Operations Department Internship Program

The KPFA Operations Department Internship Program is a 6 month program designed to train individuals interested in producing radio and podcasts. Interns will learn and apply the skills of multitrack digital audio editing, engineering studio recordings, media management, website and social media content posting and promotion, line producing, board operating live and pre-recorded programs.

Internship session: June – December, 2020 – Still TBD Due to Shelter In Place

Commitment: 12 hours per week, 2 days a week.

  • Day 1: 10am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Day 2: 10am-4pm Friday – Program meeting, radio and podcast production training.

For more information click here

To apply: Contact operationstraining@kpfa.org with cover letter and resume by date TBD.  Please use “KPFA Operations Department Intern Applicant” in the subject heading of your email.


Internships: KPFA’s “UpFront”

The Show
UpFront is a fast-paced magazine-format public affairs program covering local, state, national, and international news developments. It broadcasts on the San Francisco Bay Area’s KPFA-FM weekday mornings from 7:AM to 9:AM.

The Work
Interns become a part of our production team: they contribute ideas during editorial meetings; conceptualize, research, and prepare segments; book guests, gather audio, and edit recorded material; post website descriptions and update social media accounts.

What You Get
We train interns on some technical skills (line production, audio editing) on an as-needed basis. Aside from that, you’ll learn how a daily radio program gets put together—by actually doing it. We’re a small staff, so we give interns more responsibility than most organizations. We’re committed to the personal growth of our interns: we’ll give you regular feedback and advice on your work.

KPFA’s training programs are well-respected at news organizations around the Bay Area, as this is where many of their staff started. This internship is also an excellent entrée to further work with KPFA.

What You Don’t Get

What We Require
Good writing skills, communication skills, and computer skills.

What We Like
Some previous experience with journalism or radio production. If you have experience using field-recording equipment, we may send you out on assignment from time to time. If you’re primarily interested in field reporting, however, we encourage you to pursue the 6-month KPFA News Training Program.

We are particularly interested in interns who will expand the breadth of UpFront’s coverage by bringing their own background knowledge and community contacts to editorial discussions. Women, People of Color, LGBTQ and formerly incarcerated persons strongly encouraged to apply

What You Commit To
At least three days per week (24 hours) for at least 10 weeks, or at least two days per week (16 hours) for at least four months. Most of our work happens during business hours. However, you may have to field returned calls and emails from sources after hours.

How To Apply
Submit cover letter and résumé to [email protected].

Students seeking Summer internships should apply by February 1. All other applications are considered on a rolling basis.



KPFA News Training Program and Internship 

Join KPFA’s News Department as a field reporter contributing stories to Pacifica Evening News.

Fall and Spring Internships begin with a radio journalism course covering news writing, interviewing, digital recording, editing, equipment use and field reporting. The course lasts five weeks. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The course is taught by long time KPFA News Co-Director Mark Mericle.

Following the training we accept Fall and Spring interns for a six months internship, working one day a week on the Pacifica Evening News at 6 pm or on the KPFA Weekend News at 6 pm.

We also work with Summer interns, who must commit to working at least three full weekdays for at least two months.  Summer interns do not participate in the Training Course but receive basic training and lots of on-the-job training in radio journalism.

These are unpaid internships with reimbursements for travel expenses to assignments. College credit available for those who can arrange it with their institution.

Click HERE for the Fall and Spring News Internship Application

Click HERE for Summer News Internship Application

For more information email [email protected] or call 510 848 6767 ext 228

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