Internships at WDET

WDET is looking for mature and self-motivated interns with a passion for learning about journalism and the business side of media. We offer opportunities in news reporting and photojournalism, social media engagement and marketing, audio production, sales and much more. There’s an opportunity for applicants to learn valuable, high demand skills.

WDET offers paid internships. Complete an application and gain the skills you need for a successful future.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information about our internship program

Internship Dates

Application Deadlines 2022

Fall: Early Decision: July 15; Deadline: August 5

Winter: Early Decision: November 15; Deadline: December 9

Summer: Early Decision: March 15; Deadline: April 15

Learning Descriptions

Experience the rush of covering breaking news alongside WDET’s team of award-winning broadcast journalists. Interns are given a foundation in the basics of broadcast journalism and the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience. Newsroom interns scour local and national headlines, interview newsmakers, report on events, record and edit audio, take photos, create digital posts, engage readers through social media and even produce their own feature story for WDET.

Learning Objectives

  • News copywriting
  • News selection
  • Interviewing
  • Fieldwork
  • Segments

Education

  • Students interested in journalism, communications and related areas of studies are encouraged to apply

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style
  • Understanding of journalistic practices, journalistic ethics and public radio’s core values
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Work under tight deadlines
  • Teamwork
  • Open to learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research
Detroit Today’s interns get a chance to see what goes into creating a highly-rated, professional, live daily radio show in a major market. Students work alongside a team of producers to help produce a live show, create web content, pitch stories and research and collect information.

Learning Objectives

  • Journalistic writing
  • Research
  • Show Logistics
  • Pitching (Internally & Externally)
  • Audio projects

Education

  • Students interested in Media Arts and Studies, Political Science, Liberal Arts, Law, History and Communications are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • Understanding of journalistic practices, journalistic ethics and public radio’s core values.
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Online content creation and engagement
  • Open to learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research on relevant content topics

The intern in this area will work with professional audio equipment to produce both music and news in a major market. This internship is a great opportunity for students who are pursuing a career in audio arts and have some prior familiarity with operating a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).  They will provide assistance when recording musical groups and interviews.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop skills with audio equipment to produce news and music
  • Develop audio techniques such as compression, equalization and conversion

Education

  • Students pursuing an education in audio and production are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • Attention to detail
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Open to learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research on relevant content topics
The intern in this area will research and generate lists of potential customers, help develop client relationships and retain existing accounts, assist in evaluating new sponsorship opportunities, maintain documents and sales records. The intern will have an opportunity to analyze sales and marketing data.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop knowledge of market research
  • Gain an understanding of the role of social media in sales
  • Gain knowledge of public radio marketing

Education

  • Students pursuing an education in Business, Marketing and Liberal Arts are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style
  • Attention to detail
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Open to learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Proficient with spreadsheet programs
  • Experience “cold-calling” to initiate sales or to follow-up on behalf of someone else

As part of the Digital Editorial Department, interns will explore the multi-disciplinary world of digital engagement and ensure that WDET editorial content is digitally accessible.  The Digital Content and Communities intern will develop brand awareness campaigns to promote WDET’s music and culture programs to the community through outreach and engagement via social media. The intern will develop promotional assets for music programming, assist with optimizing broadcast content for wdet.org and WDET social channels. They will collaborate with music hosts to identify new opportunities for digital amplification.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain practical experience as part of a digital content production team at a public radio station.
  • Participate in special projects that educate and resonate with WDET’s audience.
  • Learn best practices for producing on-brand social media account on behalf of a public radio station.
  • Learn how to adapt and optimize content for digital and social platforms.

Education

  • Students interested in Media Arts and Studies, Liberal Arts and Communications are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style
  • Understanding of journalistic practices, journalistic ethics and public radio’s core values
  • Strong Collaborator, with a track record of producing high performing digital content
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Online content creation and engagement  
  • Open to learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research on relevant content topics
Membership interns gain an opportunity to develop knowledge in the area of philanthropy.  They will participate in fundraisers and managing donor relationships.

