CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internships
In honour of journalist and broadcaster Peter Gzowski, CBC Radio has created an internship program for university students in his name. McGill University students in their final year of their program are eligible to apply.
The Gzowski interns will each receive a week of training in the basics of Radio Production at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. McGill interns will be placed with CBC Radio Montreal to learn about the craft of making great radio. Interns will get first-hand experience in contributing to radio programming in a variety of ways.
Please note that prospective interns must have strong working capabilities in French.
Each Gzowski intern will receive a weekly salary and be compensated for all travel and accommodation related to training for the internship. Interns' travel and accommodation expenses will be paid to attend the training week in Toronto. Any other travel or accommodation expenses will not be covered.
We are looking for applicants who:
• Demonstrate a high degree of creativity
• Are curious about the world
• Are engaged in their communities
• Can imagine themselves one day working in public radio
For information on how to apply visit the Gzowski Internship website. (Please disregard the application deadline listed by CBC. You must apply to McGill through the Internship Offices Network).
Completed applications must be submited to the Internship Offices Network in Leacock 232 by 12:00pm (EST) January 13, 2014.
The internship runs from May 5 - August 29, 2014.
Please direct any additional queries to ion [at] mcgill [dot] ca (The Internship Offices Network).
Peter Gzowski CBC Radio Interns
2013 Intern: Emily Murphy
2012 Intern: Kallee Lins
2011 Intern: Dana Holtby
2010 Intern: Claire Caldwell
2009 Intern: Hayley Lapalme
2008 Intern: Eva Boodman
2007 Intern: David Matthews
2006 Intern: Zhaleh Afshar
2005 Intern: Amy Wong
2004 Intern: Althia Raj
2003 Intern: Lindsay Michael
Emily Murphy completed her BA in English Cultural Studies, Anthropology and French. Having been brought up in Goderich, ON listening to the CBC, she is looking forward to working in their Montreal office this summer as a recipient of the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship. Apart from her academics, Emily spent her time in the many theatres across campus both on and off stage, worked as Publicity Director for Tuesday Night Café Theatre, volunteered as a staff food writer for Leacocks' Online Magazine, and offered campus tours to new students. Passionate about effective and creative communication, Emily is excited to be working on the variety of programs that CBC Montreal has to offer and is grateful for this opportunity.
My Time as a Gzowski:
I am a self-professed radio-geek. Growing up in a small-town, radio was often my escape. I would stay up late into the night listening to the CBC to hear the smooth sultry voice of Patti Schmidt on Brave New Waves and the dispatches of journalists stationed far away. So when several friends referred me to the Peter Gzowski internship posting I figured I would give it a shot. I had little journalistic experience, but a strong sense of curiosity and a love for the medium. It didn’t disappoint. I was given the chance to speak to important political figures, skilled storytellers, and even provided with a legitimate excuse to pry into the love lives of my friends. I worked as a researcher, reporter, and writer. I even somehow managed to get my voice on national radio. More importantly, this internship surrounded me with highly skilled and experienced journalists that were open to all of my naïve questions about journalism. There were times that I was overwhelmed and others where I was left bored and unsure of what I was expected to do, but the internship ultimately left me a more experienced journalist with a hunger for good stories.
To listen to a soundclip created by Dana about her experience, click here.
Claire Caldwell graduated from McGill with a Joint Honours in French and English literature in 2010. She is also a product of the McGill Daily School of Journalism, having worked as both Culture and Features editor during her undergrad. She was also deeply involved in the creative writing community at McGill. Claire will be pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Guelph in the fall.
Like many Canadian kids, I grew up with CBC radio – in the car, in the kitchen, and eventually, in my own headphones and bedroom speakers. Both of my parents were CBC producers, so I had my fair share of behind-the-scenes and in-the-studio experiences as a youngster. But none of it diminished the thrill of being hired as a Gzowski Intern.
This summer has been incredible. I began the internship with a few years of student journalism under my belt, but no radio training. With the help of many talented, kind, and intelligent mentors and colleagues, I’ve learned how to pitch, write, edit, and perform for the radio. In short, I’ve learned how to tell stories – both my own, and others’.
The Gzowski Internship is designed so that the intern experiences as many facets of CBC radio as possible, moving from program to program every couple of weeks. I’ve worked on everything from daily current affairs shows to the CBC Literary Awards, from the national program C’est La Vie to Radio2’s coverage of the Montreal International Violin Competition. Every day is different: I’ve wandered Montreal’s streets with microphone and Marantz, soliciting opinions from passerby; I’ve cold-called politicians and lawyers, buskers and writers; I’ve forgotten my surroundings while clipping and tweaking a green wavelength on my computer screen. I can hardly believe how much I’ve experienced and accomplished in the past few months – most of which was, to be honest, kind of terrifying at the outset.
Now, I’m hooked. I’m especially keen to keep making documentaries. This will probably be a freelance endeavour for now, since I’m heading to the University of Guelph in the fall to do an MFA in creative writing. But I’m going to do whatever I can do keep my foot in the door at the CBC. I would give a lot to continue to be a part of this dynamic, supportive and creative world.
Haley Lapalme, a recent graduate from the International Development Studies program in the Faculty of Arts, was one of four Peter Gzowski CBC Radio interns in 2009.
Radio is a magical beast. It is a faceless chameleon that tempts and thrills imaginations… or at least mine! It filled my childhood and my student apartment with noises, bytes, stories, and sounds that kept me informed and in good company. A summer with the CBC was a chance to step into this compelling world. I had very little radio experience when I started. My position carried me through current affairs, news, and performance; learning the manners and methods of each genre of show. In two-week stints I joined various teams and worked under some brilliant mentors. I booked guests and wrote scripts for hosts; I chased heroes and strangers and integrated their voices into documentaries; I chatted with mayors, taxi drivers, Nobel Prize winners, and pedestrians, always with the company of a microphone. The experience banished my technological aversion - I used sound boards and learned to edit tape, gazing at neon green waves snaking across a black screen. Whether I was out getting “streeters,” chasing doctors for professional opinions, or in studio giving voice to the concerns of farmers in rural Quebec, I was constantly immersed in an intense, experiential learning environment. The curriculum and expectations of my program were demanding and gratifying. In the end, the Gzowski internship was as rewarding as it was seductive. I would love to spend my life mastering the art of storytelling, animating the voices and values of Canadians. Next up, I am about to set out on season of traveling across our true North, strong and free and then through the Indian subcontinent. I expect the sensory overload will provide fodder for my musings about masters programs and a future career in broadcasting.
Listen to one of Hayley's podcasts here.