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MPR/Gary Eichten Fellowship

Ellen Bartyzal (CSB '17), Gary Eichten, and Amanda Furru (CSB '17)

Ellen Bartyzal (CSB '17), Gary Eichten, and Amanda Furru (CSB '17)

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Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is pleased to offer two student fellowships for the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University at $5,000 each for full-time summer internships in the MPR newsroom. Next summer (2017), two CSB/SJU students will serve as, will serve as MPR/Gary Eichten Fellows, with selected students completing an internship at MPR, located in downtown St. Paul. Fellows will learn the basics of news writing, reporting and production with a goal to write and produce material for MPR newscasts. The prestigious fellowship opportunity was created in honor of Gary Eichten, a 1969 St. John's University graduate, who wore many hats during his award-winning, 40-plus year career at Minnesota Public Radio. 

Selected Fellows will work full-time at MPR beginning June 5, 2017 and continuing through August 11, 2017. Students may elect to earn credits for the experience; those choosing to do so will work with the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning & Community Engagement on an individual basis to set up payment and assessment for credits earned. Prior to their commencement as Fellows, students selected must participate in a training seminar in May 2017. Finally, following their summer-long internship, Fellows will submit an audio-visual presentation highlighting their summer experience, as well as offer a poster presentation of learning to the community at CSB/SJU's Scholarship & Creativity Day the following April.

Please note, students will not be allowed to have any other paid employment during the ten-week fellowship. Fellowship stipends will be paid directly to the student by MPR, along with reimbursement for parking or bus costs incurred. Students with a diversity of life experience are encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibility:

  • Learn writing, reporting and production techniques for radio.
  • Make calls to news sources.
  • Edit tape.
  • Assist with production.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at the College of Saint Benedict or Saint John's University with Sophomore or Junior standing as of Fall 2016.
  • Coursework must have an emphasis in writing, communications, English or a related field

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Awareness of current events, news topics and issues is essential.
  • Ability to follow directions and work under deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, curious, and detail-oriented.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Strong writing skills preferred with previous high school or college newspaper experience or media work (writing and/or photography) desirable.
  • Some familiarity with basic production skills (audio or video editing) desirable, and/or some experience with online production and editing.
  • Experience using social media platforms, computer graphics and/or data visualization helpful.

Please feel free to contact Laura Hammond, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, at [email protected] any questions. The application deadline to be considered for an MPR/ Gary Eichten Fellowship is Sunday, February 12, 2017. The selection process will begin that week with selection committee review and anticipated decisions/notification of Fellowship awarding by mid-March.

Those interested in applying should submit the following items HERE!

1) Cover letter

2) Résumé: include relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences, relevant course or other training, conferences or workshops attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages or computer skills;

3) References: names can be indicated via your online application. References should include full contact information for two (2) people who are able to give a holistic view on your academics, non-academics, skills, etc. Please send references the required link for them to complete your online reference.

4) Two Writing Samples: submit your strongest writing samples regardless of what they were used for.

**For helpful tips on cover letter and resume writing, please visit the Career Services website; make an appointment with a career counselor for a resume or cover letter critique too.

**Please visit the CSB/SJU Experiential Learning & Community Engagement website for assistance with the Internship registration process: