Radio station internships have evolved over the years, to the point that interns actually become part of the team at a station. We consistently secure internships in every aspect of the radio/media industry.
Our motto is quite simple: You give us your full effort and we will provide you the resources to succeed in this industry. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and responsibility, and at Columbia we have the necessary assets to put you on that path.
Simply put, internships allow a student to gain much needed experience in the Radio industry while developing networking opportunities that could last a lifetime.
Having the encouragement and respect from the industry allows us to continue to flourish and gain key opportunities for our students. Here are a few quotes from satisfied stations and students!
What Radio Stations are saying about our interns....
"With Columbia's focus on technical training, Radio Department interns come prepared to tackle the audio editing and production projects that are the bread and butter of public radio."
- George Lara, Director of Internship and Mentorships WBEZ 91.5 FM
"Columbia College Chicago has provided numerous interns that have contributed to the ongoing success of WGCI, and have continued on to rewarding careers after their experience with us. We've had tremendous success with talent such as: Demi Lobo, DJ A OH, DJ Moondawg, Sherman Murdock, and more... all who started as interns, and are now a huge part of the WGCI On-Air/Programming team. WGCI values the partnership with Columbia College Chicago, and looks forward to mentoring and educating the next generation of radio professionals with Columbia College Chicago."
- Kris Kelley, Program Director WGCI 107.5 FM
"Having been taught and nurtured by working professionals, Columbia Radio students are well prepared to enter the world of broadcasting. I say this from experience. I was a radio student there myself."
- John Farneda, Operations Manager/Music Director WXRT 93.1 FM
What our Interns Have To Say...."Interning at WKSC-FM is something I've been waiting to do for years. The on-air internship with programming is very hands-on and everything that I would want from an internship. It's a fun environment and shows me what goes into doing a show both on-air and behind the scenes."
- Ryan McKiddy, 2013 intern WKSC, 103.5 FM
"Internships are a vital part of getting into the industry. They open up doors, create connections and give you a chance to showcase your work ethic. Columbia's radio staff and teachers fully prepared me for the challenge and I was able to hit the ground running."
- Sam Panayotovich, 2012 intern WGN, 720 AM
"My internship at WXRT is fulfilling and has given me great insight and experience in the broadcast world. It's absolutely wonderful and exciting to work with people who are genuinely passionate about music and radio. Interning at 93WXRT has been all encompassing in every aspect."
- Becky Nystedt, 2013 intern WXRT, 93.1 FM
"Working with WUSN, 99.5 FM was a great stepping stone into the world of Marketing and Promotions. Actually being able to be at events with the listeners and dive into the stations demographic was the only thing a class couldn't provide for me. I had a blast getting to know everyone and be a part of a fun and engaging atmosphere. It really was hands-on and a great experience that I will take with me anywhere I go."
- Paige Johnson, 2012 intern WUSN, 99.5 FM
"Columbia has provided me with the skills and opportunity to work with industry professionals and experience being part of a commercial radio station. I had my first internship at ESPN Chicago and diving headfirst into my favorite sports station was more than I ever could have asked for."
- Sam Greenberg, 2013 intern ESPN, AM 1000