Internships

WRVO Public Media offers internships and work-study positions to students currently attending the State University of New York College at Oswego. All students, regardless of major, are considered for various positions at WRVO. We're also open to accepting students from other universities who live in the Oswego/Syracuse area during the summer.

Internships are typically unpaid while work-study positions pay hourly rates linked to financial aid allocations that vary from student to student (for more information contact the SUNY Oswego Financial Aid office).

These positions offer students opportunities to gain radio broadcast operations experience and develop professional skills that may be useful in future employment. Our interns leave WRVO with basic or advanced knowledge and skill in any of the following areas: audio editing and production, news writing and reading, on-air delivery, interviewing, live board operation and broadcast procedures.

To apply, please download the student internship application form below.  The application must be completed before it will be accepted for consideration. If you have questions about the application please seek assistance by stopping by the station, calling (315) 312-3690 or by emailing leah@wrvo.org.

Prior experience in either radio or news is encouraged but is not required. Students who are self-directed, driven, and eager to learn often gain the most experience from an internship at WRVO. Responsibilities are varied and tasks assigned are often key to the success of the station.

Students without prior experience are also urged to sign up to work in campus media such as WNYO-FM, WTOP and The Oswegonian before seeking a WRVO internship.

Applications can be dropped off at WRVO, 102 Penfield Library (the same entrance as the 24 hour room), scanned and submitted by email to Leah Landry, or submitted by mail to: WRVO Internships, 7060 State Route 104, Oswego NY 13126.

WRVO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Operations Internship: Operations interns work closely with our on-air staff and are engaged in a variety of activities that contribute to the overall quality of the WRVO broadcast. These interns are responsible for many tasks, including but not limited to: producing national two minute long modules for air each day; editing weekend promos, to make sure the timing of the following audio elements are correct; gathering local weather and, sometimes, promotional material for air; recording weather and other continuity breaks for air during the evening and weekend hours; digitizing old time radio broadcasts; recording interviews conducted by our news department; gathering and editing audio for our local 'Sonic ID' project; taking transmitter readings on the weekend to ensure that WRVO is operationally sound; working with and assisting fellow interns; assisting during our fundraisers and election night; and much more.

Our operations interns are often treated like employees and we ask that interns act accordingly. Our overall sound is a very important aspect of operations at WRVO and this requires all interns and staff members to perform to the best of their ability.

We are currently looking for operations interns for the spring of 2015. The deadline for spring internships is November 14.

News Internship: News interns work closely with our news director and other reporters. Assigned tasks include but are not limited to: gathering and rewriting AP wire copy for air; getting audio elements, text and images ready to post to our website; editing and logging audio and interviews; recording press conferences (in the field and by phone); writing and recording news stories to air during local newscasts; performing interviews in the field; preparing our public file; making calls to set up potential interviews and gather information for news stories; assisting during fundraisers and election night; and more.

Local news is one of the most important aspects of WRVO as we are a news-entertainment public radio station. Many of our listeners tune in to hear local news during drive times. We pride ourselves on the meaningful, unbiased news offered to our listeners. News interns should be prepared to contribute to the overall news picture.

We are currently looking for news interns for the spring of 2015. The deadline for spring internships is November 14.

Public Relations/Outreach Internship: A new position, the outreach intern will work to enhance the public relations and outreach efforts of the station. Duties include assisting during the freshman orientation program over the summer months and during key WRVO events with promotion, web and social media efforts. This intern will have the opportunity to learn and understand best practices when it comes to social media and writing for web. He or she will also establish relationships with local media and expand the reach of WRVO news stories and related content. They will also assist in updating and managing the community event calendar.

Potential applicants should have good communication and writing skills, as well as the ability to stay up to date on programming, NPR content and occasionally news.

We are currently looking for public relations/outreach interns for the spring of 2015. The deadline for spring internships is November 14.

Public File Volunteer: Those working on our public file assist in a vital part of our day-to-day news operations. This position requires attention to detail and a working knowledge of various computer software. Projections in which transcription of taped interviews is necessary may also be assigned.

We are currently looking for public file volunteers on a rolling basis.

We look forward to receiving your application!