Radio Internship Guidelines

Careers in radio are not only popular but are also competitive, so making a radio internship a strategic component of your career plans, is a wise choice. With an internship, you will get an insider's view of the industry, see the kinds of jobs available and make key contacts for future employment.

Types of Radio Career Jobs

There are more jobs available in radio than just the seat behind the microphone. Additional opportunities include:

  • Departmental reporting: You will be able to give colorful analyses of sporting events, report on live traffic conditions and relay daily news information on news like sports, traffic and weather reporting.

  • Producing/Directing : You will be in charge of show ideas, research, writing stories, operating the control board, interviewing guests and the progress of the on-air show.

  • Production : You will edit audio, commercials, PSAs, create drops and liners, and monitor the competition for format changes and dubs client programs and music audio.

  • On-Air Talent : You will be the voice behind the microphone listeners hear during your show time slot. You'll also do voice-work on radio commercials.

  • Sales: You will make advertising projects as well as research and place cold-calls to potential advertisers.

  • Promotion : You will create, implement and document prize fulfillment for on-air or on-site giveaway promotional events.

  • Marketing : You will work with the sales department to create marketing campaigns to promote the radio station.

  • Human Resources: You will be in charge of personnel interviewing, employee benefits and compensation issues.

  • Accounting: You will be responsible for billing, quarterly finance reports, contractions, filing contract logs, billing and budgets for promotional giveaways.

Sources to Search for Radio Internships

On-site radio experience is critical to getting employment after college but competition will be high so plan to apply for as many opportunities as you find. Tips for the search include:

  • College career placement offices.

  • Friends, family, neighbors with any radio contacts.

  • Professional organizations within the career field.

  • On-line search engines, career websites and even google.

  • Career/job fairs.