Knight Center sponsors paid public radio internship to cover the environment

Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism is sponsoring a fulltime paid internship at Interlochen Public Radio for an MSU student or recent graduate to report on the environment.
The internship is based at the station at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. Compensation is $1,000 per month plus housing and all meals when the cafeteria is open. 
The internship starts Sept. 9, 2016  and ends December 5, 2016. But dates are flexible according to the intern’s availability. The application deadline is July 29, 2016.
Responsibilities include:

  • Produce environmental news stories for public radio and the Knight Center’s environmental news service, Great Lakes Echo.
  • Produce related digital content.
  • Assist with managing the daily broadcast.
  • Find good stories about environmental science and policy and tell them in clear and compelling ways.
  • The intern will be closely supervised but will need to work on his/her own and learn to probe people for detailed information and connect ideas and facts to a larger context.


  • Some training and experience, even if largely academic, in environmental journalism; reporting and writing.
  • ​Experience with digital audio recording and editing gear is helpful but can be learned at IPR.
  • A current or former student at Michigan State University, preferably one involved with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Apply here.
Click on “Current Employment Opportunities” and then “Environmental News Intern.”  At the bottom of the job description click the “Apply Now” button.
Required documents are a cover letter/letter of interest, resume, audio samples of work and a current listing of three references. You can additionally upload these documents during the submission of the application by selecting “Apply and continue to upload documents” button at the end of the application. Please upload your documents in a pdf format.
Review of materials will commence immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.
The next step of the application process will ask you a series of questions, some are required by the EEOC concerning Protected Veteran Status and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability. For more information please view the following hyperlinks.
EEOC Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veteran Status
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
For questions contact Peter Payette, Interlochen Public Radio,, (231) 276 4446.