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MPR/Gary Eichten Fellowship

Ellen Bartyzal (CSB '17), Gary Eichten, and Amanda Furru (CSB '17)

Ellen Bartyzal (CSB '17), Gary Eichten, and Amanda Furru (CSB '17)

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Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is pleased to offer two student fellowships for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University at $5,000 each for full-time summer internships in the MPR newsroom. Next summer (2018), two CSB/SJU students will serve as MPR/Gary Eichten Fellows, with selected students completing an internship at MPR, located in downtown St. Paul. Fellows will learn the basics of news writing, reporting and production with a goal to write and produce material for MPR newscasts. This prestigious fellowship opportunity was created in honor of Gary Eichten, a 1969 St. John’s University graduate, who wore many hats during his award-winning, 40-plus year career at Minnesota Public Radio.

Selected Fellows will work full-time at MPR beginning June 4, 2018 and continuing through August 10, 2018. Students may elect to earn credits for the experience; those choosing to do so will work with the Assistant Director of Experience and Professional Development (XPD) on an individual basis to set up payment and assessment for credits earned. Prior to their commencement as Fellows, students selected must participate in a training seminar in May 2018. Finally, following their summer-long internship, Fellows will submit an audio-visual presentation highlighting their summer experience, as well as offer a poster presentation of learning to the community at CSB/SJU’s Scholarship & Creativity Day the following April.

Please note, students will not be allowed to have any other paid employment during the ten-week fellowship. Fellowship stipends will be paid directly to the student by MPR, along with reimbursement for parking or bus costs incurred.


Position Responsibility:

  • Learn writing, reporting and production techniques for radio.
  • Make calls to news sources.
  • Edit tape.
  • Assist with production.

 Required Education and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at the College of St. Benedict or St. John’s University with Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing as of Fall 2017.
  • Coursework must have an emphasis in writing, communications, English or a related field

 Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Awareness of current events, news topics and issues is essential.
  • Ability to follow directions and work under deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, curious, and detail-oriented.

 Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Strong writing skills preferred with previous high school or college newspaper experience or media work (writing and/or photography) desirable.
  • Experience in creating multi-media content and/or production experience.
  • Familiarity with basic production skills (audio or video editing) desirable, and/or some experience with online production and editing.
  • Familiarity with the use of social media platforms, computer graphics and/or data visualization helpful.

Please feel free to contact Laura Hammond, Assistant Director of XPD, at [email protected] with any questions. The application deadline to be considered for an MPR/Gary Eichten Fellowship is Sunday, February 11, 2018. The selection process will begin that week with selection committee review and anticipated decisions/notification of Fellowship awarding by mid-March.

Those interested in applying should submit the following items HERE:

1) Cover letter.

2) Résumé: include relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences, relevant course or other training, conferences or workshops attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages or computer skills;

3) References: names can be indicated via your online application. References should include full contact information for two (2) people who are able to give a holistic view on your academics, non-academics, skills, etc. Please send references the required link for them to complete your online reference.

4) Two Writing Samples: submit your strongest writing samples regardless of what they were used for (in-class our outside of class). This could include news writing, but could also include creative essays or other non-academic work. Pod costs or audio/visual materials cannot be substituted for writing samples, but could be submitted as supplemental materials.

**For helpful tips on writing responses for the supplemental questions, résumé writing, and interview techniques, please visit the Experience and Professional Development website: http://www.csbsju.edu/xpd/career/students/howto