internships with Making Contact

Making Contact is looking for interns. Here's the inside scoop from Executive Director Lisa Rudman.

We are open to adjusting and customizing for a strong candidate. We especially encourage people of color and women to apply. We are perpetually trying to raise funds to be able to provide a stipend to interns. The internship is currently unpaid but we can sometimes pay interns per-special-project when we have a grant related to an area of work. Please encourage folks to apply so that all options can be explored. Thanks!

Production Internships

National Radio Project's Making Contact Internship

Making Contact is weekly, internationally syndicated, public affairs program, heard on on over 140 radio stations. The staff of Making Contact is small, but extremely talented, committed, and professional. We are seeking hard-working team players to help us produce segments and features for Making Contact.

The intern will learn audio editing, researching, voicing, script writing, interviewing, fact-checking and field reporting, and media distribution via traditional channels and social media.  This internship is unpaid. Small stipends for projects are sometimes possible when grants come through. College credit can be given, but is not necessary. We ask interns to commit 12-20 hours a week for a minimum of four months.

Skills and Responsibilities:

  • Must have excellent research skills. As a progressive media outlet, our mission is to interview and tap into the expertise of people who span the political and social spectrum, not just the conventional "experts" or “officials.” The qualified intern is responsible for helping us identify who those lesser-known yet valuable people and community groups are.
  • Ability to book and conduct interviews (in-person and phone interviews) and assist in script writing
  • Qualified individuals should have a basic knowledge of how to use a microphone, recorder, headphones, and how to plug into a multbox. If the candidate does not have these general experiences, he/she must be willing to be trained.
  • Some knowledge of Audition/Pro Tools/Sound Forge or any other applicable editing software is preferred.
  • Additional responsibilities include:  audio editing, selecting soundbites/clips, transcription, participating in listening/critique sessions and attending meetings, as needed.


  • Familiarity with community and public radio
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about current events. Includes some knowledge of human rights issues and cause-related advocacy groups.
  • Some journalistic experience a plus
  • Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. National Radio Project is an Equal Opportunity Organization and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, sexual preference, disability, national origin, religion, or economic status.

If you're interested, first please check out the rest of our website to see what we're all about. Then if you're really interested, please send us a cover letter and resume, along with the Production Internship Application. If you have print work samples and/or audio samples of your work, please include them as well.

Thank you for your interest in National Radio Project's Making Contact Internship.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Rudman at lrudman[at]

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