Interns play an important and evolving role in day-to-day station operations. From learning about broadcast processes and procedures to assisting with facility and web maintenance, the All Classical internship program provides a front row seat to the art and science of making radio.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be an All Classical intern?
Read what our present and past interns have to say about their experience below, then contact Andrea Rennie with any questions.
I have always loved classical music. As a kid, I spent my evenings conducting along to Mozart CDs and air-violining to Vivaldi concertos I heard on the radio. My love of music translated easily to a love of public radio, which I avidly listen to and support. Though I am a new addition to the team at All Classical, I am overwhelmed by the station’s commitment to provide great music to its listeners and support the local arts scene here in Portland.
I am beginning this internship as a recent graduate of Knox College where I studied Music and Computer Science in the prairies of western Illinois. I have a passionate, if not somewhat obsessive, thirst for collecting and learning about as much music as I can, leaving no genre or era untouched. Programs like Club Mod and The Score have proved to be wonderful resources for discovering new and exciting music that I have never heard before.
I am very excited at the opportunity to learn as much I can from the greatly knowledgeable and experienced staff at All Classical. I hope to get acquainted with every aspect of the station, from radio production to new media content to fundraising and working with volunteers.
As an avid listener and devotee of classical music, I am excited to have the opportunity to intern at All Classical Portland, a vital and unique part of our community. As I venture into a life in the arts, All Classical is an ideal place for me to take part in an institution that does work which I am deeply passionate about: to curate the arts and provide great music to listeners for free. I look forward to learning more about the field of radio, programming, and the inner workings of non-profit arts organizations.
I am a rising senior at Lewis & Clark College, where I am pursuing a music major with studies focusing on composition and musicology, along with a minor in Russian Studies. I also perform actively on my primary instrument, tuba, as well as on guitar, and I have worked as a research assistant in both the Music and Russian Departments at Lewis & Clark. After my time at Lewis & Clark, I intend to pursue graduate studies in musicology and a vocation of teaching, learning, composing, and performing, and my present experience at All Classical will certainly figure as an important part of this journey.
Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, classical music was frequently in my consciousness, both from public radio and my mother’s piano playing. Upon relocation to Portland, I quickly became a fan of All Classical. I have been tuning in ever since, even during my semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, when I listened online, remembering how special our community is. I am delighted to spend this summer working with the people whose voices I have heard so many times, as well as the rest of the wonderful All Classical staff who contribute to the vibrancy of classical music here in Portland.
Fall 2012 & Spring 2013
I am a native Oregonian and life-long public radio and classical music listener. A recent arrival in Portland, I now have the honor of being All Classical's new intern for the Fall quarter. With only a few weeks under my belt, I am thrilled at the array of hands-on learning opportunities stretching out before me, and at the new avenues this experience will open up for me as I strike out into a new field of work.
When I began the internship, I had already graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Art History, but had spent the intervening years as a baker in Eugene and Portland. So, it could have been easy for me to feel like a fish out of water at All Classical, but the warm hearts and wonderful personalities at the station always made sure I felt welcome and essential.
Over the last few years, I have followed the evolution of public and non-profit community radio stations as they compete in a widening field of online competition. My primary focus while interning will be to learn as much as possible about the production work that goes into programs such as The Score and Club Mod.
I am excited for the opportunity to tap into the great pool of knowledge and experience that the staff at All Classical FM provides. I am proud to be a part of something that is not only fulfilling and educational, but also encourages listeners in Portland (and worldwide) to support the arts.
I want to thank everyone at All Classical for giving me the opportunity to work with and learn from them this summer. I look forward to helping with The Score, shadow audio editing and learning how playlists are created for each host’s show.
I am a mass communications major at Linfield College and my ultimate goal would to be involved in film in any way possible. I want to make good films that make an impact on people. What better way to start that journey than at All Classical because without music (especially classical music), movies wouldn’t be as impactful because of the emotion music gives to the film.
This internship is the perfect opportunity for me to practice my skills in the radio medium and understand how it operates. I have already used what I have learned in the classroom on my first day here.
I began my internship at All Classical on January 27, 2012. Upon arrival on my first day, I was nervous about all the new things I was going to learn, but I immediately felt comfortable. The small staff at All Classical has made me feel welcomed and important, and I’m honored to spend time here.
My time at All Classical will help launch me into the professional world in many ways, regardless of which career I choose. The day-to-day experiences so far have allowed me to better understand the workings of an office environment, given me insights into the functions on-air radio production, improved my teamwork skills and organization and taught me how to work with new media.
When I began my time at All Classical I had already graduated from an undergraduate institution, and I couldn’t have asked for a more meaningful bridge between the student world and the work world. With family-like staff members, All Classical has given me the chance to become accustomed to working in a non-rushed, friendly atmosphere where I can discover my strengths and weaknesses and improve at my own speed, while constantly receiving constructive feedback.
Fall 2011 & Winter 2012
My internship program with All Classical extended from August 23, 2011 until March 22, 2012. I earned upper-division college credit during my senior year towards an Arts and Letters Bachelor’s degree from PSU. Preparing to transition from the life of a student into a working professional could come as a bit of a shock to the system. All Classical FM aided in my steps towards achieving career goals by offering an open and honest learning environment where hands on work assisted me to develop skills with communication and writing, radio production, new media content, fundraising, working with volunteers, and clerical and office functions.
Although KQAC has a small family of staff members, there are many individuals involved in making the station possible. Between staff, volunteers, and listeners the dynamic range of personalities and diverse walks of life have influenced my perspective of the Portland community in relation to the world by demonstrating the scope of what people can accomplish together with common goals. All of my All Classical contacts are people with a wealth of knowledge and resources and my fortune in knowing them will not be taken for granted. Keeping public media on people’s radar is important work and I will strive to do so in the future of the
non-profit media sector.
I received a whole smorgasbord of lessons relating to every aspect of radio production, from audio editing of music tracks, underwriting sales, distinctions in on-air hosting, interviewing community musical guests, interacting with listeners and supporters, researching radio markets and statistics to pledge drive preparation, interacting with volunteers, writing for various audiences, music programming organization and selection. Though certain projects may seem repetitive at times, know that the work you do is appreciated internally and externally. All projects and completed work is of importance, even though it may seem minute.
One of my most honorable moments was when I was given the opportunity to attend two all staff meetings to deliberate the progression of the station’s mission, vision and values statement. Even though I was a rather new member, my opinions where heard and treated as importantly as a staff member who had been employed for fifteen or more years. Additionally, I learned about the significance of interacting and developing relationships with community members and the audience support system during pledge drives and writing personalized messages to listeners.
Having spent almost six months at the station, I can attest that this experience is more than just a resume builder or sustenance for university academic credit. The station, with its compassionate, caring and heart-warming staff, felt like home. Not only did I learn techniques and lessons about the creative and administrative aspects of radio production, but also progressed in confidence and strength as a professional.