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Internships at Cabin Radio

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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 2022 journalism paid internship application process opened on November 30, 2021. The deadline to apply is 11pm MT on December 10, 2021. Applicants can expect to be contacted by December 14 if they are successful in reaching the interview stage.

Summer 2022 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.

In the summer of 2022, we are offering two six-week paid internships. Placement length is flexible according to 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. 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.

You’ll be spending your summer in the beautiful, small city of Yellowknife, on the edge of Great Slave Lake. (We’ll work with you to ensure you meet the NWT’s requirements to live and work in the city during the pandemic.)

Alongside your work commitments, there will be opportunities to get out and explore the Northwest Territories for yourself. However, those opportunities are a part of work, too: like being part of our 30-hour live broadcast from Folk on the Rocks, the North’s biggest music festival.

In 2020, two Cabin Radio summer interns were offered and accepted full-time positions with us at the end of their internships. In 2021, one of our three interns joined CBC Ottawa, one returned to school, and one accepted a contract to remain with us.

To consider your application, we will require:

  • Your résumé
  • In 200 words, an explanation of what you will bring to Cabin Radio and how you will approach reporting on the unique cultural, geographical, and political environment of the Northwest Territories
  • Three examples of your work (at least one written example must be submitted; video, audio, and social examples are also invited)
  • Three sample one-sentence Northwest Territories story pitches
  • The dates you are available

Note that we encourage applications from northern residents not currently taking part in any formal journalism program, which will be evaluated on their own merits.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Talk to a human:

If you have questions about what it’s like to be an intern at Cabin Radio, talk to someone who knows. McKenna Hadley-Burke completed an internship in the summer of 2021 and was subsequently hired as a Cabin Radio reporter. McKenna is happy to receive emails from prospective applicants who’d like to know more about what to expect.

You can also talk to Meaghan Brackenbury, a 2020 summer intern who reported for Cabin Radio full-time for a year and a half before moving to Up Here, a Yellowknife-based magazine, in late 2021.

To apply:

Send an email containing the above required submissions to Ollie Williams, head of programming and news at Cabin Radio, by 11pm MT on December 10, 2021. The subject of your email should be 2022 Internship Application.

We will contact candidates who are successful in reaching the interview stage by December 14. Interviews will be conducted before Christmas.