WLRN Public Media

by rivan

PICS Organization Name
WLRN Public Media 


Miami, Florida

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation Available

Housing Provided
Yes, at cost to intern (market rates)

Former Interns
Clare Thornton '19, Allison Light '18

Organization Description
WLRN Public Media is committed to being the most trusted source of information and entertainment in South Florida's diverse community. WLRN is best known for its award winning public radio and television programs. It is part of our public service mission to train prospective public media journalists.

Internship Description
Interns at WLRN are trusted with the responsibilities of general assignment reporters or producers. You will be encouraged and expected to brainstorm and execute story ideas across multiple platforms. You will pitch your own ideas, do background research, arrange and conduct interviews with sources, write and produce stories for air on the radio and publication online through various media.

During your time here, you will experience digital news reporting and storytelling (using interactive tools to enhance audio packages, writing news and feature stories for the web, engaging diverse audiences through social media, producing live coverage in concert with broadcast programs, audio recording and editing) and audio-first news reporting and storytelling (field recording, interview techniques, narrative story development, writing for the ear, digital audio editing software).

WLRN's digital department offers interns the ability to learn how a news website for a large-market public radio station is run, all the while exercising innovative storytelling techniques. Our broadcast news operation offers interns the chance to understand the business from the ground up and hone in on the craft of audio storytelling.

Feedback and support are given through staff mentorships and strategic coaching. By working with staff reporters and editors, and attending workshops in the newsroom, interns develop professional journalistic skills and receive career training and advice.

Internship Qualifications

  • Must have a car; it is not possible to do this internship without a car
  • Solid understanding of journalism
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing journalism professionally
  • Interest in the news, writing and multimedia storytelling
  • Familiarity with WLRN Public Media
  • Familiarity with AP Style and ability to meet deadlines
  • Two professional references
  • Your own, reliable transportation


  • Experience with audio, photo, video editing or web design/programming
  • Familiarity with public media journalistic values
  • Spanish, Haitian, Creole, or Portuguese language skills

**Writing sample required: Cover letter + additional work samples

Expected Start Time
9:00 am 

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Background checks required as per Miami-Dade Public Schools and Miami Herald Media Company

The intern *must* have a car. This is not a place where it's possible to do a reporting internship using public transit. Students without a car should not consider this internship.

The intern must have a laptop that can handle digital audio editing software.

Interns should familiarize themselves with some basic tenets of audio journalism through Transom.org document "The Basics." (easy to find via search)

The should make sure to listen to WLRN stories and familiarize themselves with stories on WLRN.org and our social media feeds, so they come in with a strong understand of what we do and what they'll be doing.

Ideally, the intern should have Adobe Audition on their laptops. Some universities offer that to students through Adobe Cloud. If not, I recommend that the alumni organization consider providing that. If the have that program, they should familiarize themselves with how to use it via free video and other online tutorials.

Otherwise, they should download the free program, Audacity, and they should do a free online tutorial before beginning the internship.

**Writing sample required: Cover letter + additional work samples

Evaluation Excerpt

Though journalism isn't what first comes to people's mind when they think of civic service, working in public radio made me see that the news really is a leader in social change. Sharing the truth was the first thought in every reporter and editor's mind and the last thought as we drove home – it was encouraging to see how hard everyone was working to ensure accuracy in even the smallest detail. It was definitely an educational and enriching experience for me, as my first daily reporting job.
—Allison Light '18

I connected strongly with the mission of the organization. Through working at WLRN, I learned a lot about what it would take for me to become a serious journalist. Working at WLRN helped me learn more about what I need to do to become a better journalist. —Clare Thornton '19

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here