WAMU 88.5 : Support

Summer of Service

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.


Digital Media Producer (2 openings)

This internship will produce multimedia stories for the Listeners of WAMU project.

"Listeners of WAMU" showcases who the listeners of WAMU 88.5 are through photographs, words, & audio.


Conduct interviews with listeners of WAMU.

Assist with the production of multimedia (text, still photographs, audio, and graphics) web-only stories for the Listeners of WAMU project.

Help manage the WAMU Interns social media accounts (Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, & Wordpress).


  • Previous experience interviewing and writing stories
  • Ability to take direction
  • Strong communication skills
  • Active in social media communities
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Ability to work within a team and independently

Preferred Skills:

  • Outstanding writing and editing skills
  • Audio editing skills
  • Basic photography skills
  • Social Media skills


  • 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.

Application Deadline

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 volunteer@wamu.org.


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