Learning Objectives

  • Member interactions – from event activity to telephone contact, including problem-solving (12 interactions)
  • Composition of donor contact reports for the 12 interactions
  • Identification of stewardship touchpoints and development of eight touchpoints
  • Knowledge of the revenue streams that comprise Individual Giving

Education

  • Students pursuing education in Business, Economics, Marketing, Sales, Communications, and Liberal Arts, are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • Understanding of fundraising and non-profit organizations
  • Developing Donor Relationships
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Online content creation
  • Open to learning
Preferred Qualifications
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Familiarity with the public broadcast funding model is a plus
  • Ability to learn new software applications

An intern in the business unit of WDET, will learn skills that are essential in the administration of a public radio station and many other types of business offices. The intern will do data reconciliation, data entry, compile reports and assist with day to day operations of the business office.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn day to day business administration functions of WDET and develop an understanding of how it functions within a public university
  • Account(s) reconciliation
  • Account receivable and payable functions
  • Develop an understanding of fiscal operations and budget development/management
  • Develop an understanding of grant contract administration

Education

  • Students pursuing an education in Business, Marketing and Liberal Arts are encouraged to apply.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style
  • Attention to detail
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Open to learning
  • Report Generation
  • Data Entry

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/software skills
  • Familiarity with WDET
  • Ability to learn new software applications
  • Ability to conduct research

Frequently Asked Questions

An applicant must be 18 years of age or older and have work authorization in the U.S.

Please reach out to the Internship Coordinator with questions.
Diane Sanders — diane.sanders@wdet.org
The areas that are available for internships are News, Production, Digital, Audio, Detroit Today, Culture Shift, Membership, Sales and Business. However, there may not be opportunities during some semesters.
Yes, you can apply for more than one area. However, interns can only work in one area each semester.
Academic credit can be received for an internship. Applicants interested in receiving credit must submit an approved form from their advisor at the beginning of their internship.
Yes, you will have an interview if selected by the screening panel.
You will be notified by e-mail within 2 weeks of the application closing period for the semester you selected.
We recognize there may be extenuating circumstances and they will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please reach out to the Internship Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.
There may be limited flexibility. If you have a situation that may impact start and end dates, you should immediately notify the Internship Coordinator.
Internships are for approximately 14 weeks.
 
Interns are paid $12 per hour. The total compensation received during the internship is based on hours per week and the length of the internship period. Interns can expect to work up to 20 hours a week .
Your compensation will be transmitted from the Wayne State University (WSU) Payroll system. As an intern at WDET you will be classified as a part-time temporary employee, or as a Student Assistant if a student at WSU.
You will be paid bi-weekly.
Yes, you will have the same holidays off as other WDET Staff. Remember WDET serves the community 24/7/365. If there is a breaking story we may ask you to come in and work with the staff, which augments your learning of how media organizations operate. If you are a student and would like to have spring break off, we will accommodate that time.
No, an intern is not guaranteed future employment with WDET.
The hours can vary depending on the area of the internship.
WSU and WDET embrace a hybrid work environment. However, in real-time hands on experiences no internship can be 100% remote work. WDET follows COVID Health and Safety protocols of WSU. Additionally, WDET relies on its staff based Covid Committee to address health and safety issues in the radio station.
It can vary depending on your role, but proper casual attire is acceptable. Your supervisor will guide you on appropriate dress.
The work environment at WDET is relaxed but professionalism is expected at all times.
Yes, you are expected to do a presentation representing the learning you achieved in your internship at WDET.
You are expected to complete a campus daily screener when on the campus of WSU. We encourage everyone to engage in healthy habits, like frequent handwashing and staying home when sick.
Yes, you are required to attend an orientation. During the orientation you will learn station protocols, meet the staff, tour the station, receive your internship agreement and equipment where applicable.
WDET is currently developing an intern alumni association.