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 8: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.

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

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


KPFA News Training Program

KPFA 94.1 FM offers a twice a year course in radio journalism. it covers news writing, interviewing, digital recording and editing, equipment use and field reporting. The training is followed by a minimum six months internship, working one day a week on the Pacifica Evening News at 6 pm, which is broadcast in San Francisco Bay Area on KPFA, in Los Angeles on KPFA and in the Central Valley on KFCF. The internship requirement also can be fulfilled by working on the KPFA Weekend News at 6 pm.

The course lasts from seven to ten weeks depending on class size and is held each fall and late winter with an occasional summer session. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10 pm. For more information or an application email or call 510 848 6767 ext 228 and spell out your name and address, including a zip code.

The course is taught by long time KPFA News Co-Director Mark Mericle.

News Department Internships

With the KPFA News Department as an unpaid field reporter contributing stories to the daily, hour-long statewide Pacifica Evening News. Participants must commit to working at least three full weekdays a week for at least two months. We will provide basic training and lots of on-the-job training in radio journalism. There is no stipend; we will reimburse for travel expenses to assignments. College credit available for those who can arrange it with their institution. (For regular internships of six months please see the News Training Program listing under the “About KPFA” heading.”)

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The deadline for submissions of applications for the Spring training class is February 28th.


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