Jobs/Opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT PRAIRIE PUBLIC

Prairie Public Broadcasting Human Resources PO Box 3240 Fargo, ND 58108-3240 An online version of Prairie Public’s application for employment is available to download and print. Prairie Public is a EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Prairie Public Broadcasting seeks a Community Engagement Coordinator who will plan and implement community engagement activities; serve as the primary contact for viewer and listener inquiries; and write and distribute press releases and programming information. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field is required. This is a full-time benefited position. To be considered, please contact Pauline Holmlund /HR. • Primary contact for all viewer, listener and member inquiries: Receives, evaluates, acknowledges and responds to all unattributed mail, email, and calls. Maintains record of interactions and provides reports as requested of activities and services. Determines potential problems and opportunities and develops strategies to diffuse or capitalize on them. • Coordinates, promotes and attends public events: Responsible for scheduling the display booth and for organizing and ordering materials used for events such as Share A Story, Midwest Kids Fest, and more. Leads the Mister Rogers Sweater Drive project and the PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Takes photos and/or writes reports of organizational and/or community events. May be called on to help recruit and train volunteers for community outreach events. • Writes and mails news releases: Assists with internal and external communications by generating messages consistent to strategic communication plans through press releases, the web, personal contacts, Twitter, and other appropriate means. • Primary contact for listing and media services: Prepares and distributes the monthly television program schedules, which requires collecting, word processing, and editing program descriptions and ratings. Maintains file system of promotional photos and print information, listing service contacts, and media contacts in an accessible manner. • Prepares copy for the monthly member magazine, WAVES: Prepares the prime time, overnight, and day television program schedules for publication. Distributes schedules for Prairie Public’s other three digital schedules. • Other Duties: Should be able to carry boxes of materials, be thoroughly familiar with Prairie Public’s television and radio programming and services, and represent Prairie Public at events and meetings.

 

Internships

Prairie Public Broadcasting has unpaid and paid internship positions available throughout the organization. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, exciting environment, send your resume by email to info@prairiepublic.org, or fax it to 701-239-7650.

Production Assistant, Television – work with an experienced producer on projects in the production pipeline including both documentaries and live interview programs.
Network Assistant, Engineering – join the Management Information Services team, which maintains the corporate Macintosh network for 70+ users.
Web Assistant, prairiepublic.org – work with radio and television producers to create companion Web sites for on-air productions.

Education Services Internship

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers. Duties include promotion of valuable resources and services to educators and the community; assisting with organizing community engagement projects for pre-school and/or K-12 organizations; updating and developing content for several online multimedia websites; as well as performing routine office tasks which may include updating databases and print materials; digitizing video; writing website description; and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Bev Pearson at bpearson@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Ready To Learn Internship in Education Services

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers.

Duties include assisting with organizing and supporting of preK-3 literacy event grantees; promotion of valuable PBS Kids and other resources and services to educators and the community; developing partnerships with teachers, the community, and education organizations; as well as performing routine office tasks which may including updating the Web, databases, and print materials; writing newsletter/website description; assisting in development of exciting new regional preschool fitness and literacy project; and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Bev Pearson at bpearson@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Individually Designed Internship – Radio Some interns work with us to design a set of activities that match the intern’s interests and skills with our needs. An internship like this may combine elements of writing, audio production, web work, radio operations, music programming, program distribution, and so on. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org

Radio News InternshipsBismarck (2 concurrent internships available) This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Bismarck. The intern will work under the direction of the News Director and in association with other news staff. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, newsroom software, and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, including state government. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

• Radio News Internship — Fargo or Grand Forks This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Fargo or Grand Forks. The intern will be directly supervised by our Red River Valley reporters, under the overall direction of the News Director. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, use newsroom software and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, and this position focuses on stories originating in eastern North Dakota. Work is based at the studios in downtown Fargo or on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing an audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Community Affairs Internship, Radio — Fargo This is a one semester, unpaid internship to produce a broadcast and web program on a particular topic. The student will work with the Director of Radio to choose a subject, and determine the production activities necessary. The conclusion of the internship will be the production of programming for radio broadcast and internet presentation. The end result might be, for example, a half hour program, or a series of shorter pieces. The student may suggest a topic, or accept one provided by Prairie Public. The subject could be a social or political issue, music or other arts activity, or almost anything else. The main criterion is that the resulting programming be interesting to public radio listeners. Production activities could include field recording, field interviews, in-studio interviews, and will certainly include writing and audio editing. The intern will have the chance to become familiar with the production process, including equipment and appropriate software. The production may be broadcast and presented on Prairie Public’s website. The hours are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Radio. Students should have an interest in radio and journalism, and some experience with audio equipment and writing will be helpful. Please apply with a cover letter and resume. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

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