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For more than 30 years, WXPN’s nationally syndicated radio program, World Cafe, has been the place where public radio audiences get their first “before they were famous” look at emerging musicians and connect deeply with legendary performers. World Café is distributed to hundreds of radio stations across the USA via NPR and can also be found on the web at worldcafe.npr.org (as well as wherever you listen to podcasts). 

Summer: May  – August  2024 
Fall: August – December 2024
Hours: 10-20 hours/week
Available in-person, occasionally hybrid

The World Cafe Interns will gain a firm understanding of the production process of a public radio music show, as well as serve as a learning experience for those interested in pursuing a career in radio, music production, or media in general.

Duties:

  • Compile press and background information on artists to help the hosts and producers prepare for interviews. 
  • Assist with artist hospitality when bands are being recorded on site.
  • Prepare and distribute World Cafe’s daily playlists, promos, and rundowns (information about what is in each show that stations who broadcast World Cafe need before the daily broadcast).
  • Transcribe interview content.
  • Assist the Engineer with recording live performances for World Cafe and during the Free at Noon concert series that WXPN hosts on Fridays.
  • Work with the Line-Producer to help put together the daily show using Pro Tools and other audio software.
  •  Create edited versions of songs in Pro Tools and put together initial edits of interviews/performances in Pro Tools under the direction of World Cafe’s producers.
  • Archive interview and performance session audio to preserve World Cafe content.
  • Plus, other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 10 weekday hours available, 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday.
  • Successful candidates will be highly motivated with exceptional attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work independently.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and work under tight deadlines is needed.
  • An interest in exploring a career in media/entertainment and a familiarity with the music of WXPN and World Cafe are desirable, as is any previous experience with recording or production equipment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 is preferred.
  • Experience using Pro Tools or other digital audio workstations is preferred. (An eagerness to learn is also okay)
  • In addition to your resume and application form, please submit a paragraph or list detailing your experience and skills in audio engineering and production (including any self-taught or independent experience, as well as any relevant coursework or professional work you have done).
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