Climate Watch Intern

Posted On: March 17, 2011

Journalism Internship

Media Organization: KQED

Company Description

KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service. Listen on 88.5 FM or Comcast channel 960 in San Francisco, 89.3 FM in Sacramento, 88.3 FM in Santa Rosa and 88.1 FM in Martinez. KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and 89.3 FM also broadcast in analog and HD Radio technology. Stream programs live and download archives and audio podcasts at, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.

Job Description

Climate Watch Internship

Internship Summary:
Climate Watch is a KQED multi-platform series that explores climate science and policy from a California perspective through reporting for radio, web, and TV. The Climate Watch intern supports Climate Watch coverage primarily for radio and web, although occasional television opportunities are available. In addition to supporting the Climate Watch staff with ongoing coverage, interns are expected to develop related projects of their own with the goal of producing them for the web and/or broadcast. Interns will receive practical experience combined with seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. Topics will include:

Use of field recording equipment; audio recording in various settings

Use of editing software

Development & production of radio & television segments

Development of multimedia projects for the web (interactive features including maps and slideshows)

Writing for the web (Climate Watch Blog)

Posting of audio/video content to Web

Duties Include:
Research stories for radio, web, and television
Monitor CW inbox, email alerts, and press releases
Research web features and tools for multimedia projects
Assist reporters by logging interviews
Attend editorial meetings, schedule permitting
Assist reporters & producers in the field
Archive files, notes and materials associated with Climate Watch content
Help with some clerical tasks as needed
Reporting and producing personal projects
Internship Qualifications:
Strong interest in science & environmental issues and a passion for public broadcasting
Interest in online media, interactive storytelling, and blogging
Some experience with any of the three platforms: radio or TV broadcast or web production
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to adapt from project to project
Highly motivated and comfortable reaching out to story sources
Ability to work independently according to tight deadlines and to balance multiple assignments.
Ideal candidate has some knowledge of climate science and California policy, experience in journalism, interest in promotion through social media, and familiarity with WordPress, Photoshop, and online mapping software such as GoogleMaps and/or AMMaps.

To Apply

Application Procedure:
Applications may be submitted for the Spring, Summer, or Fall term internships. Please indicate which term and which radio internship program that interests you.
Please send detailed cover letter, resume and two writing samples. If applicable, please also send links to any multimedia projects as well as a list of classes taken relevant to this internship.
For applicants to multiple Public Radio Internships - Please submit one joint package for all the internships you're interested in. The package should include your resume, the required materials for each internship, and a cover letter describing and comparing your interest in the different opportunities. Please label CLEARLY your supplemental materials for each internship in this application packet.

Please email your complete application packet to: