Wyoming Public Radio Internships
Public radio stations are recognized for nationally renowned programs like Morning Edition or This American Life, or for award-winning local programs like Open Spaces. They are known locally for community services like public service announcements, weather and emergency updates, and local news. There is one critical public radio service, though, that is not readily visible to the listener. This service is training students through internships.
Wyoming Public Media has an Internship training program that involves students, many of them from the University of Wyoming. They come from a variety of disciplines, and work alongside our professional staff as assistants in the news department, fundraising, technology, and administration. The experience they gain helps launch their media careers, or gives them invaluable skills that translate into a variety of disciplines. For example, interns learn to write concisely, meet deadlines, use audio and basic video equipment, produce content to national standards. They learn proper techniques of research and analysis, and they interview artists and experts in a variety of fields. For those working in news, the ability to think critically and approach issues from multiple perspectives is a skill that transfers to all aspects of work and life.
WPM is proud to offer internships, and help students acquire new skills. Now and then we discover a budding “public radio junkie” who learns the business, and decides to follow us into the public radio world. We’re delighted to help these individuals find a passion and career in public broadcasting.
- Wyoming Public Media available internships
- View University of Wyoming internship guidelines
- Meet Wyoming Public Media's current interns on our Intern Page and Volunteer Page
Wyoming Public Media follows federal guidelines for interns and volunteers
- Fact Sheet # 71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act
- Fact Sheet Fact Sheet #14A: Non-Profit Organizations and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Here's an inside look at being an intern for Wyoming Public Radio
Past Wyoming Public Media Interns and their Semester-End Projects
Information on interns from previous years, is available by request.
2022 Wyoming Public Radio Interns' Semester-End Projects
Jacquelyn Mead’s Spring 2022 Digital Internship
When I started the internship with Anna I never expected to learn as much as I did, I am grateful that Ivy was willing to take me on as an intern as well. Both Anna and Ivy taught me more than I would have gotten from a classroom, I was able to fully use what I have learned and the skills they taught me I will be able to use for the rest of a career and future. I am grateful to everyone at WPR for this internship.
2021 Wyoming Public Radio Interns' Semester-End Projects
Friday Otuya’s Fall 2021 News Internship
Working with Wyoming Public Radio has been one of the great joys of my time in Laramie. It has been fulfilling reporting on interesting subjects to our listeners. I remember being stopped a couple of times on campus and being asked: "Are you Friday?"
I'm grateful for the opportunity.
Listen to Friday’s semester project.
Ashley Piccone’s June 2020 – May 2021 News Internship
As an astronomy PhD student and public radio enthusiast, I was thrilled to be a science intern at WPR. I learned so much about science communication and radio storytelling, and I gained invaluable relationships with other reporters. I produced dozens of news spots and features on the Open Spaces podcast. My time at WPR has inspired me to pursue science communication as a career, and after a year at WPR I was selected as a 2021 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow. As a fellow, I'll continue working in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, CO. After I finish graduate school, I hope to use my science and radio background to break into science podcasting!
Ashley Piccone was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellowship for the summer at KUNC in Greeley, Colorado. According to Ashley, "My time at WPR has inspired me to pursue science communication as a career." After she finishes graduate school, Ashley hopes to "use her science and radio background to break into science podcasting!"
Listen to Ashley’s spring semester project.