Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to apply.

Ideal candidates will have an active interest in the field of history and in consuming—if not creating—public radio-style content. Interns can expect to leave with basic training in public radio and podcast production. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the four-month internship will take place at BackStory’s Charlottesville, VA offices (located at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities). We intend to be as flexible as possible with scheduling, but interns will be expected to devote 8-12 hours per week to the program during the academic school year. Digital Interns are unpaid but may receive one academic credit through the University of Virginia.

All interns will have the opportunity to participate in editorial meetings and assist with all stages of program production. Interns will receive basic training in Pro Tools (the industry standard for digital audio editing) and studio engineering practices. Self-starters who display an interest in field reporting may also have the opportunity to report, voice, and produce stand-alone segments for the radio show.

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 Digital Editor Diana Williams at dlw5d@virginia.edu, with the subject line “Digital Internship.” 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 your “media diet,” especially the news and information websites you frequent the most. If you have any favorite radio shows or podcasts, we’d especially like to hear about them and why you enjoy them.

3. Provide links to blogging or writing portfolio.

Application Deadlines

Fall/Winter Internship
Application Deadline: Sept. 2
Notification: Sept. 8
Start Date: late Sept.

Winter/Spring Internship
Application Deadline: Jan. 29
Notification: Feb. 5
Start Date: early Feb.

Summer Internship
Application Deadline: Apr. 8
Notification: Apr. 22
Start Date: early June