Apply for the Internship

Please feel free to contact Laura Hammond, Associate Director of XPD, at [email protected] with any questions. The application deadline to be considered for an MPR/Gary Eichten Internship is Friday, February 26, 2021. The selection process will begin that week with selection committee review and anticipated decisions/notification of internship awarding by April 1. 

Those interested in applying should submit the following items via the MPR Gary Eichten News Internship Application 2021:

1) One-page cover letter. This should include the following content:

  • Why are you interested in the position and how will it parallel personal interests and current educational pursuits?
  • What experiences do you hope to gain from the Fellowship?
  • Discuss an MPR news story that particularly resonated with you, and why.
  • Do you have the required and/or preferred skills and experience outlined withn the About the Position page? If so, be sure to include this on your resume and highlight pertinent skill sets in your cover letter.  If not, please explain how you would go about acquiring those skills.

2) Optional supplemental question. (Will be answered as part of the online application)

  • Describe an example of something in your background that gives you a unique life perspective.

3) 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;

4) 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.

5) Two writing samples: submit your strongest writing samples regardless of in-class or outside of class creation. This could include news writing, creative essays or other original, non-academic work. Research papers are discouraged. The strongest applications will include newspaper articles or non-fiction writing that demonstrates an applicant's ability to review a set of facts, find the most important information, and then write a clear, concise account. Any/all samples should be 1,500 words (at most). Podcasts or audio/visual materials cannot be substituted for writing samples, but could be submitted as supplemental materials.