KCUR offers structured internships throughout the year.
KCUR's internship program is designed to provide college and university students and recent graduates with opportunities to learn about public media broadcast, news and digital operations — you'll find more information about specific internships below.
KCUR offers paid full- and part-time internships during the summer, fall and winter/spring semesters. Internships pay $11 per hour, and interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between KCUR and the intern's college or university. Internships are temporary positions through the University of Missouri-Kansas City and are therefore subject to a background check.
- Summer program: March 15
- Fall semester program: July 15*
- Winter/spring semester program: November 15*
*If internship slots remain open, we may consider applications after this date.
Eligibility: Preferred candidates are journalism/mass communications graduate or undergraduate students or those who have recently graduated from college. Familiarity with public radio required.
The following is a list of internship positions available at KCUR. On the application form, applicants should indicate all internships they are interested in.
Up to Date Internship: Assists with the day-to-day operations of Up to Date, KCUR’s award-winning daily public affairs talk show hosted by Steve Kraske. Interns will pitch show and feature ideas, participate in production meetings, research show topics and guests, mix recorded promos and billboards, update the webspage, gather and edit audio, conduct pre-interviews and screen phone calls during the live broadcast. By the end of the term, intern will pitch and produce at least one show segment intended for broadcast on Up to Date. Strong research, writing, and organizational skills required. Basic HTML, social media and audio editing skills encouraged (we use Adobe Audition). Must work quickly, independently, well under pressure, and with constant deadlines.
Central Standard Internship: Assists with the day-to-day operations of Central Standard, KCUR’s 10 a.m. local talk and magazine show hosted by Gina Kaufmann. Intern will pitch show and feature ideas, attend production meetings, research show topics and guests, mix promos and billboards, update the website, gather and edit audio, conduct pre-interviews and screen phone calls during the live broadcast. By the end of the term, intern will pitch, report, and produce at least one feature story intended for broadcast on Central Standard. Strong research, writing, and organizational skills required. Basic HTML, social media and audio editing skills encouraged (we use Adobe Audition).
News Internship: Candidates should be interested in news and current events and be prepared to offer story ideas. Duties include gathering tape for morning and afternoon newscasts and story research for reporters and editors. Must be comfortable enough with computers to pick up use of digital editing software programs (Adobe Audition) quickly. Must have excellent writing, researching and editing skills, and ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline. Flexibility, initiative and creativity a plus. Journalism background is preferred.
Application Procedures: Candidates must complete an application form and email a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional and/or academic references and a work sample.
A work sample can be a writing sample or other materials, including produced audio or video pieces and published articles. Material may be submitted by providing web links.
All application items must be submitted as a complete package. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail applications to:
4825 Troost Avenue, Suite 202
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
KCUR is firmly committed to seeking qualified candidates for all job openings, to offer equal employment opportunity to all persons, and to take affirmative action to ensure that such opportunities are provided.
It is the policy of KCUR to be fair and impartial in all of its relations with its employees and applicants for employment, and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.