Internships

The UC-IMC seeks interns and volunteers in a variety of areas throughout the year. As an all-volunteer organization, it is a great place for students and community members to get hands-on experience in grassroots organizing, non-profit management, and community building. There are many ways to get involved, and we are happy to work with professors and students to craft internships that can meet both course needs and UC-IMC resources and opportunities. Applications are rolling, and those who are interested may contact the email address listed for each opportunity.  You may also contact imc@ucimc.org or 217-344-8820 for general internship information.

Internships are available in the following areas:

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IMC Shows - Booking & Promotion Interns
As an all-ages venue, the IMC hosts local musicians, artists, and cultural events on a regular basis that appeals to diverse audiences.

Interns will develop programs, increase the diversity of existing events and help promote all events hosted by the IMC Shows Group. Interns will:

  • Schedule, book, coordinate and contract events
  • Actively recruit artists, bands, workshops, exercise classes, etc. to be booked at the IMC
  • Respond to artists and performers who reach out to the IMC regarding exhibit and performance options and opportunities
  • Publicize events through the IMC website, social networking, local online calendars, phone calls, newsletters, listserves, fliers, press releases, and more

For more information email ucimcoperationsdirector@gmail.com or call 217-344-8820

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IMC Shows - Live Event Interns
As an all-ages venue, the IMC hosts local musicians, artists, and cultural events on a regular basis that appeals to diverse audiences.

Interns will be responsible for the successful running of live events hosted at the IMC. Interns will:

  • Set up, put away and operate sound and lighting equipment for live shows
  • Provide live simulcast broadcasting of events on WRFU-LP Urbana 104.5 FM 
  • Develop audio and video documentation for later rebroadcast on WRFU and UPTV 
  • Assist performers / artists as needed and as appropriate

For more information email ucimcoperationsdirector@gmail.com or call 217-344-8820

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WRFU Underwriting Interns

The WRFU Underwriting Intern will work closely with the WRFU working group in the management of WRFU finances and PR. Opportunities include:

  • Coordinate underwriting initiatives
  • Develop promotional materials
  • Acquire underwriters to help cover the station’s annual operating costs
  • Research and contact local businesses and organizations and establish relationships with WRFU

For more information email rfu@lists.chambana.net or call 217-344-8820

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IMC Outreach Interns

The IMC Outreach interns will maintain the UC-IMC Visitor Center and work with Community Connections to:

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteer staff to welcome visitors to the IMC
  • Give tours of the space to visitors
  • Maintain a display case of work by local artists and manage the sale of these items
  • Develop outreach and promotional material
  • Develop and maintain alliances with campus and community groups with similar missions
  • Assist with Membership Drive in the Spring
  • Organize booths and Urbana Farmer’s Market, U of I Quad Day, and other local events

For more information email community@lists.chambana.net or call 217-344-8820

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IMC Media Archives Interns

The IMC Media Archives Intern will work with the Public I, WRFU, Shows and Librarians working groups to develop and maintain a multimedia archive of material produced at the IMC and by IMC members. This will include:

  • Digitizing materials and making them available on the web
  • Archiving recordings of live performances, lectures, interviews, press conferences, radio shows, oral histories, and print publications
  • Assisting the Librarians group with storage and organization of these archives

For more information email imc-librarians@ucimc.org or call 217-344-8820

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Library & Archives Interns

The Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center maintains a small collection of books, zines, and periodicals. ( http://library.ucimc.org ) Our volunteer library working group uses an open-source online catalog for these materials as well as for our institutional archives and special collections.

Internship opportunities exist for students interested in working with community/non-profit organizations, archives, special collections, cataloging, and open source library technologies and library systems.

  • Cataloging intern: Cataloging books, zines and other materials.
  • Literacy Programming intern: Develop and implement youth and young adult literacy programming such as zine readings, zine making workshops, electronic publishing
  • Archives intern: Work directly with print materials in the UCIMC Archive or Barbara Vogl Collection and Archive. Activities would include inventorying and cataloging materials, storage, indexing and digitizing. Archives include audio, video and computer media as well as paper documents.
  • Digital library intern: work directly with open source software to improve access to all collections.

Individuals interested in this opportunity would work closely with lead members of several IMC working groups, including Tech, Production, and the Librarians group. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

For more information email imc-librarians@ucimc.org or call 217-344-8820

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News Media Production Interns

News Media Interns will assist with the production of news for multiple media - video, radio, print, and web. The IMC will provide training, equipment and distribution outlets. Specific opportunities will include:

  • Conducting local research and interviews for stories that affect the local community
  • Filming, recording, editing, and publishing these stories (on-air, online, and over public-access TV)
  • Outreach to bring new volunteers into the groups
  • Develop media contacts and community contacts with government, non-profit, and civic organizations to develop the news teams’ ability to be notified of breaking stories and upcoming events

For more information email print@ucimc.org or call 217-344-8820

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WRFU Production Intern: Automation

The WRFU Automation and Public Service Announcements Intern will assist the WRFU working group with the operation of the WRFU automation system. This will include:

  • Scheduling syndicated and automated shows
  • Adding new music and PSAs to automation
  • Reaching out to local organizations to elicit PSAs to produce for air on WRFU

For more information email rfu@lists.chambana.net or call 217-344-8820

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WRFU Production Intern: IMC Podcasts

The IMC Podcast Intern will work with the various working groups of the IMC to create a weekly 5-15 minute podcast on the events, working group projects, and goings-on at the IMC. This will include:

  • Regular communication with IMC working groups
  • Recording and producing audio
  • Making the podcast available on the IMC website and on other podcast directories

For more information email rfu@lists.chambana.net or call 217-344-8820

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Information Technology Interns

The IMC receives many donations of usable computer hardware. However, as a volunteer organization, the extent to which

IMC can use this hardware is limited by volunteer skill, time and determination. Information Technology Interns will:

  • Install, configure and maintain critical networked office components such as laser printers, scanners and AV equipment
  • Provide tier 1 desktop support to IMC staff
  • Find new, creative uses for older, underutilized computers and peripherals

For more information email tech@ucimc.org or call 217-344-8820

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Electronic Hardware Maintenance Interns

The IMC receives many donations of electronic hardware that almost work, but not quite. Few volunteers possess the skill necessary to analyze and repair such hardware, or even determine whether the hardware can be fixed within a reasonable

amount of time with few resources. Electronic Hardware Maintenance Interns will:

  • Determine which pieces of hardware can be repaired within given time and budget constraints
  • Attempt to repair hardware that could work again
  • Find new, creative uses for older, underutilized pieces of electronic equipment

For more information email tech@ucimc.org or call 217-344-8820

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Above all, student interns at the UC-IMC have the ability to be creative in their approaches to addressing community needs through our resources.

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