Assistant Producer, A Paid Summer Internship with a Leading Science Radio Show and Podcast
Are you interested in a Paid Internship Opportunity with a Leading Science Radio Show?
The Star Spot is a space themed podcast and radio show focusing on all aspects of astronomy and space exploration. The show was awarded "New and Notable" on iTunes and has been featured on CBC's Podcast Playlist as well as InnerSpace, the flagship program of Canada's space channel. The Star Spot has interviewed Nobel laureates, astronauts and leaders of major international space missions. It is available on Ryerson Radio, iTunes and at www.thestarspot.ca.
We have been provided with a grant from Canada Summer Jobs to hire an intern to work full-time for eight weeks this fall 2020. The position will focus on The Star Spot’s growth and development, preparing an audience engagement plan, building a new platform for the show on YouTube, and assisting in organizing interviews, debates and news reporting.
Please note that unlike previous years, the Canada Summer Jobs program is now open to both students and non-students, although candidates must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
Applications Due: September 18, 2020
Term: October 19 to December 11, 2020
Status: Full-time, 8 weeks, 32 hours/week
How to Apply: Review the eligibility requirements below. If you are interested, available, and eligible for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume as text, word or PDF attachment, to Executive Producer Justin Trottier at .
Roles and Responsibilities
Develop an Audience Engagement Plan
Following research into best practices among educational podcasts as well as surveys conducted of The Star Spot listeners, the intern will develop recommendations for improving the show’s engagement with its audience.
Growth and Development of The Star Spot
The intern will work to further grow the show by: pitching the program to online and conventional radio stations; fundraising to corporations, universities and foundations; Developing a Student Placement Strategy, aimed at appointing student interns to ongoing Assist Production roles.
Build a YouTube Platform for the Show
The Star Spot has been an audio-only podcast for most of its history. Recently a presence has been launched on YouTube and a few preliminary videos episodes have been broadcast. The intern will develop the framework for a regular scheduled program on YouTube. This will include developing a visual brand for the show and troubleshooting the platform technology.
Skills, Attributes and Qualifications
It is no longer a requirement that Canada Summer Jobs applicants be full-time students. However, to be eligible, the Canada Summer Jobs program requires that an applicant:
Background and Experience
Personality and Skills
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