WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

UPDATE: Special note about COVID

To be eligible for In-Person internships, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, complete daily symptom checks, and wear masks.
Select internships can be completed remotely or hybrid.


Student Involvement at WXPN

WXPN offers the opportunity for local students to gain meaningful, hands-on experience at a nationally recognized leader in Triple-A radio. We hire students studying media, production, engineering, journalism, marketing, public relations, photography, design, business, non-profit management and related fields, and we provide a practical extension and enrichment of a student’s coursework. WXPN is a remarkable work environment for motivated and independent individuals. Many students who start working with us their freshman year continue at WXPN until their education is complete.

To learn more about becoming involved with WXPN as a student, please select from the following opportunities:

WXPN Spring Internships 2022

WXPN welcomes students to apply for unpaid internships. Intern applicants need to be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 5AM and 8PM and some weekends depending on internship needs. Most internship positions require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.

How to Apply:

  1. Download and complete an Internship Application Form for each internship you wish to apply.
  2. Gather any supplemental materials an internship may require
  3. Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your cover letter, resume, supplemental materials, and completed internship application. Include in the subject line: “Internship Application_first and last name”. Submit an application pack for each internship.

Please note: It will take approximately four weeks for your application to be processed. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to notify applicants who are not selected for internships.

Spring 2022 Internships

Development Internships

  • Media Sales
    Hours: 10-15/week
    Available in-person or hybrid

    This is an opportunity for a student interested in communications pertaining to a non-profit organization to apply and build his or her skill set to help assist the Membership Department.

Digital and Web Internships

  • Editorial Content Writer, Music Intern
    UPDATE Hours: 10-15/week
    Available remote

    If you have a passion for music, a background in writing and a working knowledge of social media, we want to hear from you. WXPN is seeking a blogging intern to work on The Key, the station’s website covering the Philadelphia music scene. Interns will write short-form posts covering new music, tour announcements, show previews, concert reviews, record reviews, news updates, and more.
  • Photography Intern
    Hours: 10-15/week
    In Person only

    In any given week, there are numerous events at WXPN that need to be photographed: studio sessions for World Cafe and The Key, Free at Noon concerts, special events and more. We are seeking a photography student to document these things, and assist with upkeep and maintenance of the station's Adobe Light Room archive.
  • Video/Film Intern
    Hours: 15-20/week
    Available in-person only

    This is an opportunity for a Cinematography and Film/Video Production student to apply his or her skill set through real world situations and build a portfolio of published projects. 
  • Web Team Intern
    Hours: 10-20/week
    Available in-person only

    Are you interested in Radio and Website Development? Would you like an internship that provides hands-on experience through various websites that promote music discovery?

Programming Internships

  • Morning Show News
    15 hours - 20 / week (3 days/wk. 6:30am-9:30am EST)
    Available remote

    This is an opportunity to research and write news stories for the XPN Morning Show. Position may include editing interviews into sound bites for newscasts depending on knowledge of digital audio editor.
  • World Cafe Production
    Hours: 10 - 20 /week
    Available in-person only

    This internship provides an understanding of the production process for a nationally syndicated public radio show and is an opportunity to learn the basic principles of recording and editing interviews and music for broadcast.
  • World Cafe Programming
    Hours: 15 - 20 /week
    Available hybrid

    This internship provides a valuable opportunity to gain experience supporting WXPN's NPR-syndicated radio show, World Cafe, through a broad range of tasks.

WXPN Work Study Jobs

UPenn students with a Federal Work Study grant can go to the Student Employment Office to search for available Work Study jobs at WXPN and type in the Keyword: WXPN. Because of WXPN's affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania, we only work with Penn Work Study Students. If you are a Work Study Student from another school, you are welcome to apply for our unpaid internships.

For more information you can email our Community Outreach Coordinator

The University of Pennsylvania is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.