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Top 20 FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions about Job & Internship Opportunities)

Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida are all part of the same organization, American Public Media.

  1. How do I apply for a position at American Public Media?
  2. What is the application process for open positions at American Public Media?
  3. What other materials might be required?
  4. How will I know what the application deadlines are?
  5. How long is your hiring process?
  6. Why did I see an advertisement on another job board but when I went to the American Public Media website it was not listed?
  7. How will I know who to address my cover letter to?
  8. How can I find out about the salary range for a position?
  9. How will I know the status of my application?
  10. Once the position is filled, will I receive notification?
  11. What if there is more than one open position that I am interested in applying for? Can I submit one cover letter and résumé or do I need to provide separate materials for each opening?
  12. What if there aren't any current openings at American Public Media that I am interested in or qualified for but I want to send a résumé and letter of interest anyway?
  13. Does American Public Media offer internships?
  14. What are the internship application deadlines throughout the year?
  15. What is the application process for internships?
  16. Does American Public Media offer internships to high school students?
  17. Does American Public Media offer internships for course credit?
  18. What if I am doing an internship for course credit and I have a deadline to sign up for these credits?
  19. What if internships for a certain time of year (spring, winter, and summer semester/quarter) are not yet posted to the American Public Media Web site but I want to get a head start on my application?
  20. What if I have applied for an internship but have not been contacted or know the status of my application?

 

  1. How do I apply for a position at American Public Media?
    American Public Media is the parent organization for Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida. If you are interested in job opportunities at any organization within American Public Media, see the Careers section of our Web site. Here you will find a list of our open positions, a position summary, qualifications and further details about full-time/part-time status, location and how to apply.
  2. What is the application process for open positions at American Public Media?
    Please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to careers@americanpublicmedia.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please specify the job title and requisition number for which you are applying.

