The Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Multicultural Internship Program is a model for broadcasters nationally to follow. Since its inception, IBA has nurtured a diverse group of future Illinois broadcasters, offering them unprecedented opportunities to work and grow with some of the most dedicated professionals in broadcasting. IBA MIP interns have worked at radio and television stations from Chicago to the tip of southern Illinois. The experiences they report and the successes they achieve reflect the time and resources IBA has committed to the Multicultural Internship Program.
Students selected for IBA internships are the cream of the crop. They are chosen by their schools as applicants in a highly competitive process that ultimately whittles down a pool of quality candidates to just a half-dozen or so finalists for paid summer internships. Candidates come from state universities and colleges with membership on IBA’s Academics Committee. Applications are reviewed by IBA's MIP coordinator, a broadcaster and broadcast educator, who interviews applicants at their schools and visits them on site during the internship. MIP interns receive a stipend through the sponsor station to help underwrite their experience, and they are required to spend up to 40-hours a week “on the job.” The MIP coordinator keeps close tabs on the interns progress, debriefs the interns at the conclusion of their internships and serves as a mentor before, during and even after the internship.