The WAMU 88.5 Summer of Service volunteer program will give rising high school seniors and graduating seniors the unique opportunity to spend the summer working behind the scenes with the staff of WAMU in the fast-paced and exciting world of public radio.
Program participants will obtain job skills, increase their knowledge of public broadcasting, and have a fun and memorable summer of service experience. The close interaction with the staff of WAMU will give all program participants the chance to gain invaluable experience.
A candidate for the Summer of Service program must be a rising senior or a graduating senior with a strong work ethic; have an interest in broadcasting or journalism; exhibit maturity; and have a positive attitude.
Program participants will commit to four days of service per week, serving a total of 20 hours of service per week.
Length of Service
The WAMU 88.5 Summer of Service program will take place from June 23 - Aug. 5.
Music & Video Library Production Assistant
This position involves assisting WAMU’s Bluegrass Country staff with music and video library upkeep and live in-studio performances. Responsibilities include basic audio and video editing, data entry, and general office administration. The ideal candidate should have a passion for music and video production. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and the willingness to learn new skills are a must.
This position involves photographing and creating a photo blog about the stations volunteers’ and staff members’ summer at the station. The ideal candidate should have a passion for photography and journalism and the ability to visually tell stories and write clearly for a large audience. Good communication skills, experience with photography, the ability to take direction, and the willingness to learn new skills are a must.
This position involves assisting WAMU 88.5 producers with staying on task. Responsibilities include conducting research, preparing the studio for upcoming shows, assisting with clerical duties in program offices, and assisting with the development of program scripts. The ideal candidate should have a passion for writing and research. Strong communication skills, the willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to take direction are a must.
Social Media Assistant
This position involves on-line interaction with the general public, WAMU 88.5 staff, and volunteers. The Social Media Assistant will help to create content for the WAMU intern blog and volunteer blog. The ideal candidate should have a passion for social media and journalism and the ability to write clearly and creatively for a large audience. Good communication skills, the ability to take direction, and the willingness to learn new skills are a must. Applicants should already be active in online communities such as Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, & Twitter.
This position involves assisting in the production of videos for the WAMU 88.5 digital media team. The ideal candidate should have a passion for video and journalism and the ability to follow directions precisely. Good communication skills, experience shooting and editing video, and the willingness to learn new skills are a must.
- The opportunity to work alongside professionals in the broadcasting industry
- Networking opportunities and new friends
- Weekly brown bag lunch with a staff member of WAMU 88.5 to learn more about his/her expertise
- Contribute to the mission of WAMU 88.5
- A realistic look at broadcast media as a career
- Be a part of the stations transition to a new broadcast facility
- An opportunity to complete required school community service hours
Basic orientation and training will take place in early June. Ongoing training will be provided by the program participant’s supervisors.
All program participants will meet with their supervisor daily to obtain their assignment and to get feedback and assistance with assignments that have proved challenging.
The application deadline is March 31.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply by visiting our Shiftboard application page. https://www.shiftboard.com/wamu/registration_form_3.html
For more information about the program, please call the volunteer services office at 202-885-1254 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.