Intern and Volunteer with the Leonard Lopate Show

The Leonard Lopate Show is a live magazine-format talk show that airs daily from noon to 2 pm. We’re always on the lookout for smart, curious folks with broad interests and good writing skills to help out on the program. We’d expose you to all aspects of producing live radio. Duties include screening calls, evaluating topics for air, booking, preparing segments (e.g. writing questions for host), coming up with ideas for shows, as well reviewing and evaluating books. Hours: 10 am to around 5 pm or so, one day, or more, on a case-by-case basis.


  • Some journalism and office experience is preferred, but not required
  • Applicants should be highly motivated self-starters who can work in an environment of live news radio
  • Applicants should be aware of news and political affairs in New York and around the world

How to Apply:


Please e-mail Melissa Eagan at with the subject heading "Lopate Show Volunteer" with answers to the following questions:

  1. Describe two of your favorite Lopate Show segments, and explain why you liked them. (You can find previous shows in our archive, here.) 
  2. Describe a subject area or topic you’re especially interested in and why.
  3. What other shows do you listen to / websites do you visit / things do you read regularly?

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WNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.