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Employment at WTTW11, Chicago's Public Media

Employment at WTTW - Public Media Chicago

POSITION: 98.7WFMT Introductions Internship

Work in live radio! Introductions is one of 98.7WFMT's newest radio shows and spotlights the Chicago area's best pre-college classical musicians every Saturday morning at 11. Most shows feature soloists and small ensembles live in our studios and at least once a month we feature a band, orchestra or chorus (recorded in their home location and post-produced).

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General Information

  • 98.7WFMT offers internships year-round on a rolling basis. Length of internship and hours per week are negotiable, though applicants should be available most Saturday mornings at 9:30 to help with the show.
  • Interns must stay for the length of a semester or summer.
  • This is an unpaid internship. We will work with schools for student interns receiving credit, but receiving credit is not required.


Students of any major are encouraged to apply but knowledge of and passion for classical music and radio is essential. Music experience is preferred, especially if you have band, orchestra or choir experience. Good written and verbal communications skills are important. Familiarity with web editing (particularly with HTML), social networking (especially Facebook) and audio editing is helpful. Finally, as stated above, applicants should be available most Saturday mornings at 9:30 to help with the show. 


Possible learning opportunities include, but are not limited to: Writing for the Introductions blog, monitoring the Introductions social network, maintaining the WFMT and Introductions Facebook fan pages, writing weekly high school arts calendar scripts, adding events to and maintaining the online high school arts calendar, editing audio (for broadcast, the website or for podcasts), pitching ideas for audio segments, field recording "on the street" interviews, archive updating, event planning, audience management, contest/giveaway management, escorting audiences and guests, assisting with on-air pledge drives, marketing and assisting with live remote broadcasts around the region. While interns will work primarily on Introductions, they are also encouraged to shadow producers, on-air hosts and other staff.

Application Process

Interested students should email their resume and cover letter expressing their qualifications and interest in the internship to: jobs@wttw.com. Please reference "WFMT Introductions Internship/Attn: David Polk" in subject line of all correspondence to ensure proper routing.

Somewhere in your cover letter please write about some of your favorite radio shows/podcasts and why you like them (they do not have to be on WFMT). In addition, please state your preferred start date (approximate is ok). Optional: Supporting materials including but not limited to audio clips, newspaper clips, or links to online media.

Candidates may also fax or mail their resume and cover letter with optional extra materials directly to:

David Polk

Producer, Introductions


5400 N. St. Louis Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

Fax: (773) 279-2199

Candidates who are believed to be a good match will then be invited to complete an application and come in for an interview.

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