    All on-air positions require submission of audio samples. We accept the following file types: .doc, .docx .pdf, .mp3 and .wav with a maximum file size of 10 MB. Online audio samples are preferred.
  3. What other materials might be required?
    Depending on the nature of the position, we may request writing samples, audio samples (air checks, audition tapes/CDs), electronic portfolios or other materials.All on-air positions always require audio. Sometimes additional materials will be requested at the time of the interview.
  4. How will I know what the application deadlines are?
    In most cases, American Public Media does not have set deadlines for applications on open positions. Open positions will be listed on the Web site until such time as they are filled or we are no longer accepting résumés.
  5. How long is your hiring process?
    It depends on the opening. On average, it takes about 6-8 weeks to fill a position, but in some cases it takes longer. American Public Media lists the open positions on the Web site until such time as they are filled or we are no longer accepting résumés.
  6. Why did I see an advertisement on another job board but when I went to the American Public Media website it was not listed?
    There are times when advertisements are placed on job boards for a set period of time (i.e. 30, 60 or 90 days). If you come across this scenario, it means we have filled the position before the scheduled time the advertisement was completed. If a position is not listed on the American Public Media Web site, it means the position is filled or closed.
  7. How will I know who to address my cover letter to?
    Because your cover letter and résumé may be reviewed by multiple hiring managers, we suggest using wording such as "To Whom It May Concern," "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Attention: Human Resources."
  8. How can I find out about the salary range for a position?
    American Public Media is a market-competitive organization. Salary ranges for most positions are listed at the bottom of each posting on the Web site. This range has been assigned by Human Resources; however, the salary available for each opening is determined by the department's budget and the qualifications of the applicant. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter. An applicant will not automatically be excluded from the pool if the salary requirements do not match our salary range. If the applicant meets the requirements of the position, further conversations will take place about salary.
  9. How will I know the status of my application?
    By e-mailing a résumé and cover letter to careers@americanpublicmedia.org, you will receive an automated response confirming the receipt of your materials. Generally, top candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview in 3-4 weeks. We regret that due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individual communication/updates on the status of positions and applications.
  10. Once the position is filled, will I receive notification?
    If you have interviewed for the position, you will be notified by the hiring manager once it is filled; however, due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we are unable to send notification to every applicant when a position has been filled.
  11. What if there is more than one open position that I am interested in applying for? Can I submit one cover letter and résumé or do I need to provide separate materials for each opening?
    Since it is likely that different hiring managers will be reviewing different openings, we ask that you e-mail a separate cover letter and résumé for each position you are interested in. In the subject line of the e-mail, please reference the job title and requisition number of the job for which you are applying.
  12. What if there aren't any current openings at American Public Media that I am interested in or qualified for but I want to send a résumé and letter of interest anyway?
    American Public Media welcomes general inquiries by e-mailing a résumé and letter of interest for a specific position or department to careers@americanpublicmedia.org. These inquiries will be reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate manager who may or may not keep it for future openings. American Public Media will not be responsible for matching general inquiries to future openings; it is recommended that you continue to check updated job listings and reapply for positions as they open up.
  13. Does American Public Media offer internships?
    Yes, all internship opportunities are posted on our Web site on the same page as our job openings. Postings for summer internships are usually up by March. We offer both paid and unpaid internships and most qualify for course credit. Most interships require current enrollment in post-secondary coursework.
  14. What are the internship application deadlines throughout the year?
    We offer internships year round and deadlines vary. If known, the application deadline, estimated start date and length of internship will all be included in the posting on our Web site. Open internships will be posted until such time as they are filled or we are no longer accepting résumés.
  15. What is the application process for internships?
    The internship application process is identical to the job application process. Please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to careers@americanpublicmedia.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please specify the internship title and requisition number for which you are applying. All of American Public Media's open internship opportunities are listed on the job openings Web page. If an internship opening is not posted at the time you review the Web site, you can e-mail a résumé and cover letter indicating your interest in doing an internship with American Public Media to careers@americanpublicmedia.org.
  16. Does American Public Media offer internships to high school students?
    American Public Media's internship guidelines generally require some post-secondary education. We consider college students or recent college graduates (within one year) looking for work experience in their field of study. From time to time American Public Media will set up a job shadowing opportunity for high school students. In most of these cases, the student has to meet a requirement for a class. To request a job shadowing opportunity, e-mail careers@americanpublicmedia.org and indicate that you would like to talk to someone in Human Resources.
  17. Does American Public Media offer internships for course credit?
    Yes, we encourage college students to take our internships for course credit.
  18. What if I am doing an internship for course credit and I have a deadline to sign up for these credits?
    When submitting a résumé and cover letter for an internship, you should include specific deadline information in your cover letter alerting the hiring manager. American Public Media will do its best to accommodate this deadline schedule, but cannot promise that the timing will work out.
  19. What if internships for a certain time of year (spring, winter, and summer semester/quarter) are not yet posted to the American Public Media website but I want to get a head start on my application?
    We welcome résumés year round for interest in our internship opportunities. Please indicate in your cover letter the time of year you are interested in being considered for an internship along with the area of the organization you are interested in. Here are a few examples of departments that hire interns: Regional News, National News Programming (Being, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, Public Insight Journalism), the Classical Music Service, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Digital Media, Development, and Information Technology. These inquiries can be sent to careers@americanpublicmedia.org.
  20. What if I have applied for an internship but have not been contacted or know the status of my application?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to contact all applicants for internships. As with job openings, most applicants will be contacted within 3-4 weeks for an interview if our hiring managers find that a match exists. Applicants can trust that all inquiries are forwarded to the appropriate hiring manager(s) for review. Due to the volume of "general" internship inquiries we receive, we will not always be able to find an appropriate match in our organization. It is always recommended that applicants apply for a specific internship opening or indicate the department(s) they may be interested in working.

The Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions document was created to help out job and internship seekers interested in working for the American Public Media family of companies. On average, our organization has between 30-40 job/internship openings at any given time. In order for our Human Resources staff to do the very best job of placing "the right people, in the right position, at the right time," we may not be able to return each individual inquiry via phone, e-mail and/or mail.

Thank you for your cooperation and interest in American Public Media. All other inquiries having to do with job and/or internship opportunities can be submitted to careers@americanpublicmedia.org. Inquiries will be answered within a week from the submission date.

If you are interested in volunteering for Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida, please go to the respective Web sites for these organizations and look under the About Us Support link. Volunteer positions may also be posted periodically to our job listings Web page.