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WXPN Summer 2022 Internships
Editorial Content Writer
Hours: 10-15/week Available remote
If you have a passion for music, a background in writing and a working knowledge of social media, we want to hear from you. WXPN is seeking a Editorial Content Writing intern to work on The Key, the station’s website covering the Philadelphia music scene. Interns will write short-form posts covering new music, tour announcements, show previews, concert reviews, record reviews, news updates, and more.
Blog about music for the WXPN music blog including tour announcements, show previews, concert reviews, record reviews, news updates, and more.
Candidates should have a familiarity with the Philadelphia music community and a robust knowledge of current music in general, specifically the music played by WXPN. The ability to monitor trends both locally and nationally and pitch coverage relevant to our audience – both short form as well as long-form – is essential. Qualified candidates will have a background in music and music journalism (editing experience is a plus), must be conversant with the music blogosphere for information-gathering, and must have a working knowledge in online publication platforms (specifically Wordpress).
To apply include a cover letter, resume, and complete the XPN application. https://xpn.org/images/pdfs/wxpn_unpaid_internship_application.pdf You must submit three writing samples that showcase your voice in music journalism.
World Cafe Programming
Hours: 15 - 20 /week Available hybrid
Programming Interns support WXPN's NPR syndicated radio show, World Cafe, through a broad range of tasks including:
Artist relations: Host recording artists on site, load-in and load-out, coordinate hospitality
Prepare and schedule World Cafe playlists using Microsoft Excel and GSelector music scheduling software Write on-air copy to promote upcoming World Cafe guests
Create and distribute World Cafe episode rundowns (timings and cues) for affiliate stations
Compile press and background info on artists through extensive online research
Monitor World Cafe broadcast schedule and inform guests of air dates
Other duties as needed, including general clerical tasks
Applicants must have a minimum of 15 weekday hours available, 9am to 5pm. Successful candidates will be self-starters with exceptional attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work independently. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications preferred. An interest in exploring a career in media/entertainment and a familiarity with the music of WXPN and World Cafe are desirable.
To apply please provide cover letter, resume, completed XPN application https://xpn.org/images/pdfs/wxpn_unpaid_internship_application.pdf. Relevant samples of work are also welcomed.
Morning Show News Writer
15 hours - 20 / week (3 days/wk. 6:30am-9:30am EST) Available remote
Duties: Research and write news stories for XPN Morning Show. May be asked to attend city and/or suburban press conferences & record interviews. Position may include editing interviews into sound bites for newscasts depending on knowledge of digital audio editor.
Qualifications: Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidate should be familiar with XPN/NPR style of news writing, and be able to re-write copy. An interest in the music industry is a plus. Candidate must be enthusiastic and a quick learner, and be able to work with a minimum of supervision. Candidate must have basic computer skills and knowledge of office procedures. Knowledge of digital audio editing systems a plus!
To apply include a cover letter, resume, and complete the XPN application. https://xpn.org/images/pdfs/wxpn_unpaid_internship_application.pdf Relevant work samples are also welcome.
To apply for any of these internships, please follow the instructions at the Summer Humanities Internship Program homepage.