The Dinner Party Download is looking for an intern in LA

LA internship with The Dinner Party Download. For college credit only – but a very cool show! Forward to your favorite West Coast learners. Details HERE and below.


Position Summary:


Do you have a passion for the arts, entertainment, storytelling, and music? Want to explore the frontiers of food and cocktails? Looking to make waves in public radio? (Do you have a high tolerance for terrible puns?!)  The Dinner Party Download wants YOU to apply for our fall/winter internship.

The Dinner Party Download is a national culture show, airing on 135+ stations, that provides listeners with all of the information and bon mots they'll need to "win" their dinner parties.  Each week's episode brings together interviews with leading entertainers, memorable stories, music, and food trends and serves them up with a fresh, irreverent tone.  This is an opportunity for interns to gain hands-on production experience with one of public radio's fastest-growing shows.

Internships will last up to 6 months. Interns work typically 2-3 days a week, for a total of 15-20 hours.  These are volunteer/unpaid internships and must be completed in conjunction with college-level course credit.

The Intern will be an integral part of The Dinner Party Download team. This job would be perfect for individuals with a deep interest in film/TV, music, books, theater, fashion and art. The DPD team is especially looking for candidates with experience in – or a passion for – the behind-the-scenes production work that makes for great radio (i.e. crafting/editing stories in sound).

Past interns with the DPD have gone on to develop their skills further via internships and (paid) jobs with KPCC, Snap JudgmentWeekend Edition, and, well, The Dinner Party Download.


Position Responsibility:

  • Sound editing: edit rough drafts of our Soundtrack, Guest List, and Eavesdropping segments.  (Prior audio editing experience is necessary as a foundation to build upon.)    
  • Research odd news and under-the-radar stories for hosts to discuss in their "Small Talk" segment, as well as for occasional appearances on the business show Marketplace.
  • Research details of historical events we could talk about in our History/Cocktail segment.
  • Identify potential bars/bartenders to pair with the history in our cocktail segment, and practice booking phone interviews with these guests.
  • Record and edit news clip montage to be used in our "Small Talk" segment.
  • Help identify upcoming artworks, people, events that should be on our booking radar.
  • Keep tabs on new books and other media coming into office, and add to database.
  • Log music used in each episode; post completed segments to Soundcloud.
  • There may be opportunities to do "tape synchs" (taped interviews with remote guests.)


Required Education and Experience:

  • Current college student or college graduate. Broadcast journalism, Radio/Film, English, Music, or Audio Engineering majors preferred. Others are still very welcome to apply. 
  • College course credit is required.


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Excellent written communication skills a must.
  • Knowledge of some sound editing (i.e. Pro-Tools, Audacity, Audition, DAVID, Dalet, etc) a must.
  • Fluent computer skills with the knowledge of basic Internet & computer standards.
  • Ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision. (The production team is small, which means there will be bouts of independent work interspersed with 1:1 guidance.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively & effectively with colleagues in multiple departments.
  • Ability to work with changing deadlines & in fast-paced environment.
  • Energetic & motivated to serve online audiences.
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines & quick turnaround.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • We'll provide training on how to use our equipment and DAVID editing system, but pre-existing familiarity with DAVID would be a nice bonus.
  • Openness to creating content for web and fueling the expansion of our site / social media.
  • Some background with field recording a plus.
  • Adeptness with Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets.


Reporting To This Position:                N/A


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation

Physical Demands:   

  • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
  • Required to move about in the community
  • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping

Working Conditions:

  • Moderate noise level
  • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

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