Job Opportunities

Digital Internship

Digital interns will be involved in a wide range of communications tasks, with a particular emphasis on blogging/writing and managing our web presence. 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. Digital Interns will also need to be strong writers and if not familiar with AP style, possess the ability to learn it quickly. Interns can expect to leave with basic training in public radio and podcast production. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the 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 and up to 20 during the summer. 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 if desired.

Marketing/Development Internship

Marketing interns will be involved in a wide range of marketing/branding tasks. Interns can expect to devote a significant portion of each week designing assets and writing campaign and newsletter copy. Other duties may involve monitoring/tracking analytics and using the data to compile reports and create new strategies, working with podcast publishers to promote the show and general administrative support. Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated strength in creating promotional material for a broad public audience, an interest in working with sponsors/donors, 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. Marketing/Development Interns will also need to be strong writers with the ability to create engaging, on-brand copy. Interns can expect to leave with basic training in public radio and podcast production. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the 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 and up to 20 during the summer.Marketing/Development are unpaid but may receive one academic credit through the University of Virginia.

Research Internship (undergraduate)

Research interns will be involved in a wide range of production tasks, but will take a central role in assisting the lead researcher with developing episode topics and show segments. Because the research intern will serve as a key source of background material for the program’s producers and historian-hosts, applicants should be fluent in a broad range of current historical scholarship. We welcome applications from current or recent graduate students in American history and related fields. Competitive candidates should also be able to demonstrate an ability to write clearly and compellingly for non-specialist readers, and share our commitment to making advanced scholarship relevant and accessible to a broad public audience.  Interns can expect to leave with basic training in public radio and podcast production.

 

Research 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 if desired.

How to Apply

Send a resume, writing sample (relevant for the position you’re applying for) 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 Diana Williams at dlw5d@virginia.edu, with the subject line “_______ 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.