Media Internship Directed at Indigenous, POC


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OPB is committed to creating public media career pathways for traditionally underrepresented individuals. In addition to the Jon R. Tuttle Journalism and Production Minority Internship, we offer this paid internship opportunity for individuals who are motivated to diversify the world of public media.

OPB’s newsroom is a highly collaborative environment that comprises about 30 professionals who bring their expertise to produce stories and programs. Our cross-platform teams value creativity and dedication. We welcome interns and volunteers. We offer the opportunity to build a portfolio, network with some of the best in the business and learn in a fast-paced newsroom and content creation environment.

OPB is a place that encourages its staff and interns to grow and learn. We support your discovery whether it’s a story idea or a new concept for producing content. OPB is an environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute and thrive.

Internship Description

Generally, this role serves as a Production Assistant in Think Out Loud. Think Out Loud is a daily radio show that covers politics, global issues, music, books – anything and everything that can sustain an hour of live, unscripted conversation.

The Production Assistant (PA) role is an integral member of the Think Out Loud show staff. PAs participate in all phases of the show production process from pitching ideas, planning social media, and directing the live show itself. The show’s producers and host are respected public media professionals who are excited to share their craft and experience with our interns. PAs receive a rich, comprehensive experience to help springboard their career in journalism.

Eligibility Requirements

This paid journalism internship is designed for individuals who either:

  • are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • have graduated from an undergraduate degree program within 2 years of the beginning of the internship

Applicants must hold a current membership in a professional minority-journalism organization, such as:

  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
  • Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)

Applicants should have a strong interest in the future of public media, evolving forms of mass communication, engineering new forms of multimedia journalism as well as a commitment to news that serves the public interest.

This internship serves during winter term. Each year, one intern will be selected. The internship involves:

  • 3 month commitment, typically January through March (exact dates are flexible)
  • 40 hour work week
  • $10 per hour
Required Materials
  • Application for OPB’s Internship for Emerging Journalists
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Recent academic transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 2)
  • Work samples (3-5 examples of previous journalism work which may include articles published in a student newspaper, audio or video production for school or professional projects, or an independent film project.) We prefer work sample items be digital for print items or links to websites for audio or video/film. If you must submit materials in hard copy, they will not be returned.

Please submit completed application materials to:

By mail:
OPB’s Internship for Emerging Journalists
7140 SW Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97219


  • 4mb limit if emailing
  • Letters of recommendation may be scanned and included in a digital packet or emailed separately.
  • You may link to websites containing print, audio or video work samples

Deadline for applications: Must be received by Tuesday, November 1 at 4pm, Portland, Oregon time.


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One response to “Media Internship Directed at Indigenous, POC

  1. Does the media internship in Oregon have a place in Texas, and if so, what are the differences that would frame the offering here versus in Oregon?

    We have seen tribal representation raise their voices during the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and Dos Republicas mine challenges. But, quite frankly, it is only with these very recent challenges in Texas and the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota that I have heard tribal voices raised. Sure, I may not have heard when voices were raised. But I think the impact of Standing Rock has served both to focus a national tribal message and voice.

    I wonder how the traditional U.S./Mexico border immigration issues, La Raza, Cesar Chavez/agricultural worker struggle, and other Hispanic/white challenges in Texas play a role in the apparent silence-up-to-now of native American voices in Texas. The voice of tribal perspective has clearly long been denied in Texas radio, and the Oregon effort seeks to relieve that there.

    According to “The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010” [1], in 2010 some 315,264 persons in Texas self-reported as American Indian and Alaska Native, Alone or in combination [2]. In 2010, some 109,223 persons in Oregon self-reported as American Indian and Alaska Native, Alone or in combination.
    [2] The sum total of those self-reporting as American Indian and Alaska Native alone together with those self-reporting as American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with other races.

    Population of Texas, 2010: 25,145,561 => 315,264/25,145,561 = 1.253756% of the Texas population is “Alone or in combination”.
    Population of Oregon, 2010: 3,831,074 => 109,223/3,831,074 = 2.850976% of the Oregon population is “Alone or in combination”.
    Source, State Populations: 2010 United States Census,


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