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Cabin Radio's broadcast position at the Folk on the Rocks music festival
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

Cabin Radio 2022 summer interns Amelia Eqbal, left, and Sophie Kuijper Dickson share a touching gift from the newsroom on their last day
Cabin Radio 2022 summer interns Amelia Eqbal, left, and Sophie Kuijper Dickson share a touching gift from the newsroom on their last day.
Sarah Sibley, left, and Meaghan Brackenbury with noodles during a slightly chilly December Yellowknife day
Sarah Sibley, left, and Meaghan Brackenbury, 2020 summer interns, graduated to full-time reporting roles in Yellowknife. Here they are with noodles during a slightly chilly December day.

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:

Class of 2020

Meaghan Brackenbury: It took 40 years to craft the memories of NWT Elders into this book.
We Remember the Coming of the White Man is the result of four decades’ work to tell the stories of 10 Elders. The book’s origins lie in a 1976 documentary.

Sarah Sibley: Puppy love: NWT dogs set to tie the knot this summer
It’s the Yellowknife wedding of the summer, and the cake is made of fish heads. Gabby, a poodle diagnosed with cancer, is to marry Bojack, a northern special.

Alice Twa: Yellowknifer sets out to hike Canada’s longest esker
Last year, he canoed for three months through the barrenlands (with the kids). Now, he’s starting a two-month solo hike across North America’s longest esker.

Class of 2021

Ben Andrews: In the charge toward electric vehicles, where is the NWT?
The NWT has almost no electric vehicle chargers, even as major manufacturers plan huge shifts in the near future. One family is working to plug in the gaps.

McKenna Hadley-Burke: Indigenous doula training works to reconnect NWT with traditions
A training program for Indigenous doulas is being hailed as a step toward restoring Indigenous approaches to birth in the Northwest Territories.

Catriona Koenig: A brotherhood’s breakfast offering to Yellowknife men
“Every time you think of crazy Indians, you’re going to think good things. We’re going to kill the stereotype.” Meet the brotherhood helping Yellowknife’s men.

Class of 2022

Laurissa Cebryk: Does the Northwest Territories have the world’s greatest climb?
The NWT has one of the most talked-about mountain climbs in the world, and barely anyone here knows about it. Meet the Lotus Flower Tower.

Amelia Eqbal: New slo-pitch division finds teams happ-E to be there
“There were people taking D league seriously. You’re not supposed to know the rules.” Some Yellowknife slo-pitch teams are so bad, they needed a new division.

Sophie Kuijper Dickson: What’s happening at Inuvik’s shelters, and why it matters
How should Inuvik’s homeless shelters be run? The answer to that question keeps changing, but it’s an important answer to find. Here’s a guide to the issue.

Class of 2023

Talar Stockton: The NWT and immortality – exploring the North’s cryonic burials
Special burials decades ago tried using NWT permafrost to chill bodies until science could reanimate them. The graves are still there.

Emma Stuart-Kiss: Home of priest who dedicated his life to Paulatuk is restored
For decades, Father Léonce Dehurtevent’s house was a staple of Paulatuk. More than 20 years after his death, the building is being given a second life.