VPM Internship Program

So, you want to be a VPM Intern?

VPM is a place where employees and interns alike can bring their most authentic, creative, and enthusiastic selves to the workplace — you won’t fetch coffee here — you will gain real-life experience and new skills while creating content that matters.  But, not only will you walk away with great experience to add to your work portfolio; when we can, we love to hire our interns, too.

In June 2018, our internship program was greatly expanded through the support of the family of Sarah Raybin Portlock.  Sarah, a digital media innovator at The Wall Street Journal, often mentored young reporters and was called to journalism in part by listening to VPM Radio/NPR on her daily drives to school when younger.  Sadly, Sarah passed away on November 6, 2017, and her parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, honor Sarah’s memory by helping support other budding journalists through the Sarah Raybin Portlock Fund.  Their generous annual donation helps support the ability to offer paid internship opportunities to students interested in journalism and news.  You can read more on Sarah’s story here

The Internship Program shares VPM’s mission and vision, and simultaneously helps interns gain real-life experience in the work place in media-related fields of their choice. 

Join the Team!

VPM is pleased to offer internship opportunities to students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies (or) students who have graduated twelve months prior to the time of application. High school students may also be considered through the Partnership For the Future program only. We currently offer internships in the areas of: News, Radio/Music, Production, Post Production, Digital, Marketing & Communications and Community Engagement. Internships are available for Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer semesters.

What you’d be doing:

VPM News/Digital News Internship: Tasks ranging from covering news events, writing/recording stories for newscasts and web, recording/editing community events, speeches, roundtables, etc. for broadcast and in some instances, you may work on a semester long feature storytelling project. This intern would work directly with the VPM Digital News department, a liaison between VPM News and VPM Digital as well. Other tasks could range from Video/Audio Production Assistance, drafting social media posts, creating visualizations to accompany reporting, to producing digital videos and/or photography, shadowing reporters and conducting interviews for audio or video stories.

VPM Music/Radio Internship: Tasks vary depending on the qualifications of the intern. Some tasks include assisting with interviews and live performances, helping create online playlists, and maintaining a calendar of local events.

VPM News/Radio Internship: Tasks vary depending on the qualifications of the intern. Some tasks include assisting with interviews and live performances, helping create online playlists, and maintaining a calendar of local events.

VPM Post-Production Internship: Tasks ranging from Post-production assistance, to transcription, media management, and video editing.

VPM Digital Internship: Tasks ranging from helping to develop graphics for social media and web, assisting team members in developing social media campaigns, project research, production assistance for video content, photography, to helping to capture and edit audio, and accompanying staff offsite to NPR, PBS, and interview/film venues. Other tasks can include creating social media posts, and occasionally writing articles and producing videos for our digital projects.

VPM Marketing & Communications Internship: This intern would work with the marketing and communications team. Tasks include assisting with development of digital ad campaign strategies and creative, writing and editing for print and digital communications, creating digital video or animation, and other projects as assigned.

VPM Education & Community Engagement Internship: Tasks range from authentically connecting with our community leaders, to at times interacting directly with experienced technical personnel, including production engineers, executive producers, multi-media reporters, leadership, etc. during the course of the internship. Additionally, interns are exposed to Industry specific-trainings and other personnel engagement events and get togethers.

How It Works:

All interns go through an application and interview process to be part of our team! This is great practice for the real world, too. Work schedules can be flexible based on class schedules and are typically 9a-5p, Monday-Friday, and hours vary between 15- 20 hours per week. Once selected, you would go through a similar new-employee/new hire onboarding as part of our real-life work experience here at VPM. All our Interns are typically paid $15 per hour.

Ideal Majors/Concentrations include Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Mass Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Computer Science, Radio & Television Production, Production, Video/Film, Communications, Media Arts & Design, Media Studies, Music Education, Music Performance

When to Apply:

  • Winter/Spring: January through May. Applications accepted October 1 – November 15.
  • Summer: May through August/September. Applications accepted March 1 – April 15 
  • Fall: September through December. Applications accepted July 1 – August 15.

Application Requirements:

  • Microsoft Suite Experience is preferred
  • Google Drive Experience is preferred 
  • Copy of your resume is required 
  • Copy of your Cover Letter is required 
  • Any applicable links to portfolio, writing sample, audio sample, or video samples, if applicable.

VPM believes attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission to create and serve a more informed public. 

Accessibility Note: If you are in need of an accommodation to complete the application for our internship program, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Human Resources department at [email protected], or 804-560-8102.