Western Sound’s production fellowship program

Western Sound, an audio production company based in Los Angeles, Calif., has an production fellowship program for people starting their careers in audio and podcasting.

What is a production fellowship program? It’s just like an internship program, but instead of being aimed at students for college credit, it’s paid and it’s for anyone starting their career in audio.

Our fellowship program is designed to give you editorial, production and business training to help start your career in podcasting. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply (people of color, women, gender non-binary, LGBTQ, immigrants, underrepresented regions / areas / cultures).

Our fellowship program will teach you a lot about:

  • What makes a great podcast
  • How to make great podcasts, including field recording, interviewing and producing
  • The logistics that go into podcast production
  • Podcasting strategies
  • The overall podcast industry

You’ll work directly with our team of producers and help make our shows. You’ll gain real production experience, including: research and reporting, field producing, cutting tape, and mixing. You’ll learn about the business side and why we make the shows we do. You’ll help us keep our office running smoothly (not gonna lie, there’s some housekeeping and gophering too).

At the end of our fellowship program, you’ll have made at least one thing for your reel and have valuable new experiences you’ll take with you to your next job application.

Our production fellowships come up twice a year. They’re 6 month commitments, three days a week (with some weeks having more time); this fellowship will start in January 2020 and run through June. Pay is $16/hour. We do not offer college credit. We do not offer transportation, housing or immigration assistance. Our fellowship positions do not come with health insurance or other benefits.

To apply, please send your resume, audio work samples (if you have some, if you don’t, please still apply), and a cover letter, with answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to get into podcasting?
  • What relevant interests and/or experience do you have?
  • What’s a recent podcast you heard that surprised you (in a good way)?
  • What’s a podcast idea you’ve pursued or would like to pursue?
  • What do you most want to learn about during your fellowship?

We look forward to hearing from you.

The details:
Job title: Production fellow
Term: 6 months
Compensation: $16/hour; 24 hours/week (three full days).
Location: Western Sound HQ in downtown Los Angeles
Application deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019


To apply: send a resume and cover letter to, with the subject line: Production fellowship program.

Western Sound puts diversity at the core of our business: our employee’s diverse backgrounds, orientations, histories, and cultures make our shows better, more interesting and more successful. 

Western Sound is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, disability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by law.

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