Cabin Radio's broadcast position at the Folk on the Rocks music festival. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Internships at Cabin Radio
Join Cabin Radio as a paid intern and develop your broadcasting, journalism, or videography skills in a fast-paced, ever-changing daily news and entertainment environment in Yellowknife, NWT.
Our summer 2024 journalism paid internships have now closed to new applicants. Look for our summer 2025 application process to begin in the fall of 2024.
Cabin Radio’s paid journalism internships
In our newsroom, you won’t be doing coffee runs – you’ll be reporting breaking news, covering communities across the Northwest Territories.
Each summer, we offer paid internships of six to 12 weeks depending on the length required by you or your program. Our internships usually take place between May and August – if your availability falls outside those months, let us know in your application.
Launched in 2017, Cabin Radio is a start-up newsroom and radio station. We specialize in multimedia journalism: you will be writing stories, taking photos, creating live and packaged video, and producing compelling audio for both live broadcast and podcast distribution.
We are quick, accurate, creative, and fair, and we’re primarily focused on breaking news. You’ll be rapidly and robustly communicating northern news to the NWT’s residents, with some room also set aside for longer-form reporting. Written journalism is our priority.
We look for stories of consequence to Northwest Territories residents – from important breaking news or municipal decisions through to things that are funny or just good news stories – and we report on them in ways that are interesting, and make sense, to our diverse audience. Our journalists are expected to use their initiative, find their own stories and follow them to a conclusion.
Our journalism should be clear, simple to understand, full of context that explains the bigger picture, and of a reliably high standard. But we also have more freedom than other outlets to have fun with our headlines, be informal and engaging in our videos (we are the home of Extreme Duck Racing), and show that we’re local – and we understand what it means to be from, or living in, the NWT.
Our interns are an active part of a small, friendly, hard-working team, led by a former senior broadcast journalist for BBC News. If you are seeking an internship where you are a front-line journalist from your first day, in one of the most interesting and dynamic news environments on the continent, this is the position for you. (A piece of feedback we often hear from our interns: “I didn’t think you really meant I’d be a front-line journalist from day one, but that’s exactly what it was like.” In 2023, our intern Emma was one of the last journalists to leave Yellowknife under an evacuation order, reporting on her final day with Cabin Radio from a lineup of residents being airlifted to safety.)
You’ll be spending your summer in the beautiful, small city of Yellowknife, on the edge of Great Slave Lake. Alongside your work commitments, there will be opportunities to get out and explore the Northwest Territories for yourself. Some of those opportunities are a part of work, too, like being a part of our 30-hour live broadcast from Folk on the Rocks, the North’s biggest music festival.
Our summer interns have graduated to full-time paid positions at Cabin Radio, the CBC and elsewhere. We’re confident that this is one of the most active, immersive and formative journalism internships available in Canada.
Our past interns
The Cabin Radio journalism internship honour roll includes the following people since the program was formally established in 2020:
2020: Meaghan Brackenbury, Sarah Sibley, Alice Twa
2021: Ben Andrews, McKenna Hadley-Burke, Catriona Koenig
2022: Laurissa Cebryk, Amelia Eqbal, Sophie Kuijper Dickson
2023: Talar Stockton, Emma Stuart-Kiss
We’ve chosen one report published by each of our interns to provide you with a sense of the work you’ll be able to accomplish while you’re with us: