Each year during the month of October, we have a fundraising drive for our internship program called Season of Giving. During Season of Giving, we ask for your support in raising funds for the DNR Studios Internship Program. With your help we are able to offer paid internship opportunities to at risk homeless LGBTQ youth from the Ali Forney Center, students from the City College of NY as well as other community colleges and trade schools. Our program provides valuable life and work skills in a diverse and affirming environment. This program is made possible with the support of foundation grants and patrons like you. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. Read: our 2023 Program Update.
What do your interns learn on the job?
Some skills we teach include:
Audio Software Programs
Live Show Production
How does this internship work?
Our core Digital Media Internship in partnership with the Ali Forney Center has two phases: Basic and Advanced. Each one is 120 hours and takes place over the course of 6-7 weeks.
At the end of the Basic phase, our interns are evaluated before they move on to the Advanced phase. This stage of the internship offers a more generous stipend and allows the intern to build on the skills they acquired in Phase 1.
We also welcome interns from colleges and audio engineering schools where our internship would directly complement their coursework. To qualify for one of these internships, a student must receive course credit for the internship and the length of their internship is determined by the requirements of their educational institution. These internships are paid (hourly or through a completion stipend) depending on the requirements of their educational institution. All of our interns are paid, either through existing programs we partner with or through our own internship program. On rare occasions, some qualifying college interns may only be compensated through their existing financial aid agreement when payment through our program is in conflict. With all of our internships coordinated with third parties, we defer to the rules and requirements of those entities.
Our Internship Program is managed by Katie Castellano, a 13-year veteran of the radio industry. Her career began with a radio internship too! She has mentored and supervised dozens of interns, several of whom have gone on to careers in broadcast & digital media.
What can I do to help?
Our internship is funded entirely by donations from people like you, so the best thing you can do is contribute! Every donation counts, no matter how small. You can even set up automatic $1/week payments if that’s what works best for you!
All donations are tax-deductible, and many companies will even match your donation. Check with your employer to see if you can make your offer go twice as far.
We appreciate all of you for making this possible & hope you consider supporting our cause!
If you’re interested in hiring one of our interns or believe you would qualify to be an intern with us, contact us here.