Position Description

Membership Intern
Location Chicago
Job Code 429
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. We launched innovative, iconic shows such as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial. Chicago Public Media engages listeners and users across broadcast radio, digital audio streams, websites, and mobile apps. Our flagship station, WBEZ Chicago (91.5 FM and wbez.org) is Chicago’s premier hub for trusted, fact-based journalism, entertaining audio programs, and podcasts. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org everywhere), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music and culture format.

The Opportunity

The Membership Intern will work with Chicago Public Media’s Membership team to gain hands on experience with fundraising, engagement and direct marketing strategies. By the end of the internship, the Membership Intern will have experience in building & managing cross-functional fundraising campaigns, developing member benefits & communication, email leads management and paid social campaign planning. Additionally, the individual will learn the pillars of effective fundraising communication and analysis, including how we use data to evaluate, iterate and expand our efforts. The Membership Intern will also assist the Membership team in the training and production related to on-air and virtual events including pledge drives

We are located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. All interns must be able to work from our office and studios at Navy Pier in Chicago. Due to COVID restrictions, interns may also be required to work remotely with internet access as needed.

Chicago Public Media interns gain hands-on experience while working alongside some of the best talent in the business. Our hope is that — after receiving a solid foundation at WBEZ — our interns continue to contribute to this industry. 

A bit about our internship programs:

  • Many, but not all, of our interns have completed college or some other form of education and/or certification in the journalism or media field(s).
  • Many go on to careers in public media or other outlets. Many have found their way back to WBEZ, too.
  • We pay $14/hour, non-negotiable.
  • Scheduled work weeks are up to 24 hours/week.
  • We offer some flexibility on scheduling; most are daytime work hours and on a Monday through Friday schedule
  • Internships last approximately 6 months, running July 2021 through December 2021.
  • Because these are part-time roles, they are not eligible for benefits.


  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

  • Basic HTML knowledge

  • Great organizational skills

  • Passion to gain experience in both the creative and administrative aspects of membership fundraising & engagement

  • Excitement for learning about non-profit work and public media as an industry

What we are looking for our candidates to display in their resumes, cover letters and interview conversations:

  • Knowledge about WBEZ and our mission of serving the community
  • Strong interest in learning and contributing to our mission
  • Curiosity and the willingness to learn
  • Understanding of the value of bringing together diverse perspectives
  • Why WBEZ is part of your career planning in journalism and media
  • Specific skills you want to learn during the internship
  • If applicable, any links to a portfolio of writing samples; audio, video, or multimedia packages; or other completed work that may be relevant to this opening

Applications with resumes must include cover letters; use the cover letter to share any links to previous work and/or include any job-related criteria not on your resume.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.

Working at Chicago Public Media

Our full-time employee population hovers around 150 people, and approximately half of our team is represented by SAG-AFTRA. We work at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a thriving workplace where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, join us! Check out our LinkedIn page for further details: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chicago-public-radio/?viewAsMember=true

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations and life experiences to join our team.

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